Fish in a Tree

Mrs. Silver Character Analysis

The principal at Ally's school. At the start of the novel, Mrs. Silver is exasperated with how often she sees Ally in her office. She tells Ally that the sympathy card is too far out of line and, like Mom, she believes that Ally does things like that on purpose. Thanks to Mr. Daniels Ally doesn't see much of Mrs. Silver for the rest of the novel until she wins student of the month. At that point, Mrs. Silver apologizes to Ally for not suspecting dyslexia earlier and tells Ally that she's proud of all the progress she's made.

Mrs. Silver Quotes in Fish in a Tree

The Fish in a Tree quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Silver or refer to Mrs. Silver. 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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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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Chapter 51 Quotes

I want you to know how sorry I am about the bumpy road we had for a while. I'm proud of all the strides you're making. All the hard work you're doing. We should have picked up on your learning differences before, but you were so bright... and, well, I hope you'll give me another chance to help.

Related Characters: Mrs. Silver (speaker), Ally
Page Number: 262
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Mrs. Silver Character Timeline in Fish in a Tree

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Silver appears in Fish in a Tree. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: Yellow Card
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...it. Ally feels proud to have done something nice, but is confused when her principal, Mrs. Silver , looks at the card and then motions for Ally to follow her out of... (full context)
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...plays with when she gets nervous. Ally has no idea what's going on but follows Mrs. Silver into the hall. (full context)
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Mrs. Silver tells Ally that this is beyond inappropriate and a bad way to get attention. Ally... (full context)
Chapter 3: Never up to Me
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Mrs. Silver asks Ally if she has anything to say, but Ally stays silent. Eventually, Mrs. Silver... (full context)
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At Mrs. Silver 's prodding, Ally admits that she wasn't trying to be funny and didn't want to... (full context)
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Mrs. Silver points to a poster with two hands reaching for each other with words underneath and... (full context)
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The bell rings. Mrs. Silver says that Ally has crossed a line and when Mr. Daniels arrives on Monday, Ally... (full context)
Chapter 7: No Grandpas Here
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...her smile. Mr. Daniels turns back to Ally, who quietly introduces herself and wonders what Mrs. Silver told him about her. He calls the class to attention by calling them "fantasticos," but... (full context)
Chapter 8: Real Trouble
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...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. He says... (full context)
Chapter 29: Fish in a Tree
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Finally, Mr. Daniels says that he's spoken to Mrs. Silver and Miss Kessler, and they'd like to give Ally some tests. The results will help... (full context)
Chapter 35: A Picture is Worth a Gazillion Words
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Ally goes right to Mrs. Silver 's office, where she asks Mrs. Silver to call Mom. Ally doesn't even know why... (full context)
Chapter 51: C-O-U-R-A-GEnius
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...extremely happy. He tells her yes and then gives her an envelope to take to Mrs. Silver . He says that she has to give it to her in person and bring... (full context)
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Mrs. Silver comes up behind Ally, puts her hands on Ally's shoulders, and asks her to keep... (full context)
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Ally hands over the envelope. Mrs. Silver laughs when she opens it, saying that the note reads that Ally is the student... (full context)