Who is Jamie and why did he go with Claudia in From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler?  

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Jamie Kincaid is Claudia's younger brother. She brings him along on her plan to run away and live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She brings him along because he shares her sense of adventure. Also, she's broke and he has some money saved (about $25 in late 1960s money),...

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Jamie Kincaid is Claudia's younger brother. She brings him along on her plan to run away and live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She brings him along because he shares her sense of adventure. Also, she's broke and he has some money saved (about $25 in late 1960s money), and has good ideas about how to make (and save) money while the two are on the run.

She has a love of luxury, indulged by sleeping in antique beds, riding in a Rolls Royce and basically living in the grandest museum in America. Jamie's frugal, practical nature keeps her grounded, enabling her to stay on her adventure until it has reached its resolution in Mrs. Frankweiler's file room. Jamie's strengths complement Claudia's.

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