Seventy-Two Derwents

by

Cate Kennedy

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Mrs Carlyle Character Analysis

Tyler’s Grade 6 school teacher, who is gentle and kind. Tyler feels particularly close to her, treating her as both a source of stable authority and a role model. She gives Tyler the journal in which Tyler supposedly writes the story’s narrative, probably intended as an exercise in creative self-expression. Because of her deep trust in Mrs Carlyle, Tyler eventually lets her read the contents of her journal, despite the fact that she was not required to turn it in. After reading about Shane’s abusive behavior, Mrs Carlyle swiftly contacts the authorities. She owns an aviary with pet budgies, which are an object of fascination for Tyler. She promises Tyler one of the eggs, indicating her affection for her, and takes Tyler to visit it after notifying her that she’d reported the contents of her journal to the police. After Shane is out of the picture, Tyler concludes her journal by addressing Mrs Carlyle directly and promising to keep writing in her journal, indicating that their relationship becomes even stronger.

Mrs Carlyle Quotes in Seventy-Two Derwents

The Seventy-Two Derwents quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs Carlyle or refer to Mrs Carlyle. 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 Read How You Want edition of Seventy-Two Derwents published in 2013.
Seventy-Two Derwents Quotes

Mrs Carlyle has two budgies, a boy and a girl, and they have built a nest. If they have baby budgies and if I’m allowed she will give me one. You have to wait until they’re old enough to leave the nest before you can take them away from their parents because they need special looking after. In my mind I can picture this ... after she says this, when I walk back into class and down to my desk, I feel my skin buzzing like someone stroked it.

Related Characters: Tyler (speaker), Mrs Carlyle
Related Symbols: Mrs Carlyle’s Budgies
Page Number: 225-6
Explanation and Analysis:

Mrs Carlyle told us that when you are training your dog you need to say the same thing over and over until the dog gets it. He wants to do the right thing, he just doesn’t know it at first. She says it’s the same with training a bird to talk, you have to say the same thing again and again so they learn. That’s true and maybe it’s true for people too.

Related Characters: Tyler (speaker), Tyler and Ellie’s Mother, Mrs Carlyle
Page Number: 226
Explanation and Analysis:

I said if I put my hand into the nest now would the mother bird bite me? And she looked so sad at me and nodded. We fed the birds and then she drove me back to the mall.

Related Characters: Tyler (speaker), Mrs Carlyle
Related Symbols: Mrs Carlyle’s Budgies
Page Number: 257
Explanation and Analysis:

If your budgie’s eggs hatch please will you call one of the babies Alicia. One day I will get an aviary and then I will come and get her, Mrs Carlyle. That’s my promise.

Related Characters: Tyler (speaker), Mrs Carlyle
Related Symbols: Mrs Carlyle’s Budgies
Page Number: 263-4
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Mrs Carlyle Character Timeline in Seventy-Two Derwents

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs Carlyle appears in Seventy-Two Derwents. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Tyler tells the reader that they are reading her journal. Her schoolteacher, Mrs Carlyle , has given the students these journals and asked them to update them on their... (full context)
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Mrs Carlyle tells Tyler about her two pet budgies. She promises that if they ever lay eggs,... (full context)
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Mrs Carlyle explains that the mother bird pulls her own feathers out to line the inside of... (full context)
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Tyler writes that, if Mrs Carlyle does give her one of the baby budgies, she will name it Alicia, and she... (full context)
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Tyler recalls Mrs Carlyle telling her class that training a dog to behave, or training a bird to talk,... (full context)
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...pencils’ different colors. She imagines sharing a set of her own with Georgia, and asking Mrs Carlyle to use her knife to scrape off some of their paint to write her own... (full context)
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Mrs Carlyle asks Tyler’s class who’s been writing in their journals. Since nobody raises their hands, Tyler... (full context)
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...year, and Ellie commits to making Tyler’s next birthday a better one. Tyler mentions that Mrs Carlyle baked cupcakes for her in school earlier that day. (full context)
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...her room, since her mother’s things take up the whole kitchen table. She apologizes to Mrs Carlyle for the poor quality of the coloring, explaining that she did it with the pencils... (full context)
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Mrs Carlyle tells her class that she once adopted a puppy that had trouble separating from its... (full context)
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Mrs Carlyle mentions that the puppy liked sleeping in baskets of old laundry. Tyler compares the puppy... (full context)
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...board for parent-teacher night and didn’t apologize for doubting her. Tyler reflects that all teachers, Mrs Carlyle excepted, unfairly take advantage of students’ passions to pursue their own ends. She thinks about... (full context)
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...by his request, Tyler consents. She notes that she’s recording it in her journal because Mrs Carlyle encouraged them to describe things that “make us feel ashamed or like we want to... (full context)
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At school, Mrs Carlyle gently asks her students if anyone would volunteer to submit their journal. No students do,... (full context)
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Two nights later, after Tyler has gotten her journal back from Mrs Carlyle , Tyler wants to tell Ellie about Shane making her urinate in a cup, but... (full context)
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Mrs Carlyle shows Tyler her aviary, adding that the mother bird has laid eggs, and that she... (full context)
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Tyler now addresses her journal to Mrs Carlyle , explaining that she’s writing using the Derwent pencils she received from Ellie as a... (full context)
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Tyler realizes that Mrs Carlyle will no longer be her teacher in the following year, but recalls that she told... (full context)