Frindle

by

Andrew Clements

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Mrs. Chatham Character Analysis

The principal of Lincoln Elementary School. She's a tall and broad woman whom Nick notes is as tall as his father, Mr. Allen. Mrs. Chatham only becomes involved in the "frindle" business when she's forced to stay after school one day and help Mrs. Granger manage the 200 students who earned detention by saying the word “frindle.” Mrs. Chatham believes that the students are revolting and refusing to respect authority by using their new word instead of "pen," and more than anything, she's afraid that she and Mrs. Granger will lose their jobs and the school's tax money for letting the story get out. When Nick begins to think of the fight as a chess game, he refers to Mrs. Chatham as Mrs. Granger's queen.

Mrs. Chatham Quotes in Frindle

The Frindle quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Chatham or refer to Mrs. Chatham. 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 8 Quotes

And the next day, all the fifth graders did it again, and so did a lot of other students—over two hundred kids.

Parents called to complain. The school bus drivers threatened to go on strike. And then the school board and the superintendent got involved.

Related Characters: Nick Allen, Mrs. Granger, Mrs. Chatham
Page Number: 48
Explanation and Analysis:
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 10 Quotes

What could she say, though? Mrs. Chatham couldn't very well keep the reporter away from Mrs. Granger because, after all, America is a free country with a free press.

Related Characters: Mrs. Granger, Mrs. Chatham, Judy Morgan
Page Number: 60
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mrs. Chatham Character Timeline in Frindle

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Chatham appears in Frindle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8: Mightier than the Sword
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...can't possibly keep every student after school. Mrs. Granger keeps 80 students that day, and Mrs. Chatham has to stay to help manage all the students. The fifth graders do it again... (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... (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 silly. She suggests that there's... (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" is in the dictionary;... (full context)
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Nick begins to think 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... (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 disrespectful, but all the kids like... (full context)
Chapter 10: Freedom of the Press
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...word, she decides to visit the 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.... (full context)
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...the school board all week and she's tired of it. However, she shows Judy to Mrs. Chatham 's office. Judy realizes immediately that Mrs. Chatham is very uncomfortable talking about the issue.... (full context)
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Then, Judy asks if she can speak to Mrs. Granger. Mrs. Chatham gives her permission to do so, though Judy knows that if Mrs. Chatham thought she... (full context)
Chapter 11: Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
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...as she believes Nick spoke to Judy without permission; the school superintendent is upset with Mrs. Chatham for putting the school's tax funding at risk; and Mrs. Chatham is upset with Mrs.... (full context)