Pigeon English

by

Stephen Kelman

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Mr. Frimpong Character Analysis

Mr. Frimpong is an elderly member of Harri’s church congregation, presumably also a Ghanaian immigrant. He is very religious and an enthusiastic singer of hymns. The Dell Farm Crew (and an unwilling Harri) rob him, which worries Harri because Mr. Frimpong is “only skinny” and frail. Not only do the boys take his wallet, they also stamp on his groceries and leave him lying helplessly on the ground.

Mr. Frimpong Quotes in Pigeon English

The Pigeon English quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Frimpong or refer to Mr. Frimpong. 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:
Home and the Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bloomsbury edition of Pigeon English published in 2011.
May Quotes

In England nobody helps you if you fall over. They can't tell if you're serious or if it's just a trick. It's too hard to know what's real.

Related Characters: Harrison Opoku (Harri) (speaker), Mr. Frimpong
Page Number: 130
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Mr. Frimpong Character Timeline in Pigeon English

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Frimpong appears in Pigeon English. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
April
Masculinity, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
Harri describes Mr. Frimpong , the loudest singer in church. Mr. Frimpong once fainted during church, and Pastor Taylor... (full context)
May
Home and the Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Language, Culture, and Norms Theme Icon
Pluralism vs. Prejudice Theme Icon
Masculinity, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
...cancelled that day because someone smashed the windows and wrote DFC all over the walls. Mr. Frimpong is crying; Harri pretends not to know what DFC means. Harri suggests that they go... (full context)
Home and the Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Masculinity, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
...for the signal from the others. Harri is horrified to see that X-Fire has chosen Mr. Frimpong as the target. Mr. Frimpong is “only skinny” and the oldest member of Harri’s church... (full context)
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Masculinity, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
Harri turns around and sees Mr. Frimpong lying on the floor with his legs bent at a strange angle. His shopping has... (full context)
Home and the Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Language, Culture, and Norms Theme Icon
Masculinity, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
...down a drainpipe so the police won’t know he was involved in the robbery of Mr. Frimpong . He thinks that the devil is “too strong” in London, and that in Ghana... (full context)
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Masculinity, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
...the Dell Farm Crew “ain’t gonna forget” that Harri left them during the robbery of Mr. Frimpong . X-Fire warns Harri to stay quiet about it. Later, Harri sees Asbo biting Terry... (full context)
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Pluralism vs. Prejudice Theme Icon
Masculinity, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
Harri explains that people who don’t believe in God are “lost” and “empty inside.” Mr. Frimpong doesn’t sing during church that week. He laments that no one stopped and tried to... (full context)