Frindle

by

Andrew Clements

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Mrs. Allen Character Analysis

Nick's mother. It's implied that Mrs. Allen is the parent truly responsible for the "homework first" rule, which states that Nick and James must complete their homework before they can play. When Mrs. Chatham visits the Allen family to talk about "frindle" and to try to put a stop to the word, Mrs. Allen is annoyed. She thinks that "frindle" is just a harmless, childlike experiment in language and refuses to force Nick to stop. Mrs. Allen does want to make sure that Nick is being respectful, however.

Mrs. Allen Quotes in Frindle

The Frindle quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Allen or refer to Mrs. 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
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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Mrs. Allen Character Timeline in Frindle

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. 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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...home, so that they can expand their vocabularies and properly complete their homework. Nick's mom, Mrs. Allen , thinks it's great that Mrs. Granger takes her job so seriously, but Nick just... (full context)
Chapter 4: Word Detective
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...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 were thrilled when... (full context)
Chapter 8: Mightier than the Sword
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...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 be there as... (full context)
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Mr. Allen looks embarrassed, but Nick thinks Mrs. Allen looks annoyed. When Mrs. Chatham is finished, Mrs. Allen says that it all sounds pretty... (full context)
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...be able to use it. This stumps the adults. Mrs. Chatham tries to backpedal, but Mrs. Allen insists that Mrs. Granger is overreacting to a "harmless little experiment with language." She asks... (full context)
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...of the whole thing as a chess game. Mrs. Chatham is Mrs. Granger's queen, while Mrs. Allen is Nick's queen. Nick knows that the war will go on until there's a clear... (full context)
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Mr. Allen and Mrs. Allen talk to Nick after Mrs. Chatham leaves. Nick explains that he didn't intend to be... (full context)
Chapter 10: Freedom of the Press
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...school and see what's going on. The day after Mrs. Chatham's visit to Mr. and Mrs. Allen , she reports to the office at Lincoln Elementary. She takes a photo of Mrs.... (full context)
Chapter 11: Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
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...The class photo accompanies the article, with a caption identifying both Nick and Mrs. Granger. Mrs. Allen is angry, as she believes Nick spoke to Judy without permission; the school superintendent is... (full context)
Chapter 12: Airwaves
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...Nick knows this 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... (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. Allen puts her... (full context)
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Mrs. Allen steps on Nick's foot when Alice asks if Nick was surprised when Mrs. Granger reacted... (full context)
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...to make a deal with Mr. Allen to buy the rights to the word. When Mrs. Allen tells her husband the next day that he needs to call Bud Lawrence about the... (full context)
Chapter 14: Inside Nick
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...happen and worries about getting in trouble, so he doesn't tell anyone about his idea. Mrs. Allen notices Nick looking sad and down, but he tells her that everything is fine. Mrs.... (full context)