Name: Trixie Belden
Birthday: 1 May
Curly, sandy-blonde coloured hair, blue eyes, freckles and a sturdy build.
Trixie was christened Beatrix, but insists of being
called Trixie. As the only girl, with two older brothers and one younger,
she grew up a tom-boy and has remained that way, although Honey's influence and
the presence of Jim Frayne have had a small influence on her boyish behaviour.
Trixie hates housework, and is paid to help around
Crabapple Farm and look after her younger brother, Bobby. She loves riding
horses and was taught to ride by Regan and Honey.
She is an average student who struggles with math,
but she enjoys outdoor activities and helping people. Trixie can be very
charitable and is not materialistic, but she is not totally unselfish either and
often chides herself for not thinking of others first.
Trixie is stubborn and strong-willed and is quick
to make judgments about people that may not always be correct, but usually are.
Trixie often compares others to herself and her own view of the world and that
can sometimes cloud her judgment. For example, she formed an instant
opinion that Honey was 'stuck-up' because she didn't dress like Trixie and
offered her hand in introduction. Her opinion of Honey sways during The
Secret of the Mansion between admiration and pity, but Trixie comes to
accept the differences between them and they become firm friends.
She has a quick temper, but usually cools off
fairly quickly unless their is a hint of truth in a remark that ignited her
anger. Trixie is very protective of her friends and family and will be
quick to jump to their defense, even though in private she may tease them.
Trixie is a natural leader, who is used to getting
her own way at home and with her friends. The other Bob-Whites know that
they can warn and advise her, but that she will act impulsively and often ignore
common sense. Trixie often has her own sense of logic that she convinces
Honey is correct and leads them into some crazy situations. Trixie does
not like being told that she is wrong and is sometimes hurt when the others
question her theories and actions.
She has a sixth sense for mysteries and plans to
start the Belden-Wheeler Detective Agency when she and Honey graduate from
college. This ambition is often laughed at by her friends and family, but
with each mystery she solves the possibility seems more likely.
Trixie has a special affection for Jim Frayne, who
is almost two years older than her. She wears an identification bracelet
he gave her, but finds it hard to admit to herself that she has feelings beyond
friendship for him, although it is obvious to everyone else that he returns this
affection. They often clash as he is concerned with her well-being and she
is occasionally hurt by him discounting her theories. But she still turns
to him for advice and his approval of her is very important.
Trixie appears to be very self-confident, but she
is insecure about her appearance. She is immediately jealous of any other
blonde the Bob-Whites come in contact with from Dot Murray to Gaye Hunya and
Laura Ramsay. Even her younger cousin Hallie, makes Trixie feel insecure
and in The Mystery of the Uninvited Guest we get a look into Trixie's
psyche and her insecurities and fears.
Trixie is not perfect, but she has many admirable
qualities and is admired and respected by her friends and family. She has
a nose for mysteries and solving them and takes responsibility for her own
actions, even when she has acted foolishly. Trixie is someone we can
relate to and admire for her weaknesses as well as her strengths.