How does Jamie get his money in From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler?

In From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Jamie gets his money from playing card games with Bruce. Bruce pays him for every card he has more than him, and as Jamie always ends up with more cards than Bruce, he makes a fair amount of money.



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Claudia Kincaid has made the fateful decision to run away from home. She divulges her escape plan to Jamie, her second youngest brother, with whom she plans to run away. Jamie feels rather flattered that Claudia wants to take him along for the ride. It makes him feel rather important.

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Claudia Kincaid has made the fateful decision to run away from home. She divulges her escape plan to Jamie, her second youngest brother, with whom she plans to run away. Jamie feels rather flattered that Claudia wants to take him along for the ride. It makes him feel rather important.

Once he's on board with the escape plan, Jamie is all ears; he wants to know all the details. Claudia tells him that they're going to take off on a Wednesday, which is music lesson day. This will give Claudia the opportunity to take her violin out of its case, which can then be filled with clothes; Jamie will do the same with his trumpet case.

As well as clothes, the Kincaid siblings are going to need to take some money with them. It turns out that Jamie has quite a lot of money stashed away; twenty-four dollars and forty-three cents, to be precise.

Apparently, he made all that money from gambling. Every Friday, he and Bruce play cards, and Bruce pays him for every card Jamie has more than Bruce. And as Jamie always ends up with more cards than Bruce at the end of a game, he manages to make quite a tidy little sum.

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