Diary of a Wimpy Kid

by

Jeff Kinney

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Rowley Jefferson Character Analysis

Rowley has been Greg’s best friend ever since Rowley’s family moved to the neighborhood a couple years ago. Greg thinks that Rowley has always been a bit uncool—when they met, for instance, Rowley had a book called “How to Make Friends in New Places,” which Rowley’s mom gave him. Despite Greg’s obsession with gaining popularity, Rowley is completely unconcerned about what people think of him. Greg has tried to explain “this whole popularity thing” to Rowley, but it just “goes in one ear and out another” with him. For example, he still asks Greg to come over and “play,” even though Greg reminds him to say “hang out.” Indeed, Rowley has protective parents and is in some ways quite childish, since his parents safety-proof his Halloween costume and put a parental lock on his television to restrict violent content. In other ways, however, Rowley is far more emotionally mature than Greg. He writes a successful comic called “Zoo-Wee-Ma” for the school newspaper, which earns him lavish praise from classmates and teachers alike. In general, he also tends to be better-liked by teachers (he wins an award) and students (girls express sympathy when he breaks his hand) than Greg is. Perhaps this is precisely because of his lack of interest in social status; unlike Greg, he isn’t self-conscious or easily embarrassed and is thus able to be true to himself. This also means that Rowley is a much more loyal friend to Greg than Greg is to him.

Rowley Jefferson Quotes in Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid quotes below are all either spoken by Rowley Jefferson or refer to Rowley Jefferson. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Abrams edition of Diary of a Wimpy Kid published in 2007.
September Quotes

I try to explain all this popularity stuff to Rowley (who is probably hovering around the 150 mark, by the way), but I think it just goes in one ear and out the other with him.

Related Characters: Greg Heffley (speaker), Rowley Jefferson
Page Number: 8
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I have told Rowley at least a billion times that now we’re in middle school, you’re supposed to say “hang out,” not “play.” But no matter how many noogies I give him, he always forgets the next time. I’ve been trying to be a lot more careful about my image since I got to middle school. But having Rowley around is definitely not helping.

Related Characters: Greg Heffley (speaker), Rowley Jefferson
Page Number: 18
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March Quotes

I can’t believe Rowley went and backstabbed me like that. While I was sitting there getting chewed out by Mr. Winsky, I was thinking, I need to remember to give my friend a lecture about loyalty.

Related Characters: Greg Heffley (speaker), Rowley Jefferson, Mr. Winsky
Page Number: 187
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April Quotes

Ever since the worm incident, Rowley has been hanging out with Collin Lee every day after school. What really stinks is that Collin is supposed to be MY backup friend. These guys are acting totally ridiculous. Today, Rowley and Collin were wearing these matching T-shirts, and it made me just about want to vomit.

Related Characters: Greg Heffley (speaker), Rowley Jefferson, Collin Lee
Page Number: 190
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May Quotes

If the truth ever came out about how the Cheese disappeared, Rowley would be finished. He’d have to move out of the state, and maybe even the country. That’s when I decided to speak up. I told everyone that I knew what happened to the Cheese. I said I was sick of it being on the court, and I just decided to get rid of it once and for all…if I threw away the Cheese, guess what that meant? It meant that I have the Cheese Touch.

Related Characters: Greg Heffley (speaker), Rowley Jefferson
Related Symbols: The Cheese Touch
Page Number: 214-215
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June Quotes

Well, if Rowley appreciated what I did for him last week, he hasn’t said it. But we’ve started hanging out after school again, so I guess that means me and him are back to normal. I can honestly say that so far, having the Cheese Touch hasn’t been all that bad.

Related Characters: Greg Heffley (speaker), Rowley Jefferson
Related Symbols: The Cheese Touch
Page Number: 216
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Rowley Jefferson Character Timeline in Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The timeline below shows where the character Rowley Jefferson appears in Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
September
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...he himself is “around 52nd or 53rd.” He’s tried to explain this to his friend Rowley (who Greg thinks is “probably around the 150 mark”), but Rowley shows little interest in... (full context)
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Saturday. Greg wakes up and goes to his friend Rowley’s house. Although Rowley is “technically” his best friend, Greg has been avoiding him since the... (full context)
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...physically active and sometimes tells him to go outside. Whenever this happens, Greg goes to Rowley’s house to play more video games—but he can’t play violent video games there, since Rowley’s... (full context)
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Wednesday. Greg’s dad makes Greg go outside again, and on his way to Rowley’s he runs into Fregley, a “weird kid” who lives near his house. Fregley is in... (full context)
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...is determined to listen to it. He steals the CD from Rodrick’s room and asks Rowley to bring his CD player to school—but it has no batteries, so they can’t use... (full context)
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...Manny’s “Discovering the Alphabet” case to disguise his games when he goes to play at Rowley’s house. (full context)
October
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...hides in the bushes and sprays passing teenagers with water. Greg’s mom takes Greg and Rowley to the Crossland High School haunted house. When Rowley shows up, Greg is embarrassed to... (full context)
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Saturday. Greg decides to make a haunted house of his own in Rowley’s basement (without parental permission). His ideas include a maze of 1,000 skulls, an acid lake,... (full context)
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Sunday and Tuesday. Rowley is grounded as a punishment for the haunted house, and Greg is annoyed that he... (full context)
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...about his costume, but his mom brings him a pirate costume at the last minute. Rowley’s mom, meanwhile, has made so many “safety improvements” to the knight costume that it doesn’t... (full context)
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On their way home, Greg and Rowley have a run-in with a few teenagers who spray them with a fire extinguisher from... (full context)
November
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...of a wrestling unit in physical education, Greg begins practicing some moves at home with Rowley. He doesn’t want to get too good, however, remembering the case of a star athlete... (full context)
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...makes an improvised bench press and barbells from old milk cartons and boxes. He invites Rowley over for a workout session. To test Rowley’s dedication to weightlifting, Greg puts on a... (full context)
December
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...the video game to the homeless man instead. Greg re-gifts the “Lil Cutie” book to Rowley but is disappointed with the gift Rowley gives him, a “Big Wheel” toy scooter. He... (full context)
January
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...tells Greg that he has to write thank-you notes before he can go over to Rowley’s house. Greg has a hard time with this, since he hated all his gifts. He... (full context)
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Friday and Monday. Greg knocks Rowley off the Big Wheel, accidentally breaking his hand. Rowley has to wear a cast, which... (full context)
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Tuesday. Jealous of Rowley’s popularity at school, Greg tries to fake an injury to garner similar sympathy. However, telling... (full context)
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...the street—he won’t be bullied because he’ll be in a “position of authority.” He and Rowley sign up to walk kindergarteners home from school, which will also conveniently allow them to... (full context)
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Tuesday. Greg and Rowley take advantage of the free hot chocolate available to Safety Patrols in the morning, even... (full context)
February
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...It’s a snow day, and Greg is excited about building the “world’s biggest snowman” with Rowley. Their snowball is so big that it tears up the turf on Greg’s lawn, angering... (full context)
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...cartoon for an anti-smoking campaign, so he thinks he has a good shot. Greg and Rowley decide to write a cartoon together but have trouble coming up with actual jokes. Greg... (full context)
March
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Wednesday. Rowley gets in trouble with Mr. Winsky for reportedly “terrorizing” the kindergarteners during Safety Patrol. What... (full context)
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Thursday. Greg decides to “let Rowley take one for the team” this time, so Rowley has to apologize to the kindergarteners.... (full context)
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...“the real culprit in the worm-chasing incident.” He fires Greg from Safety Patrol and reinstates Rowley. Greg quickly figures out that the anonymous source was probably Rowley, and is incredulous that... (full context)
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Wednesday. Greg has now lost his hot chocolate privileges, and worse, Rowley doesn’t make any effort to give him some hot chocolate in the mornings. He notices... (full context)
April
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Friday. Since the Safety Patrol incident, Rowley has been hanging out with Collin Lee every day after school instead of Greg. This... (full context)
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Monday. Greg claims that he is better off without having to carry around Rowley’s “dead weight,” socially. Looking through Rodrick’s old middle school yearbook, Greg sees superlatives like “Most... (full context)
May
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...Ira’s intervention, and he is shocked to see that his replacement is none other than Rowley. The “Zoo-Wee-Mama” strip is incredibly popular with students, who laugh over it during lunch. Greg... (full context)
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Monday. Greg confronts Rowley and accuses him of stealing the “Zoo-Wee-Mama” idea, but Rowley refuses to put his name... (full context)
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...feet away from where they’re standing on the basketball court. One of the teenagers drags Rowley over to the Cheese and makes him eat it. They try to make Greg eat... (full context)
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...vanished. Greg suspects that some of the students will eventually figure out that he and Rowley had something to do with it. Rowley starts to panic, knowing that the social consequences... (full context)
June
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Friday. Since getting the Cheese Touch, life hasn’t been too bad for Greg. He and Rowley are friends again, and he didn’t have to square dance in P.E. because no one... (full context)