O Pioneers!

Frank Shabata Character Analysis

Frank is Marie’s husband and Alexandra’s neighbor in the latter half of the book. He is described as a cheerful, handsome man early in life, but he becomes embittered by hard work and turns into a jealous man after he marries. He falls into rages, including the one that eventually kills Marie and Emil.

Frank Shabata Quotes in O Pioneers!

The O Pioneers! quotes below are all either spoken by Frank Shabata or refer to Frank Shabata. 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 and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of O Pioneers! published in 1994.
Part 3, Chapter 1 Quotes

Alexandra had never heard Marie speak so frankly about her husband before, and she felt that it was wiser not to encourage her. No good, she reasoned, ever came from talking about such things…

Related Characters: Alexandra Bergson, Marie Shabata, Frank Shabata
Page Number: 132
Explanation and Analysis:

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Frank Shabata Character Timeline in O Pioneers!

The timeline below shows where the character Frank Shabata appears in O Pioneers!. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2, Chapter 4
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...ran away from convent school when she was eighteen in order to get married to Frank Shabata. Alexandra is fond of Marie and tries to get along with Frank on her... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 6
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Half an hour later, as Carl and Alexandra are leaving Marie, they meet Frank Shabata coming up the path. Marie runs up to him to introduce him to her... (full context)
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Marie follows Frank into the house, doting on him and telling him that she will make him some... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 7
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...Marie was his youngest child and the apple of his eye. When she was sixteen, Frank Shabata came into town and intrigued many of the girls, since he was handsome and... (full context)
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Frank became more determined than ever to have Marie, and Marie pined in the convent until... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 8
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The evening after Carl and Alexandra’s visit, Frank reads about their neighbors’ divorce, growing angry at the details about how they purportedly spend... (full context)
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The next morning turns out to be clear and sunny, but Frank heads to the saloon because he claims that the ground is too wet to plough.... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 1
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A week into Mrs. Lee’s visit at Alexandra’s, Marie calls to invite them over. Frank has gone to town for the day. Mrs. Lee wears her new cross-stitched apron, and... (full context)
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...for the old woman to borrow. As Alexandra looks for the patterns, she comes across Frank’s old yellow cane, and Marie exclaims at the finding. She says that Frank used to... (full context)
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...imagines the types of adventures he might be having in Mexico. Marie feels sorry that Frank can’t have those kinds of adventures any longer—she feels that she has brought out the... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 1
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...his costume and asks about Mexico, and when everyone sits down to supper, she drags Frank’s arm so that they are sitting across from the Bergsons. Marie hangs on to every... (full context)
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...allows everyone to bid on one of his turquoise shirt studs. Marie attempts to get Frank to bid, but he refuses, and the stud goes to a French girl. Marie shrugs... (full context)
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...why he put his turquoise shirt stud up for auction—she had wanted it desperately, but Frank would never bid for it. Emil laughs shortly and pulls out a handful of uncut... (full context)
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...on, Marie is pale, and Emil is already at the other end of the hall. Frank is watching jealously, but he sees nothing. Alexandra notices that Marie seems tired and offers... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 2
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Emil asks Marie why she ran away with Frank Shabata, and Marie says simply that she loved him. She says that she loved the... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 5
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Frank learns about Amédée’s illness when he returns from work in the evening and goes off... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 6
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Emil waits outside as the church is filling for Mass, and he sees that Frank Shabata has come alone, without Marie. Emil turns and enters the church, sitting in Amédée’s... (full context)
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After Mass, Frank and Emil are both invited to dine in town. Emil stays until three o’clock, then... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 7
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When Frank arrives home in the evening, he is shocked to find Emil’s mare in his stable.... (full context)
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Frank walks around the outside of the orchard hedge, and when he reaches the wheatfield corner,... (full context)
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When Frank reaches the dark door of the house, he realizes that he has shot Marie, and... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 1
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...stays in bed for the next few days, resolving to go to Lincoln to visit Frank Shabata, who has received a prison sentence of 10 years after confessing to the murders.... (full context)
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Alexandra resolves to help Frank, who she feels she is able to understand more than she could understand Marie. The... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 2
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The next morning, Alexandra presents herself at the State Penitentiary and tells the warden of Frank’s story. The warden reassures her that they will take care of him, but when they... (full context)
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...the yellow cane she found in his closet and feels that it’s awfully unfair that Frank has ended up this way. She blames Marie for making those around her suffer for... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 3
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...present from Lincoln. Alexandra learns that Carl never received her letter but had learned about Frank’s trial from an old copy of the San Francisco paper. Carl hurried back as quickly... (full context)