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In From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, why does Claudia enjoy planning?   

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At the beginning of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Claudia, the main character, is planning to run away. The author, E.L. Konigsburg, writes on the first page that:

She planned very carefully; she saved her allowance and chose her companion.

We find out later that one of the main reasons Claudia is running away at all is because it gives her the chance to plan an adventure. Not only is she a careful planner, but she very much enjoys planning, too. There's direct evidence of this on pages eight and nine. Let's look at the passage that provides this evidence:

Besides, once she made up her mind to go, she enjoyed the planning almost as much as she enjoyed spending money. Planning long and well was one of her special talents.

The second sentence in the passage is what tells us the reason why Claudia enjoys planning. It's one of her "special talents." In other words, she's really good at it. Isn't it true that in most cases, you enjoy doing the things you're especially good at?

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