Fish in a Tree

Mrs. Hall Character Analysis

Mrs. Hall is Ally's teacher at the beginning of the novel. She's pregnant and soon to go on maternity leave. Ally doesn't dislike Mrs. Hall; in fact, she's thrilled to be able to give Mrs. Hall a beautiful card with flowers on it for her baby shower. This backfires, though, when Ally discovers that the card is actually a sympathy card, which makes Mrs. Hall very sad.

Mrs. Hall Quotes in Fish in a Tree

The Fish in a Tree quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Hall or refer to Mrs. Hall. 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 Penguin edition of Fish in a Tree published in 2015.
Chapter 2 Quotes

I stand tall, but everything inside shrinks. The thing is, I feel real bad. I mean, I felt terrible when the neighbor's dog died, never mind if a baby had died. I just didn't know it was a sad card like that. All I could see were beautiful yellow flowers. And all I could imagine was how happy I was going to make her.

Related Characters: Ally (speaker), Mrs. Silver, Mrs. Hall
Page Number: 10
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Mrs. Hall Character Timeline in Fish in a Tree

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Hall appears in Fish in a Tree. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: In Trouble Again
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Mrs. Hall stands in front of Ally's desk, encouraging her to finish her page of writing about... (full context)
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Mrs. Hall reminds Ally that if she weren't drawing all the time, she could get her work... (full context)
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...sigh. Ally knows that they're all thinking that she's a dumb freak and wonders why Mrs. Hall won't let her off the hook like she usually does. Ally tries to stall by... (full context)
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...up her pencil and scribbles all over her desk, and then explains to a flabbergasted Mrs. Hall that the scribbles were there when she sat down. Kids start laughing and Shay whispers... (full context)
Chapter 2: Yellow Card
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Jessica brings a huge bouquet of flowers for Mrs. Hall 's baby shower, while Max gives her a package of diapers. Ally thinks that her... (full context)
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Shay and Jessica laugh and ignore Mrs. Hall 's admonitions while Ally wonders why she isn't used to this. Keisha, the new girl,... (full context)
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...pockets as Oliver bursts out of the room to confusingly say that Ally must've given Mrs. Hall the card because she's sorry that Mrs. Hall is leaving to have her baby. Mrs.... (full context)
Chapter 3: Never up to Me
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...prodding, Ally admits that she wasn't trying to be funny and didn't want to hurt Mrs. Hall , but she stops short of telling the truth when she sees how disappointed Mrs.... (full context)
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...at the poster and again wishes she knew what it said. She races back to Mrs. Hall 's classroom to apologize but when she sees the sad look on Mrs. Hall's face,... (full context)
Chapter 4: Bird in a Cage
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...cream, and miserably apologizes when Mom calls her back to reality. Ally says she thought Mrs. Hall would like the card. Mom is incredulous. (full context)
Chapter 8: Real Trouble
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...also says that she likes math and drawing. Mr. Daniels says that he's spoken with Mrs. Hall and Mrs. Silver, and knows that Ally spends a lot of time in the office.... (full context)