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12th Dec '17 5:17:59 PM OriCat
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* When Elinor is telling Merida the story of Mor'du the human prince's betrayal of his family, she demonstrates by taking out a chessboard, balancing it on the knights, and then pulling one out to send the pieces tumbling. She uses three white knights and one black knight (for Mor'du) - but there are only two knights of each colour on a standard chessboard. Where did the third white knight come from?
5th Dec '17 8:14:48 AM sugaricequeen
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** Isn't Merida the one who will lead the clans someday, alongside whichever chief's son she chooses to marry?
29th Nov '17 2:33:29 PM Sharlee
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** "Change my mum" may have been Merida's attempt to encompass more than ''just'' altering Elinor's plans for the marriage. Presumably the two of them have been butting heads for quite a while over Merida's tomboyish ways, so her desire to see her mother "change" is as much a generalized "change her so she'll stop trying to micromanage my life" wish as a "stop trying to force me into marriage" one.
29th Nov '17 2:30:17 PM Sharlee
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** For that matter, why did Fergus and Elinor ''let'' the triplets remain so difficult to tell apart? Presumably whichever one of the trio was born first is expected to be heir to the clan leadership someday, so you'd think they'd have slapped a bracelet or something on that one as soon as they realized their baby sons were identical, not fraternal.
15th Oct '17 1:34:43 PM sugaricequeen
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** That's a different kind of communication problem. She didn't want to talk to her mother because she was stubborn and didn't think Elinor would listen. Her request for the witch was her just being vague and unspecific.
15th Sep '17 8:39:17 PM nombretomado
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* Queen Elinor only has two hands, but there are four clan leaders fighting. How are MacIntosh and MacGuffin being dragged when Elinor is only holding her husband and Dingwall by the ears?

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* Queen Elinor only has two hands, but there are four clan leaders fighting. How are MacIntosh [=MacIntosh=] and MacGuffin [=MacGuffin=] being dragged when Elinor is only holding her husband and Dingwall by the ears?
12th Aug '17 9:22:20 PM timemonkey
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** If she was good at expressing herself then the whole conflict could have been skipped.
23rd May '17 11:50:03 AM sugaricequeen
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* I am fully able to admit that Merida tends to be on the receiving end of a bit more hatred than is really justified, but one thing I have to question is the words she uses when trying to purchase a spell from the witch: "I want a spell to ''change'' my mum." This didn't really seem like a misstep on her part as much as a case of really bad writing that allowed the witch to fulfill the wish in her own ursine way. Why didn't Merida specify what she wanted, like "I want a spell to change my mum's mind about the marriage" or "I wish my mum would forget all about the marriage" or something? Both of those could've similarly been solved by her turning into a bear, since the spell literally did "change her mind" by making it more wild and feral, thereby making her forget all about the marriage, and it wouldn't have come off so contrived the way Merida said it.
21st May '17 10:53:41 AM gothelittle
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** People who learn how to tell twins (or triplets) apart usually focus less on physical differences (like hair style or clothing color) and more on behavioral quirks. She knows which one is which because she knows the way they move and act. The way they look is almost irrelevant.
18th Dec '16 7:27:24 AM LBHills
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** She's letting her shame and desperation overwhelm her thinking. Her father's the one who simply accepts her for herself. She's worried that she will lose his trust and strain his affection if he learns what she's done... unless she can fix it before he finds out.
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