From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Freedom and Confinement Quotes Page 1
How we cite our quotes:
"She was the oldest child and the only girl and was subject to a lot of injustice." (1.4)
If you ask Claudia, it's really, really, insanely hard to be subjected to stuff like chores, and being an older sister to Kevin (who's a real brat). In fact, it's a form of slavery, since she gets the least allowance out of all her classmates. Our girl is emptying wastebaskets for mere nickels! The travesty!
For the past few minutes, they had forgotten that they were stowaways on the school bus and had behaved as they always did at home. (2.42)
Even if they escape the place that confines them, Claudia and Jamie still have to work to break free of their mindsets and behaviors that chain them to the same old interactions and arguments. They have to be a team in order to break free.