Wonder

Wonder

by

R. J. Palacio

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Prior to the start of high school, Ella was one of Via's best friends. She, Via, and Miranda attended school together through middle school and were thrilled to all get into the same private high school. However, Ella is excited to be popular, so she and Miranda begin to shut Via out. Miranda remains "friends" with Ella because Ella is an easy and low-maintenance person to be friends with, as she's not interested in asking hard questions. Though neither Via nor Miranda say outright, it's implied that their friendships with Ella don't survive past freshman year.

Ella Quotes in Wonder

The Wonder quotes below are all either spoken by Ella or refer to Ella. 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:
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Knopf edition of Wonder published in 2012.
Miranda: School Quotes

We knew we were being mean, but it was easier to ice her out if we pretended she had done something to us. The truth is she hadn't changed at all: we had. We'd become these other people, and she was still the person she'd always been. That annoyed me so much and I didn't know why.

Related Characters: Miranda (speaker), Via Pullman  , Ella
Page Number: 239
Explanation and Analysis:
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Ella Character Timeline in Wonder

The timeline below shows where the character Ella appears in Wonder. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Via: High School
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
In high school, it seems as though only Miranda and Ella know about August, and they don't talk about it with other people. They've all been... (full context)
Via: Major Tom
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
...acted as though Via was a casual friend. Via realized at lunch that Miranda and Ella had seen each other several times over the summer, and Via felt excluded. (full context)
Via: The Padawan Bites the Dust
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
...agrees, but she doesn't come back. Dad does, and Via tells him that Miranda and Ella are being jerks. He teases her about reading War and Peace, even though she knows... (full context)
Via: Out with the Old
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
After a week of excruciatingly awkward lunches, Miranda and Ella attach themselves to a popular group. Via finishes War and Peace in the library during... (full context)
Via: October 31
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
...and Via thinks this will be a good opportunity to tell Mom about Miranda and Ella. Just as they sit down, Mom gets a call that August is sick and needs... (full context)
Miranda: Camp Lies
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
...They smoked and hung out with boys. When Miranda got back from camp, she contacted Ella and not Via because Ella didn't ask hard questions. (full context)
Miranda: School
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
...knew that Via didn't like her new look or her new friends, so she and Ella badmouthed Via. Miranda knows that she and Ella changed and Via didn't, but it was... (full context)