Wonder

Wonder

by

R. J. Palacio

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Henry Character Analysis

Henry is one of the most physically developed boys in August's grade; he's described several times as already looking like a teenager. He and Miles begin the school year as Julian's trusty sidekicks, so they're often either complicit or actively involved in Julian's bullying. When Julian doesn't attend the camping trip, Henry helps save August from the seventh grade bullies and accepts August as a member of the community afterwards.

Henry Quotes in Wonder

The Wonder quotes below are all either spoken by Henry or refer to Henry. 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.
August: Locks Quotes

Henry still couldn't get his lock to open […] He got really annoyed when I was able to open mine on the first try. The funny thing is, if he hadn't put the backpack between us, I most definitely would have offered to help him.

Related Characters: August Pullman (speaker), Henry
Page Number: 40
Explanation and Analysis:
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Henry Character Timeline in Wonder

The timeline below shows where the character Henry appears in Wonder. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
August: Locks
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
When Ms. Petosa gets to a boy named Henry, she notices that he's sitting in a seat with another boy. She tells him to... (full context)
August: The Bleeding Scream
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
...realistic. Julian is deep in conversation with two mummies that August figures are Miles and Henry. They're all looking like they're waiting for August to arrive as Boba Fett. (full context)
Summer: The Halloween Party
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
...boyfriend, even though she's just as flat as Summer is. Within five minutes, Savanna and Henry tell Summer that if she stopped hanging out with August, she could be popular. They... (full context)
Jack: Private School
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
...air conditioning or working two jobs. One day after Thanksgiving, Jack hangs out with Julian, Henry, and Miles at recess. Julian, whose family is wealthy, complains about having to go to... (full context)
Justin: The Bus Stop
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
...when he gets back to the bus stop and explains that the kids were Julian, Henry, and Miles. He says they don't tease him during school but explains that there's a... (full context)
August: The Auggie Doll
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
...make up a character named Beulah and leave love notes from her. Julian, Miles, and Henry also do things like steal Jack's gym shorts. (full context)
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
...Julian starts spreading rumors that Jack hired a hit man to "get" him, Miles, and Henry. Nobody believes him and they even start making fun of him. By the end of... (full context)
August: The Woods Are Alive
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
...into the dark trees, August in tow. They forgot their flashlights but soon notice Amos, Henry, and Miles in the woods as well. August reasons that they didn't want to wait... (full context)
August: Alien
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
Suddenly, August hears Amos, Miles, and Henry come up behind them and ask what's going on. Amos calmly says that Mr. Tushman... (full context)
August: Voices in the Dark
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
After what seems like forever, a voice yells that they lost the bullies. Amos, Jack, Henry, Miles, and August find each other in the dark, and August realizes that Henry had... (full context)
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
Amos, Miles, and Henry congratulate August on his bravery. August starts to become aware that his elbow is hurt... (full context)
August: The Emperor's Guard
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
August, Jack, Amos, Miles, and Henry look for the hearing aids for ten minutes, but they have no luck. They head... (full context)
August: Sleep
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Amos, Miles, and Henry told their friends what happened and the story spread, all the way to the teachers.... (full context)
August: The Shift
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
...gotten far more fantastical than the truth. For August, the best part is that Amos, Henry, and Miles treat him like he's one of them. Julian's popularity suffers because he wasn't... (full context)
August: Ducks
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
...well. August says that what happened on the camping trip wasn't all bad, as Amos, Henry, and Miles stood up for him. Mr. Tushman admits he knows about all the Julian... (full context)
Appendix
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
...curious. It then includes "postcard precepts" from students that Mr. Browne receives over the summer. Henry's mentions not being friends with jerks, Summer's talks about not hurting people's feelings, and Julian's... (full context)