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Mrs. Peters
NPC-Female-3
Biographical Information
World Our World
Title(s) Unknown
Also known as Evelyn Peters
Physical information
Species Human
Gender Female
Age Around retirement age
Hair colour Dark
Eye colour Unknown
Other Traits Wears thick glasses, has squinted eyes
Family information
Family Members Unknown
Affiliation Unknown
Land of Stories
First Appearance The Wishing Spell, ch 1
Appeared in Book(s) The Wishing Spell, The Enchantress Returns, A Grimm Warning, An Author's Odyssey

Background

Evelyn Peters is an original character from the Land of Stories series.

She used to be Conner and Alex Bailey's 6th grade schoolteacher until she became the school's principal.[1] She retires in book 5.

Appearance and Personality

"Mrs. Peters was a tall, thin woman who always wore dresses that resembled old, patterned sofas. Her hair was dark and curly and sat perfectly on th etop of her head like a hat (and her students often thought it was). Through a pair of thick glasses, her eyes were permanently squinted from all the judgemental looks she had given her class over the years."[2]

Mrs. Peters is described as a somehwat grouchy, stern woman. She believes fairytales hold valuable lessons, but disapproves of modern adaptations. In The Wishing Spell, it is mentioned that her favorite student is Alex Bailey, who seems to be the only one who always pays attention to her lessons.[3] In An Author's Odyssey, Mrs. Peters admits that her favorite is actually Conner, because he has "progressed the most."[4]

She occasionally calls her students "idiots".

It is mentioned in The Enchantress Returns that she used to dream about retirement before she was promoted to principal, so it can be assumed she is around retirement age. At the start of the second book, she has been teaching for 25 years. She accepts the job offer because it gives her "authority over impressionable youngsters".[5] She retires in book 5.

In A Grimm Warning, she voluntarily takes several students along on a trip to Europe, and generally seems a little more indulgent towards them than in the previous books. Her first name is revealed in chapter 5 when she introduces herself to her driver as Evelyn Peters.

She has a master's degree in English and likes to travel first class. She keeps an 'inspiration folder' with works and mementos of her students, to browse when she had a rough day.[6]

Relationships

She is quite fond of Alex Bailey, and warms up to Conner in the second book as well.

She worked for the Willowcrest Unified School District for thirty years, first as a teacher, then as a principal of Willowcrest Elementary School.

Mrs. Peters knew the Fairy Godmother - as a young child, Mrs. Peters was in the hospital with pneumonia, and the Fairy Godmother visited her and cheered her up with fairy tales. This inspired Mrs. Peters to become a teacher and share the love of fairy tales with her students.[7]

Story

1. The Wishing Spell

Mrs. Peters only appears in the first chapter. She encourages her class to read fairy tales and gives them an essay about them as homework.

2. The Enchantress Returns

Mrs. Peters is now the Headmaster of Alex and Conner's school. She encourages Conner to keep writing his "original stories".

3. A Grimm Warning

Mrs. Peters invites Connor Bailey to a trip to Europe because of Connor's great work in creative writing class. She is meeting up with an old colleague, Mrs. Weiss, who has told her about the newly discovered fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm time capsule.

4.Beyond The Kingdoms

She is mentioned several times by the book huggers as "Principal Peters".

5. An Author's Odyssey

She appears in the Prologue, at a ceremony for her retirement, then visits her old classroom for sentimentality's sake. She sees Alex and Conner appear out of thin air, then reveals she knows of the Land of Stories. She gives Conner his short stories from her inspiration folder, and makes him promise to go back to school and continue to write[8].

Quotes

"Intelligence is not a competition," she said. "There is plenty to go around, and there are many ways it can be demonstrated."[9]

"Just because anyone can do something doesn't mean everyone should," Mrs Peters said. "Besides, everyone with an internet connection feels they have the credentials to critique on or belittle anything these days."[10]

"When you get to be my age, Mr. Bailey, you'll learn that nothing is worth traveling for unless you can do it in absolute comfort."[11]

"That would require judgment, and I always thought judging a child is like judging an unfinished piece of art."[12]

"Students", she said, "They come and go so quickly."[13]

"As teachers, we must not guide our students to become the people we wish them to be, but elevate them to become the people they were meant to be."[14]

"No one ever stops being a student in the classroom of life."[15]

"Good-bye classroom," Mrs. Peters said, "I'll miss the lessons we taught together, but even more, I'll miss the lessons we learned."[16]

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References

  1. Between TLOS I & TLOS II
  2. TLOS I, ch 1 p. 12
  3. TLOS I, ch 1, p. 13-14
  4. TLOS V, Prologue, p 16
  5. TLOS II, ch 4, p. 49-50
  6. TLOS V, Prologue, p 16
  7. TLOS V, Prologue, p 13-14
  8. TLOS V, Prologue, p 17
  9. TLOS II, ch 4, p. 53
  10. TLOS II, ch 4, p. 53
  11. TLOS III, ch 5, p. 91
  12. TLOS V, Prologue, p 6
  13. TLOS V, Prologue, p. 19
  14. TLOS V, Prologue, p. 4
  15. TLOS V, Prologue, p 6
  16. TLOS V, Prologue, p 10

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