Name: Madeleine "Honey" Wheeler
Slim, pretty with honey coloured hair and hazel eyes.
Madeleine Wheeler, known as Honey, is the only daughter of
the wealthy Matthew and Madeleine Wheeler. She grew up mostly in boarding
schools and summer camp and under the care of a dreaded governess, Miss Leferts.
She spent little time with her parents and was scared of her mother, fearing
that she didn’t love her.
At the age of thirteen, Honey became ill. Her parents were
quickly made aware of her loneliness and fears by her teacher, Miss Trask and
decided to fire Honey’s governess, hire Miss Trask and purchase a property in
the country so Honey could recover. It was there that Honey met Trixie Belden
and their lives changed forever.
Honey has a sweet disposition, is very sensitive to other’s
feelings and is extremely loyal to her friends. She is very cautious but is
easily influenced by Trixie and allows herself to be drawn into dangerous
situations. Honey shares a close friendship with Trixie and she is very
perceptive to her feelings.
Trixie helped Honey shed her boarding school fears and
prissy girl image and get over her sickness. If Trixie thought Honey was
stuck-up when she met her, it would be interesting to know what Honey thought of
Trixie when she first met her. Honey has a trusting nature and thinks the best
of everyone, requiring hard evidence to make her change her mind so it is quite
possible that she may not have had a negative first impression of Trixie when
Honey provides the balance to her relationship with
Trixie. Her cautious, sensible manner works with Trixie’s impulsive, erratic
mind to allow some creative problem solving although in most cases, they often
stumble on clues – quite literally speaking with Trixie! Honey shares Trixie’s
ambition to be detective and plans to open the Belden-Wheeler Detective Agency
once they graduate from college. It is never revealed exactly what the
heiress’s parents think of this, but her father certainly disapproves of the
situations they find themselves in.
Honey has a fondness for Brian which is not really
developed within the series. The later books show a different Honey, who swoons
over a handsome young horse trainer with no mention by Brian and Trixie seems
amused by her behaviour. Many of us would like to believe that her heart yearns
for Brian and they do share some small moments through the books, but not many.
Honey is every girl’s best friend. She’s loyal,
supportive, understanding and eager to please. She can be a little tentative,
but with a little pushing will go along with her best friend’s plan and she has
enormous respect and love for her friends and family. Honey’s too trusting
nature can get her into trouble, but that only means another mystery for her and
Trixie to solve!