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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

by E.L. Konigsburg

Art and Culture Quotes

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Quote #7

Jamie ended his research where Claudia had begun: very confident and happy. He felt his morning had been well spent; he had seen a lot of pictures and he had learned about pagan. (5.44)

It's fulfilling to learn about art and culture, a fact that Jamie discovers after spending a nice long day at the library looking at pictures. What Jamie doesn't realize that if he was allowed to watch TV (like he wanted to) he would have gotten to look at moving pictures all day.

Quote #8

Claudia didn't think about their close calls. They were unimportant; they wouldn't matter in the end, the end having something to do with Michelangelo, Angel, history, and herself. (6.46)

In the grand scheme of things, art takes precedence over Claudia's whole romantic notion of being a runaway. In the end, she doesn't really care that much about getting caught or sticking it to the man (a.k.a. her parents and school). She just cares about the statue.

Quote #9

There were the first lines of a thought that was to become a museum mystery 470 years later. There on that piece of old paper was the idea just as it had come from Michelangelo's head to his hand. (9.196)

The magic of art really comes to life in this instant, when Claudia and Jamie finally see the proof of Michelangelo's work. Even though it's just an old piece of paper, they handle it as though it's a million bucks. That's a good thing, too, because it really is worth a million bucks (or more).

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