From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Dreams, Hopes, and Plans Quotes Page 2
How we cite our quotes:
"Jamie, let's do it now. Let's skip learning about everything in the museum. Let's concentrate on the statue." (4.52)
Phew. It's a good thing for Jamie that the angel statue came along. Otherwise, Claudia would have made them learn everything they could in the museum. And that's a lifetime's worth of art textbooks to get through.
Her determination convinced Jamie that Saturday should be spent just this way. (5.13)
Claudia's so dead-set on achieving these hopes and dreams that she manages to make them Jamie's as well. Even though he would rather watch TV (who wouldn't?), she drags him to the library and soon he feels like this is what they need to do. No Saturday morning cartoons for this kiddo.
"I say, Lady Claudia, I do believe we're safe and onto something really great."
"Perhaps, Sir James, perhaps." (6.44-45)
Part of the fun of dreaming is imagining a different life or persona. Claudia and James obviously take to this with great enthusiasm, christening themselves Lady and Sir and imagining how glamorous (and British, apparently) their lives will be.