History Awesome / LittleHouseOnThePrairie

30th Apr '17 11:27:29 AM Maddoxsort
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* "Bully Boys" has several, all because a trio of ne'er-do-well men have invaded their happy community and caused mayhem to ensue. The payback begins when Charles comes after the eldest Gallagher brothers for accosting his wife in public, engaging in a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown that he almost ''won'', had not the more able-bodied beefier brother jumped back in the fight. Then, the Reverend, who has been personally lied to by the Gallaghers with some nonsense about a sick ma (when their ma is every bit a deadbeat as they are and even ran off with a circus performer, leaving behind their love child as brother number three), invites them to church. You'd think this is simply because it's a kind gesture he's supposed to extend to anyone, but this time, it's to rope them into a town-wide intervention against their tyranny. At the Sunday service, Reverend Alden, normally the kindest and least aggressive of all the townspeople, changes gears from his usual gentle and virtuous sermons to a very fiery sermon about Hell directly aimed at the Gallaghers, and clarifies that Christians are not pushovers or punching bags who have to put up with evils that won't quit vexing them. It is not unjustified for Christians to fight back against injustice and fight, if the fight in question is the good fight. When one of them catches his drift and confronts him, ''the Reverend pins him up against the chapel wall''. Then, all of the men at church form a posse and march the Gallaghers out of town peacefully, while their wives, spared the dirty work, sing them off with a round of "Onward Christian Soldiers". This is just one of many times the ''entire'' town of Walnut Grove bands together to show that they will ''not'' be intimidated.

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* "Bully Boys" has several, all because a trio of ne'er-do-well men have invaded their happy community and caused mayhem to ensue. The payback begins when Charles comes after the eldest Gallagher brothers for accosting his wife in public, public. As soon as he finds out that his Caroline been hurt, he ''immediately'' runs off to the Gallagher residence to defend the honor of his wife, engaging in a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown that he almost ''won'', had not the more able-bodied beefier brother jumped back in the fight. Then, the Reverend, who has been personally lied to by the Gallaghers with some nonsense about a sick ma (when their ma is every bit a deadbeat as they are and even ran off with a circus performer, leaving behind their love child as brother number three), invites them to church. You'd think this is simply because it's a kind gesture he's supposed to extend to anyone, but this time, it's to rope them into a town-wide intervention against their tyranny. At the Sunday service, Reverend Alden, normally the kindest and least aggressive of all the townspeople, changes gears from his usual gentle and virtuous sermons to a very fiery sermon about Hell directly aimed at the Gallaghers, and clarifies that Christians are not pushovers or punching bags who have to put up with evils that won't quit vexing them. It is not unjustified for Christians to fight back against injustice and fight, if the fight in question is the good fight. When one of them catches his drift and confronts him, ''the Reverend pins him up against the chapel wall''. Then, all of the men at church form a posse and march the Gallaghers out of town peacefully, while their wives, spared the dirty work, sing them off with a round of "Onward Christian Soldiers". This is just one of many times the ''entire'' town of Walnut Grove bands together to show that they will ''not'' be intimidated.
30th Apr '17 11:25:07 AM Maddoxsort
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* Willie Olesen's transformation from mean little spoiled kid to one of Walnut Grove's finest, most responsible young men. The change happened ever so gradually, starting in Season 8 where  in the episode "Stone Soup" he helps organize an effort to help farmers during a drought; this comes as the outgrowth of seeing a pregnant Laura collapse while working to exhaustion in tending to Almonzo's orchard, and Caroline telling the story "Stone Soup" to inspire the kids. (Clearly, Willie got the message). Willie had shed his troublemaking ways after that, but his real crowning moment comes in Season 9's "Could I Have This Dance," where he [[CallingTheOldManOut calls out his overbearing mother]], Mrs. Olesen, after she tries to coddle him again (by sending him to college and making him marry a woman he has no interest in). He says he intends to oversee the restaurant/hotel named for his sister, Nellie (who had also broken off of her mother's spoiled ways a couple of seasons earlier), and plans to marry an attractive-but-poor country girl named Rachel Brown ... and stands his ground when his mother continues her attempts to intervene. When Mrs. Olesen asks Nels what had gotten into her son, he replies, "A backbone!" But even before his changeover, there were signs that Willie was not quite as bad as Nellie at her peak her own change from spoiled brat to hard-working and responsible is quite remarkable and awesome in and of itself as he often sticks up for himself and his friends (more than once, he stands his ground against Nellie) and by Season 7, he's showing signs he's grown tired of his mother's constant pampering.

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* Willie Olesen's transformation from mean little spoiled kid to one of Walnut Grove's finest, most responsible young men. The change happened ever so gradually, starting in Season 8 where  in the episode "Stone Soup" he helps organize an effort to help farmers during a drought; this comes as the outgrowth of seeing a pregnant Laura collapse while working to exhaustion in tending to Almonzo's orchard, and Caroline telling the story "Stone Soup" to inspire the kids. (Clearly, Willie got the message). Willie had shed his troublemaking ways after that, but his real crowning moment comes in Season 9's "Could I Have This Dance," where he [[CallingTheOldManOut calls out his overbearing mother]], Mrs. Olesen, after she tries to coddle him again (by sending him to college and making him marry a woman he has no interest in). He says he intends to oversee the restaurant/hotel named for his sister, Nellie (who had also broken off of her mother's spoiled ways a couple of seasons earlier), and plans to marry an attractive-but-poor country girl named Rachel Brown ... and stands his ground when his mother continues her attempts to intervene. When Mrs. Olesen asks Nels what had gotten into her son, he replies, "A backbone!" But even before his changeover, there were signs that Willie was not quite as bad as Nellie at her peak her own change from spoiled brat to hard-working and responsible is quite remarkable and awesome in and of itself as he often sticks up for himself and his friends (more than once, he stands his ground against Nellie) and by Season 7, he's showing signs he's grown tired of his mother's constant pampering. When Willie finally puts his foot down at his mother's abrasiveness, Harriet claims Rachel is the one responsible for his disobedience, when in reality, she's the reason he's completed his maturity into his own man.
-->'''Harriet''': You see what she's done to him!?
-->'''Nels''': ''(absolutely proud of his son)'' ''Astounding.''
30th Apr '17 11:22:14 AM Maddoxsort
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* "Bully Boys" has several, all because a trio of ne'er-do-well men have invaded their happy community and caused mayhem to ensue. The payback begins when Charles comes after the eldest Gallagher brothers for accosting his wife in public, engaging in a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown that he almost ''won'', had not the more able-bodied beefier brother jumped back in the fight. Then, the Reverend, who has been personally lied to by the Gallaghers with some nonsense about a sick ma (when their ma is every bit a deadbeat as they are and even ran off with a circus performer, leaving behind their love child as brother number three), invites them to church. You'd think this is simply because it's a kind gesture he's supposed to extend to anyone, but this time, it's to rope them into a town-wide intervention against their tyranny. At the Sunday service, Reverend Alden, normally the kindest and least aggressive of all the townspeople, changes gears from his usual gentle and virtuous sermons to a very fiery sermon about Hell directly aimed at the Gallaghers, and clarifies that Christians are not pushovers or punching bags who have to put up with evils that won't quit vexing them. It is not unjustified for Christians to fight back against injustice and fight, if the fight in question is the good fight. When one of them catches his drift and confronts him, ''the Reverend pins him up against the chapel wall''. Then, all of the men at church form a posse and march the Gallaghers out of town peacefully, while their wives, spared the dirty work, sing them off with a round of "Onward Christian Soldiers". This is just one of many times the ''entire'' town of Walnut Grove bands together to show that they will ''not'' be intimidated.
11th Nov '16 4:30:30 PM HighCrate
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** ''Across the Puddingstone Dam'': [[CoolOldLady Auntie Rho]], an elderly aunt of Charlotte's friend, is asked by Charlotte if she likes being an OldMaid. [[DontYouDarePityMe Rho congratulates Charlotte for being frank and not pitying her behind her back]]. She tells Charlotte, no she doesn't regret it and is blessed with a large, loving family just like when she was young. She tells Charlotte [[EarnYourHappyEnding that one must eat what they can get and season it however they want]]. It's an amazing attitude to have given [[StayInTheKitchen how the attitudes tow]][[BabyFactory ards women]], [[OldMaid especially]] [[MaidenAunt single]] [[ChristmasCake women]], [[YouGoGirl were in the]] [[GirlsNeedRoleModels 1820s]] [[ValuesResonance (and still are)]].

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** ''Across the Puddingstone Dam'': [[CoolOldLady Auntie Rho]], an elderly aunt of Charlotte's friend, is asked by Charlotte if she likes being an OldMaid. [[DontYouDarePityMe Rho congratulates Charlotte for being frank and not pitying her behind her back]]. She tells Charlotte, no she doesn't regret it and is blessed with a large, loving family just like when she was young. She tells Charlotte [[EarnYourHappyEnding that one must eat what they can get and season it however they want]]. It's an amazing attitude to have given [[StayInTheKitchen how the attitudes tow]][[BabyFactory ards women]], [[OldMaid especially]] [[MaidenAunt single]] [[ChristmasCake women]], [[YouGoGirl were in the]] [[GirlsNeedRoleModels 1820s]] the 1820s [[ValuesResonance (and still are)]].
29th Jun '16 8:18:28 AM JoieDeCombat
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** Earlier that day, Ma admitted to Laura that if he had to, Pa would butcher their cow and her calf for food. Laura is horrified, because while that would feed them now, cows are so valuable as long-term sources of food like cheese and butter-- in the next book, Laura and Mary are similarly horrified when Pa decides to sell the calf to pay for Mary's tuition, and in the book after that, Pa's wedding gift to Laura and Almanzo is a young cow named Fawn, which Almanzo is particularly grateful for-- it's the one thing his farm is really missing. When Pa comes back with the grain, he refuses to say where he got it, only that there's more if they need it, and Ma nearly cries in relief, only saying she should have known her husband would provide for them long-term as well as short-term.

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** Earlier that day, Ma admitted to Laura that if he had to, Pa would butcher their cow and her calf for food. Laura is horrified, because while that would feed them now, cows are so very valuable as long-term sources of food like cheese and butter-- in butter.[[note]]In the next book, Laura and Mary are similarly horrified when Pa decides to sell the calf to pay for Mary's tuition, and in the book after that, Pa's wedding gift to Laura and Almanzo is a young cow named Fawn, which Almanzo is particularly grateful for-- it's the one thing his farm is really missing. newlyweds consider extremely generous of him.[[/note]] When Pa comes back with the grain, he refuses to say where he got it, only that there's more if they need it, and Ma nearly cries in relief, only saying she should have known her husband would provide for them long-term as well as short-term.
17th May '16 12:54:56 PM K
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** Rose delivering her stealth, pro-womens suffrage valedictorian speech in Latin. She left the misogynistic headmaster befuddled and shown that she knows more Latin than he forgot, and kept him from stifling her opinions and from withholding her diploma.

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** When Rose delivering her stealth, pro-womens suffrage wins valedictorian and is given the opportunity to give a speech at graduation, she wants to talk about women's rights. The school's headmaster forbids it, however, because it's inappropriate and ''his'' wife doesn't want to vote, and threatens to take away her diploma if she goes through with. Rose gets around it by writing a poem with alternating lines in Latin.English and Latin-- the English lines are innocuous, but the Latin lines are all slogans about suffrage. She notices one of her classmates stifling his laughter, and when the headmaster congratulates her for seeing sense and leaving that nonsense out, she covers her involuntary smirk by saying her "womanly instincts" must be acting up. She left the misogynistic headmaster befuddled and shown that she knows more Latin than he forgot, and kept him from stifling her opinions and from withholding her diploma.
29th Apr '16 10:15:06 AM GothicProphet
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* ''"Bachelor Girl"''

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* ''"Bachelor Girl"''Girl"''
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28th Apr '16 6:01:39 PM toongrrl1990
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** Laura telling off a sexist and rude buyer for his behavior.
---> I'll thank you to keep your smart remarks to yourself. I don't know where you come from, but here in the Ozarks we still fancy a civil greeting when we meet a stranger. As for my husband, I told you, he is busy with the picking. If you don't care to make your trade with a woman, perhaps you ought to look in someone else's orchard for the apples you require.
27th Apr '16 10:30:57 AM toongrrl1990
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*** Miss May, the teacher, gets hers when she gently tells off the critical neighbor of the Holbrooks and Quiners that using harsh, corporal punishment is counter-productive and that children learn best from a teacher who isn't harsh and makes the lessons fun.




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** ''"A Little House of Their Own"'': Caroline maintaining order in a school house despite only starting her career and despite the stress of a schoolroom bully that tries to undermine her authority and bully the other kids.
*** A student gets his when he fights said bully over the fact that he was picking on the pupil that Caroline has a high regard for. [[BittersweetEnding This gets the bully out of the schoolroom, but he forces his younger brother to follow his lead]].
27th Apr '16 10:25:42 AM toongrrl1990
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** Eliza Jane giving Rose the pep and tough love talk she's been needing and then offers to let Rose live with her for a year to complete her education.

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** Eliza Jane giving Rose the [[DareToBeBadass pep and tough love talk talk]] she's been needing and then offers to let Rose live with her for a year to complete her education.education.
--->'''Rose:''' Oh, nothing ever comes out right for me! I don't know why, but it just never does."
--->'''Laura:''' Rose, really.
--->'''Eliza Jane:''' Young lady, you are suffering an attack of defeatism. Do you think your mother and father would have survived if they sat around bemoaning life's every little stumble? (Rose shakes her head) And look at me (bitter chuckle). My grand scheme to have my family close to me in Louisiana. What happened? Father's fortune lost. Then Father died. My poor sister Laura died. My husband died, and then his family descended upon me like a flock of vultures. Do you hear me groan about my terrible life?"
--->'''Rose:''' No.
--->'''Eliza Jane:''' You come from sturdy, independent stock, on both sides. We have all survived the very worst that life could fling at us. And you shall, too.


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** Eliza Jane a.k.a. EJ is this: A CoolOldLady who is a staunch and opinionated suffragist and social democrat that is supporting her own young son and niece and is able to defend others like her black maid from the sexual harassment of a powerful man in town. For that troublemaker, she even left him copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and some Bible passages to tell him what a jerk he is.
** Rose delivering her stealth, pro-womens suffrage valedictorian speech in Latin. She left the misogynistic headmaster befuddled and shown that she knows more Latin than he forgot, and kept him from stifling her opinions and from withholding her diploma.
** Rose learning Latin in a year and passing with high marks, despite only starting to learn the language herself.
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