What did Mrs. Frisby notice on Nicodemus's face?  

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, written by Robert C. O'Brien, is about a family of field mice who are joined by rats from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in order to help rescue their family home.

Mrs. Frisby is the head of the family of field mice and is a brave mother. She will do anything to help save her family and her home. Mrs. Frisby meets Nicodemus and immediately notices that he has two important facial features—he wears an eye patch and he has a long scar across his entire face. Despite his rough features, Nicodemus is an intelligent, fun-loving rat. When he is captured and sent to NIMH, he becomes more intelligent and becomes the leader of the rats. He encourages them to live a life without human interaction. Mrs. Frisby and Nicodemus make an excellent team.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

When Mrs. Frisby enters the rosebush and is ushered into the depths of the rats' quarters in the eleventh chapter of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH she encounters "a lean rat with a scarred face," who is introduced as Nicodemus. Mrs. Frisby notices two primary things about him: that he has a facial scar runs over his left eye, upon which he wears a black patch and that he carries a satchel strapped over his shoulders. The eye patch and scar are the most noticeable aspects of Nicodemus' appearance, distinguishing him at a glance from the other rats in the colony. Although this scarred appearance likely seems imposing upon Mrs. Frisby's first glance, Nicodemus is intelligent, respectful, wise, and fair, which makes him an excellent leader for the rats of NIMH, as well as a strong ally for the Frisby family.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial