The Lovely Bones

Franny Character Analysis

Susie’s intake counselor, guide, and mentor in heaven. A social worker in her life on Earth, Franny is a nurturer by nature, and helps Susie to understand both the mechanics of her heaven and the ways in which her desires, emotions, and needs influence the course of her afterlife. Franny urges Susie to remember that watching life on Earth is not the same as living it, but allows Susie the time and space to come to this understanding on her own.

Franny Quotes in The Lovely Bones

The The Lovely Bones quotes below are all either spoken by Franny or refer to Franny. 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 Back Bay edition of The Lovely Bones published in 2002.
Chapter 2 Quotes

Eventually I began to desire more. What I found strange was how much I desired to know what I had not known on Earth. I wanted to be allowed to grow up.

"People grow up by living," I said to Franny. "I want to live."

"That's out," she said.

"Can we at least watch the living?" asked Holly.

"You already do," she said.

"I think she means whole lives," I said, "from beginning to end, to see how they did it. To know the secrets. Then we can pretend better."

"You won't experience it," Franny clarified.

"Thank you, Brain Central," I said, but our heavens began to grow.

Related Characters: Susie Salmon (speaker), Franny (speaker), Holly (speaker)
Page Number: 19
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Chapter 10 Quotes

I did begin to wonder what the word heaven meant. I thought, if this were heaven, truly heaven, it would be where my grandparents lived. Where my father's father, my favorite of them all, would lift me up and dance with me. I would feel only joy and have no memory, no cornfield and no grave.

"You can have that," Franny said to me. "Plenty of people do."

"How do you make the switch?" I asked.

"It's not as easy as you might think," she said. "You have to stop desiring certain answers."

"I don't get it."

"If you stop asking why you were killed instead of someone else, stop investigating the vacuum left by your loss, stop wondering what everyone left on Earth is feeling," she said, "you can be free. Simply put, you have to give up on Earth."

This seemed impossible to me.

Related Characters: Susie Salmon (speaker), Franny
Page Number: 120
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Franny Character Timeline in The Lovely Bones

The timeline below shows where the character Franny appears in The Lovely Bones. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Tragedy, Grief, Alienation, and Isolation Theme Icon
Family and Community Theme Icon
Desire and Longing Theme Icon
...[her] limbs [back] together,” and will remark upon Mr. Harvey’s audacity to her intake counselor, Franny. (full context)
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Tragedy, Grief, Alienation, and Isolation Theme Icon
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...wonders why she didn’t do everything she could to get herself away from Mr. Harvey. Franny, however, reminds Susie that there’s no point in mulling over her mistakes—she must simply accept... (full context)
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...Harvey that the space is “neato,” and recalls being “completely reverted,” transfixed by the space. Franny, Susie’s intake counselor, remarks that Mr. Harvey’s luring Susie into the hole was “like taking... (full context)
Chapter 2
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Franny, who is Susie and Holly’s intake counselor, guides them through their early days in heaven.... (full context)
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...up, and learn all the things she never was able to on earth. Susie tells Franny that she wants to live, but Franny tells Susie that’s not possible. Holly asks Franny... (full context)
Chapter 3
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One night, after watching Ruth, Susie runs into Franny in the middle of the central square of her heaven. Susie is cold and shivering,... (full context)
 Chapter 7
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...she might “break through” again and appear to him as she did to her father. Franny, however, asks Susie where she thinks imaginary friends come from. (full context)
Chapter 10
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...means—she wants to know where her grandparents are, and how she can reunite with them. Franny tells her that she can have that kind of heaven if she wants—she will, however,... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...away,” and wonder if there is a heaven even larger and more all-encompassing than theirs. Franny joins them, and confesses that watching souls clamor to depart the Earth is her “secret... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...would also mean the loss of Susie’s ability to vicariously live through her sister’s experiences. Franny stops Susie and hands her a map—she tells her to go there when she is... (full context)
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Tragedy, Grief, Alienation, and Isolation Theme Icon
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...wheat field. A girl comes through the stalks and greets Susie, asking if she knows Franny. Susie tells the little girl that Franny gave her the map to this place. The... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...pinning her to Earth, she notes that she can no longer hear the voices of Franny or Holly up in heaven. (full context)