The Fun They Had

by

Isaac Asimov

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Margie’s Mother / Mrs. Jones Character Analysis

Mrs. Jones is Margie’s mother. She expects Margie to succeed in her education and is disappointed when Margie has difficulties with her geography lessons. From the “sorrowful” look on her face, it seems that Mrs. Jones sees calling the County Inspector to reprogram the mechanical teacher as a mark of Margie’s failure as a student. Mrs. Jones strongly believes in the mechanical teacher’s ability to teach each child individually and keeps Margie to a strict school schedule.

Margie’s Mother / Mrs. Jones Quotes in The Fun They Had

The The Fun They Had quotes below are all either spoken by Margie’s Mother / Mrs. Jones or refer to Margie’s Mother / Mrs. Jones. 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:
Technological Progress and Education Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Houghton Mifflin edition of The Fun They Had published in 1989.
The Fun They Had Quotes

The Inspector had smiled after he was finished and patted Margie’s head. He said to her mother, “It’s not the little girl’s fault, Mrs. Jones. I think the geography sector was geared a little too quick. Those things happen sometimes. I’ve slowed it up to an average ten-year level. Actually, the overall pattern of her progress is quite satisfactory.”

Related Characters: County Inspector (speaker), Margie, Margie’s Mother / Mrs. Jones
Page Number: 9
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Margie’s Mother / Mrs. Jones Character Timeline in The Fun They Had

The timeline below shows where the character Margie’s Mother / Mrs. Jones appears in The Fun They Had. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Technological Progress and Education Theme Icon
Books and Preservation of the Past Theme Icon
...but Margie just kept doing worse and worse. Upset by her daughter’s poor performance, Margie’s mother finally called for the County Inspector, a mechanic, who came to fix the mechanical teacher.... (full context)
Technological Progress and Education Theme Icon
...her on the head. Understanding Margie’s trouble with the lessons, the County Inspector told Margie’s mother, Mrs. Jones, that wasn’t Margie’s fault that she was doing so poorly, and that the... (full context)
Technological Progress and Education Theme Icon
Books and Preservation of the Past Theme Icon
Gratitude and Wanting Theme Icon
...the same things if they were the same age. Margie finds this confusing because her mother always tells her that “a teacher has to be adjusted to fit the mind of... (full context)
Technological Progress and Education Theme Icon
Books and Preservation of the Past Theme Icon
...calls her daughter inside for school. Margie doesn’t want to go to school, but her mother insists that it’s time for Margie and probably for Tommy too. Margie eagerly asks Tommy... (full context)
Technological Progress and Education Theme Icon
...her—Margie has school at the same time every day, apart from Saturday and Sunday, because Mrs. Jones believes that “little girls [learn] better if they [learn] at regular hours.” The mechanical teacher... (full context)