Frindle

by

Andrew Clements

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Mr. Allen Character Analysis

Nick's dad. He owns a hardware store in Westfield, and though he's proud of Nick for inventing a new word, he also wants the madness and attention to stop. Because of this, Mr. Allen is willing to go along with Mrs. Chatham's insistence that Nick needs to stop (he only takes this back when Mrs. Allen makes him) and he's very happy to let local businessman Bud Lawrence handle all of the money—and keep 70 percent of the royalties—from frindle-branded merchandise. With the money, he sets up a secret savings trust for Nick to gain access of when he turns 21.

Mr. Allen Quotes in Frindle

The Frindle quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Allen or refer to Mr. Allen. 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 Simon and Schuster edition of Frindle published in 1996.
Chapter 6 Quotes

Then when Nick went to preschool, he learned that if he wanted his teacher and the other kids to understand him, he had to use the word music. But gwagala meant that nice sound to Nick, because Nick said so. Who says gwagala means music? "You do, Nicholas."

Page Number: 34-35
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Chapter 9 Quotes

Nick shook his head. "I can't, Dad. It won't work. It's a real word now. It used to be just mine, but not anymore."

Related Characters: Nick Allen (speaker), Mrs. Chatham, Mr. Allen
Page Number: 55
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 12 Quotes

"Well," said Nick, "The funny thing is, even though I invented it, it's not my word anymore. Frindle belongs to everyone now, and I guess everyone will figure out what happens together."

Related Characters: Nick Allen (speaker), Mrs. Granger, Mrs. Allen, Mr. Allen, Alice Lunderson
Page Number: 76
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mr. Allen Character Timeline in Frindle

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Allen appears in Frindle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: Mrs. Granger
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...Nick just groans. He likes words and likes to read, but he prefers to ask Mr. Allen or his brother James for a word's definition if he doesn't know it. He's heard... (full context)
Chapter 4: Word Detective
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...Mrs. Granger assigned, he pouts about having to do homework on such a beautiful day. Mr. Allen and Mrs. Allen insist that their children complete their homework first thing after school. They... (full context)
Chapter 8: Mightier than the Sword
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...school. Parents complain, the school board and superintendent get involved, and Mrs. Chatham visits Nick, Mr. Allen , and Mrs. Allen. (full context)
Chapter 9: Chess
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When Mrs. Chatham calls Mr. Allen and Mrs. Allen on October first to set up the meeting, she asks that Nick... (full context)
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Mr. Allen looks embarrassed, but Nick thinks Mrs. Allen looks annoyed. When Mrs. Chatham is finished, Mrs.... (full context)
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Mr. Allen expresses agreement with Mrs. Chatham's reasoning, but Nick speaks up and notes that even "ain't"... (full context)
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Mr. Allen and Mrs. Allen talk to Nick after Mrs. Chatham leaves. Nick explains that he didn't... (full context)
Chapter 12: Airwaves
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...is impossible, and he feels as though everyone is watching him. Fortunately, Mrs. Allen and Mr. Allen support Nick and believe he did nothing wrong. They also think it's amazing that their... (full context)
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When Alice and her crew arrive at the Allens' house, Mr. Allen and Mrs. Allen are ready. They squish Nick on the couch between them and Mrs.... (full context)
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...everyone in the country knows it. The lawyer tells Bud to make a deal with Mr. Allen to buy the rights to the word. When Mrs. Allen tells her husband the next... (full context)
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Bud compliments Mr. Allen on Nick's ingenuity and sees his opportunity when Mr. Allen admits that he's ready for... (full context)
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Mr. Allen barely has to think about it before he signs the contract and the trademark papers.... (full context)
Chapter 15: And the Winner Is...
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...First, he turns 21 and gains access to the money in the trust fund that Mr. Allen set up. Nick can barely understand how rich he is. He convinces his parents to... (full context)