Study Guide

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children The Home

By Ransom Riggs

The Home

Prologue

My grandfather was the only member of his family to escape Poland before the Second World War broke out. (Prologue.47)

It's sad that Jacob's grandfather had to leave his home at such a young age, and it's even sadder that he could never return. Jacob will have to face the same decision at the end of the book.

Chapter 2

My solution was to stop leaving the house. (2.3)

Jacob needs safety after Grandpa dies in the woods, so he stays home. Unfortunately, he goes a little overboard, and the home becomes more of a trap than a safe haven. Jacob doesn't even go to Grandpa's funeral.

Chapter 4
Jacob Magellan Portman

"I thought I'd scared you off it. How's our haunted mansion faring these days? Still standing?" (4.79)

It's difficult for Jacob to see how Miss Peregrine's decrepit house could have ever been a home, especially when everyone else on the island thinks it's haunted.

Chapter 6

I gazed at it in wonder—not because it was awful, but because it was beautiful. (6.3)

It's not until Jacob goes back in time that he sees what a welcoming place the house once was.

"His shoes are caked with filth," [Millard] said. "Can't have him tracking in mud. The Bird'll have an attack." (6.5)

Miss Peregrine runs a tight ship, and she's educated her kids well. They respect the home.

"Something had to be done, so people like myself created places where young peculiars could live apart from common folk—physically and temporally isolated enclaves like this one, of which I am enormously proud." (6.97)

One of the most valuable gifts a person can give or receive is that of a safe place to live, and Miss Peregrine has done that by taking in the peculiar children.

Chapter 8
Jacob Magellan Portman

"That isn't why you should stay. You belong here, Jacob." (8.298)

Jacob never felt at home in Florida (because he's not ninety years old), so it's not surprising that he wants to stay in a place where he fits in with kids his age… or ninety-year-olds who at least look his age.

It was as if being here had some kind of narcotic effect on me; like the loop itself was a drug—a mood enhancer and a sedative combined—and if I stayed too long, I'd never want to leave. (8.48)

This narcotic effect is interesting, and not really explored beyond this sentence. Is it the safety and serenity of the place that is intoxicating, or is there an actual magical spell on the place to make Jacob want to stay?

Miss Alma LeFay Peregrine

"This is their home. I have tried to make it as fine a place as I could. But the plain fact is they cannot leave, and I'd appreciate it if you didn't make them want to." (8.28)

Miss Peregrine understands that even though her children are safe, they're still curious to explore elsewhere. The more you hear about amazing things outside of where you live, the more you want to leave home, no matter how nice it is.

Chapter 10
Jacob Magellan Portman

"Help us find more people like you. In return, you'll have nothing to fear from Malthus or his kind. You can live at my home. In your free time you'll come with me and see the world, and we'll pay you handsomely." (10.241)

Jacob is tempted by Golan's option, because he doesn't want to have to choose between two other homes—the home where this parents are, and the home where his friends are. But he decides that he can't turn against his new friends merely for the sake of security and power.