Name: Jim Frayne (James Winthrop
Red hair, green eyes, freckles, strong supple body.
Jim Frayne is an orphan. He lived with his parents in Rochester until
his father, Winthrop Frayne, died when he was ten, and later, when his mother
remarried, he moved to his step-father's farm in Albany. It seems his
mother, Katje Vanderheiden Frayne, died when he was thirteen or fourteen years
Jim was adopted by Matthew and Madeleine Wheeler,
becoming Honey's adopted brother. Matthew Wheeler attended college with
Jim's father, Win, and he and Jim look enough alike to be father and son.
Jim is extremely well adjusted for a boy who has
lost both of his parents and was beaten by his step-father. He has a quick
temper, and is very honourable, putting his need to do the right thing above
everything else. His ambition is to take his inheritance and build a
school for underprivileged boys once he has graduated from college.
He is strong, an expert horseman and woodsman and
is intelligent. He is the co-president of the Bob-Whites and spends a lot
of his time trying to prevent Honey and Trixie from getting into trouble.
Jim has a romantic interest in Trixie and seems
more willing to express his feelings for her, than she is. He sends her an
orchid on Valentine's day, stops short of calling her his girlfriend and gives
her an ID bracelet with his name on it. He is the first to comfort her and
hold her after some close escapes, and he has his own sixth sense that tells him
when she is keeping something from him.
Jim's desire to protect Trixie from harm often
causes conflicts between them and they can ignite each other's temper easily.
Perhaps this is a sign of the sexual chemistry between them? Trixie and
Jim balance each other out - she is impulsive, he gives things careful
consideration, she thinks with her heart, he thinks with his head. Their
interaction is interesting to read and Trixie tries hard not to think about her
feelings for him.
Jim is handsome, knowledgeable, studious and
serious. He appears an expert at everything he attempts and does not seem
to have any flaws except his quick temper and his stubbornness.