I’m the King of the Castle

Anthony Fielding Character Analysis

Anthony Fielding first appears late in the novel, but he’s one of the most important people in Charles Kingshaw’s life. The child of a working-class family, Anthony is calm, self-possessed, and matter-of-fact about everything, even when other boys try to intimidate him. While he shares the same social class as Charles, Anthony is mature and fearless where Charles is frequently paranoid or unsure of himself. Anthony gives Charles some valuable advice about self-reliance, assuring Charles that Edmund Hooper, while he may be intimidating, will not bring physical harm to Charles. As wise as this advice is, it does nothing to make Charles feel better: Edmund has already gotten inside Charles’s head. Anthony can’t understand it, but Charles is unable to control the fear he feels for Edmund.

Anthony Fielding Quotes in I’m the King of the Castle

The I’m the King of the Castle quotes below are all either spoken by Anthony Fielding or refer to Anthony Fielding. 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 14 Quotes

Kingshaw thought, he knows everybody and they know him. He lives here, and I live here, now, but I don't know anyone or anything, except Mrs Boland and the woman at the post office. Hooper doesn't know anybody, either, we might as well be on the moon. He thought of Warings, surrounded by the high hedge, dark and inaccessible. All the time, this other boy had been watching, aware of him.

Related Characters: Charles Kingshaw (speaker), Edmund Hooper (speaker), Anthony Fielding (speaker)
Page Number: 175
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Kingshaw nodded, numb before this battery of experience, bewildered by so many sights and smells and terrible truths, but still willing to be led by Fielding, to be shown everything at once.

Related Characters: Charles Kingshaw, Anthony Fielding
Page Number: 178
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Chapter 16 Quotes

From the doorway, watching them, Kingshaw thought, Hooper believes him, he isn't going to make him open the case and put his hand on one, he isn't going to make him prove it, he just believes him. That's the way Fielding is, that's the way you should be, It had been different with him. Hooper had known, from the very first moment he had looked into Fielding’s face, that it would all be easy, that he would always be able to make him afraid. Why, thought Kingshaw, why? His eyes suddenly pricked with tears, at the unfairness of it. WHY?

Related Characters: Charles Kingshaw, Edmund Hooper, Anthony Fielding
Page Number: 213
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Anthony Fielding Character Timeline in I’m the King of the Castle

The timeline below shows where the character Anthony Fielding appears in I’m the King of the Castle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 14
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...the two boys throw the plantain heads back and forth. The boy introduces himself as Fielding. He runs down the road and shouts for Charles to follow him. Fielding explains that... (full context)
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...himself that he won’t be sick, and that he’s not afraid. He also notices that Fielding is “sitting back on his heels.” Fielding then takes Charles to see the turkeys in... (full context)
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Fielding introduces Charles to his mother, and asks his mother if Charles can stay for dinner—she... (full context)
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Later that day, Charles is with Fielding. Charles explains how he ran away into Hang Wood. Fielding is impressed that Charles went... (full context)
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...Edmund does not come home, because he has a fever. Charles spends the day with Fielding. He imitates the way Fielding sucks a straw, noting, “He must look and talk like... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...was your fault and I told them, it’s what they believe.” Charles tries to remember Fielding’s advice, but in spite of himself he waits for punishment, dreading what might happen to... (full context)
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Charles tries to sneak out of the house to find Fielding, but Helena catches him. Charles claims he’s going to buy ice cream, and she sighs... (full context)
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Suddenly, Charles sees Fielding, sitting in a big van. Fielding explains that he and his father are driving the... (full context)
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Back at Warings, Edmund tells Charles that he knows about Fielding—Helena told him. He adds, “Your mother tells me lots of things about you.” Charles begins... (full context)
Chapter 16
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A few days later, Helena tells Charles that she’s spoken to Fielding’s mother and invited her son, whose full name is Anthony Fielding, to tea. Charles doesn’t... (full context)
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Charles wonders what tea with Fielding will be like. He decides that Edmund won’t be able to frighten or embarrass Fielding,... (full context)
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During Fielding’s visit to Warings, Edmund offers to show Fielding inside the Red Room, and adds that... (full context)
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Back in the Red Room, Edmund suggests that Fielding come look at his “battle plans.” Fielding asks Charles if he wants to. Then, Edmund... (full context)
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Edmund tells Fielding not to pay attention to Charles. He tells Fielding that he wants to show Fielding... (full context)
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When Edmund came back from Fielding’s farm, he didn’t say anything about his chart disappearing. This unnerved Charles—Charles had expected Edmund... (full context)