History Literature / ABrothersPrice

13th Feb '17 6:43:58 PM AtmosBlitzer
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* {{Expy}}: A blond-haired, beautiful RoyalBrat, spoiled rotten, cruel, coward and prone to hiding behind his relatives' power? Tormenting the weaker, hiding behind the stronger, stupid but cunning enough to present himself as desirable for naive, red-haired women of noble blood, who then refuse to see his true character? Change the setting of which sex holds the actual power, and you get [[Literature/IceAndFire Joffrey]].

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* {{Expy}}: A blond-haired, beautiful RoyalBrat, spoiled rotten, cruel, coward and prone to hiding behind his relatives' power? Tormenting the weaker, hiding behind the stronger, stupid but cunning enough to present himself as desirable for naive, red-haired women of noble blood, who then refuse to see his true character? Change the setting of which sex holds the actual power, and you get [[Literature/IceAndFire [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Joffrey]].
14th Jan '17 5:40:05 PM Eievie
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*VirginTension: When Jerin gets kidnapped, it's a big concern that--even if they can get him back--that he will be raped first, making him an unsuitable husband. He's not a virgin by this point, but it's thematically similar.
7th Jan '17 3:53:24 PM Eievie
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* ButIWouldReallyEnjoyIt: When Rennsellaer/Ren seduces Jerin, he "takes the edge off" of lust on both their parts by resorting to the techniques his father taught him for pleasing a woman, which are never described but appear to involve oral sex. They could go from there to outright penis-in-vagina intercourse, but with great difficulty he refrains so he can remain a TechnicalVirgin. Also, he refuses with Cira [[spoiler:until she tells him she's another of the princesses, so it's okay, since she's one of his wives.]]

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* ButIWouldReallyEnjoyIt: When Rennsellaer/Ren Ren seduces Jerin, he "takes the edge off" of lust on both their parts by resorting to the techniques his father taught him for pleasing a woman, which are never described but appear to involve oral sex. They could go from there to outright penis-in-vagina intercourse, but with great difficulty he refrains so he can remain a TechnicalVirgin. Also, he refuses with Cira [[spoiler:until she tells him she's another of the princesses, so it's okay, since she's one of his wives.]]



* ObfuscatingStupidity: Men are so looked down unto that everyone buys this kind of gambit.
** When abducted, Jerin plays up his own feelings of helplessness and acts childish.
** Turns out that Keifer Porter, while actually stupid, used to act similarly (childish and ostensibly hysterical) to manipulate his wives and meet his own ends.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Men are so looked down unto that everyone buys this kind of gambit.
** When abducted, Jerin plays up his own feelings of helplessness and acts childish.
** Turns out that Keifer Porter, while
Keifer--while actually stupid, used stupid--used to act similarly (childish childish and ostensibly hysterical) hysterical to manipulate his wives and meet his own ends.
7th Jan '17 10:24:54 AM Eievie
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"On an alternate Earth, where the population is ninety percent female and a man is sold by his sisters to marry all the women [[note]]To be more precise, all sisters.[[/note]] in a family, Jerin Whistler is coming of age. His mothers are respected landed gentry, his grandfather a kidnapped prince, and his grandmothers common line soldiers blackballed for treason, trained by thieves, re-enlisted as spies, and knighted for acts of valor. Jerin wants to marry well, and his sisters want a husband bought by his brotherís price."

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"On an alternate Earth, where the population is ninety percent female and a man is sold by his sisters to marry all the women [[note]]To [[note]]--to be more precise, all sisters.[[/note]] sisters--[[/note]] in a family, Jerin Whistler is coming of age. His mothers are respected landed gentry, his grandfather a kidnapped prince, and his grandmothers common line soldiers blackballed for treason, trained by thieves, re-enlisted as spies, and knighted for acts of valor. Jerin wants to marry well, and his sisters want a husband bought by his brotherís price."



** Though Jerin's thought that 'for the first time in months' he loves Corelle (for her bravery in going out to parley with armed women) implies that the hostility between them is either a recent development or intermittent.

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** Though Jerin's thought that 'for "for the first time in months' months" he loves Corelle (for her bravery in going out to parley with armed women) implies that the hostility between them is either a recent development or intermittent.



** ActionMom: Kij Porter, a mother, a badass and a captain of her own ship. [[spoiler: And the BigBad.]]

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** ActionMom: Kij Porter, a mother, a badass and a captain of her own ship. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And the BigBad.]]



* ArrangedMarriage: Mothers and/or sisters get to choose who a man will marry, families differ on which gets the deciding vote. Jerin claims that one of his uncles was allowed to 'choose his wives' probably meaning he was given his choice of a short list of acceptable offers.

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* ArrangedMarriage: Mothers and/or sisters get to choose who a man will marry, families differ on which gets the deciding vote. Jerin claims that one of his uncles was allowed to 'choose "choose his wives' wives" probably meaning he was given his choice of a short list of acceptable offers.



* BattleHarem: Mess with Jerin and you will have five furious warrior princesses at your throat [[note]]The only reason the other five aren't involved is that they're too young, generally around eight years old. Once they're old enough, count them in as protectors for their husband as well[[/note]], not to mention fifty or sixty mothers, sisters, aunts and cousins ''all'' trained as fighters and thieves.

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* BattleHarem: Mess with Jerin and you will have five furious warrior princesses at your throat [[note]]The only reason the other five aren't involved is that they're too young, generally around eight years old. Once old--once they're old enough, count them in as protectors for their husband as well[[/note]], not to mention fifty or sixty mothers, sisters, aunts and cousins ''all'' trained as fighters and thieves.



** Corelle is nasty toward Jerin in the first chapter - but then she's suffering from teenage hormones for the [[GirlNextDoor Boy Next Door]]. She gets better.
** There are indications that Princess Eldest was enforcing orders to her siblings with a riding crop. She also [[{{Gaslighting}} half-convinced Trini]] that it was her own fault that [[spoiler: Keifer hurt her]].
* BigBrotherInstinct: The women of Queensland care very much for their brothers, sons, and other menfolk. Basically women are expected by other women to behave like cornered wolverines if they have 'men to protect'.

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** Corelle is nasty toward Jerin in the first chapter - but chapter--but then she's suffering from teenage hormones for the [[GirlNextDoor Boy Next Door]]. She gets better.
** There are indications that Princess Eldest was enforcing orders to her siblings with a riding crop. She also [[{{Gaslighting}} half-convinced Trini]] that it was her own fault that [[spoiler: Keifer [[spoiler:Keifer hurt her]].
* BigBrotherInstinct: The women of Queensland care very much for their brothers, sons, and other menfolk. Basically women are expected by other women to behave like cornered wolverines if they have 'men "men to protect'.protect."



* BleedEmAndWeep: Jerin is horrified when Cira clocks someone with a stone paperweight. Not long after, he [[spoiler: shoots a Porter woman to save Cira]] and holds absolutely still for several minutes, overcome with reaction. Of course five or ten minutes later he is using the woman he killed as a dead weight to keep the whistle going to bleed steam out of the boilers. Jerin's a Whistler, necessity trumps emotion every time.

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* BleedEmAndWeep: Jerin is horrified when Cira clocks someone with a stone paperweight. Not long after, he [[spoiler: shoots [[spoiler:shoots a Porter woman to save Cira]] and holds absolutely still for several minutes, overcome with reaction. Of course five or ten minutes later he is using the woman he killed as a dead weight to keep the whistle going to bleed steam out of the boilers. Jerin's a Whistler, necessity trumps emotion every time.



* BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler: Eldie Porter's parents were culturally brother and sister, genetically full cousins. [[note]] Most "siblings" in this setting are closer to half-siblings, sharing a father and having mothers who are also half-siblings themselves. The characters in question here have different fathers, but their mothers were full sisters. They were raised as brother and sister.[[/note]]]]
* ButIWouldReallyEnjoyIt: When Rennsellaer/Ren seduces Jerin, he 'takes the edge off' of lust on both their parts by resorting to the techniques his father taught him for pleasing a woman, which are never described but appear to involve oral sex. They could go from there to outright penis-in-vagina intercourse, but with great difficulty he refrains so he can remain a TechnicalVirgin. Also, he refuses with Cira [[spoiler: until she tells him she's another of the princesses, so it's okay, since she's one of his wives.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Set up far, far in advance and referenced a few times to keep the reader's memory fresh. [[spoiler: Jerin was taught to read and write, and how to run, climb, ride, shoot, and defend himself, as well as how to pick locks, use sleight of hand, and know when to lie. He's still a NonActionGuy, but [[SpiritedYoungLady spirited about it]].]]

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* BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler: Eldie [[spoiler:Eldie Porter's parents were culturally brother and sister, genetically full cousins. [[note]] Most "siblings" in this setting are closer to half-siblings, sharing a father and having mothers who are also half-siblings themselves. The characters in question here have different fathers, but their mothers were full sisters. They were raised as brother and sister.[[/note]]]]
* ButIWouldReallyEnjoyIt: When Rennsellaer/Ren seduces Jerin, he 'takes "takes the edge off' off" of lust on both their parts by resorting to the techniques his father taught him for pleasing a woman, which are never described but appear to involve oral sex. They could go from there to outright penis-in-vagina intercourse, but with great difficulty he refrains so he can remain a TechnicalVirgin. Also, he refuses with Cira [[spoiler: until [[spoiler:until she tells him she's another of the princesses, so it's okay, since she's one of his wives.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Set up far, far in advance and referenced a few times to keep the reader's memory fresh. [[spoiler: Jerin [[spoiler:Jerin was taught to read and write, and how to run, climb, ride, shoot, and defend himself, as well as how to pick locks, use sleight of hand, and know when to lie. He's still a NonActionGuy, but [[SpiritedYoungLady spirited about it]].]]



* DeathByChildbirth: A real fear, though 'normal' miscarriages and stillbirths are more common.

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* DeathByChildbirth: A real fear, though 'normal' "normal" miscarriages and stillbirths are more common.



** The men-as-property and polygamy aspects aside, the whole family is usually held accountable for the actions of one member so that a family can't simply commit treason and then sacrifice one person, becoming more willing to repeat the offense as revenge. This means that if treason is committed, the whole family is executed down to the children. Ren is distressed at the thought of killing [[spoiler: her little 'niece' Eldie Porter, but the Whistlers [[TakeAThirdOption took a third option]] and adopted her without telling her what her mothers did.]]

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** The men-as-property and polygamy aspects aside, the whole family is usually held accountable for the actions of one member so that a family can't simply commit treason and then sacrifice one person, becoming more willing to repeat the offense as revenge. This means that if treason is committed, the whole family is executed down to the children. Ren is distressed at the thought of killing [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her little 'niece' "niece" Eldie Porter, but the Whistlers [[TakeAThirdOption took a third option]] and adopted her without telling her what her mothers did.]]



--> "We don't blame you, honey."
--> "[[QuestionableConsent I could have fought.]]"
--> "She's a princess. All her life people have obeyed her commands. You're a boy. All your life you have listened to others. It was up to her to stop at any no you have, even if it was whispered."
** At one point Ren and Jerin have a purely philosophical conversation about how their society would be different if it were {{Gender Flip}}ped, and Jerin concludes that no matter what the male:female ratio, a woman's consent is more important than a man's, because pregnancy will always make the consequences of sex riskier for women than for men. Amusingly Ren assumes that babies are the only 'reward' of marriage. Regular sex doesn't figure.

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--> "We -->'''Eldest''': We don't blame you, honey."
--> "[[QuestionableConsent
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'''Jerin''': [[QuestionableConsent
I could have fought.]]"
--> "She's
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'''Eldest''': She's
a princess. All her life people have obeyed her commands. You're a boy. All your life you have listened to others. It was up to her to stop at any no you have, even if it was whispered."
whispered.
** At one point Ren and Jerin have a purely philosophical conversation about how their society would be different if it were {{Gender Flip}}ped, and Jerin concludes that no matter what the male:female ratio, a woman's consent is more important than a man's, because pregnancy will always make the consequences of sex riskier for women than for men. Amusingly Ren assumes that babies are the only 'reward' "reward" of marriage. Regular sex doesn't figure.



* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Averted but not completely inverted. One of the first thoughts Jerin has in the book is that if he killed the sister who's always needling him people would shrug it off, though we quickly see that not only would he never actually hurt her, he's constantly aware that her anger, directed towards him, is much more dangerous than his anger at her. However, [[spoiler: Keifer's]] assault on his young wife is taken very seriously by her middle sisters (if not the elder ones), and could have been grounds for divorce.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Inverted. [[spoiler: Keifer, who was married to the princesses,]] fought often with his then thirteen-year-old wife, and at one point stunned her with a blow to the head, tied her to his bed, and abused her. This abuse includes rape, but her sisters describe it as 'servicing' her, and is seen as less awful than his breaking her nose and some of her fingers, blacking her eyes, burning her with a hot iron, and threatening to cut her face. On the other hand, when Eldest Whistler thinks that one of the princesses has raped her brother, she is murderously angry even though he has not been physically harmed.

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* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Averted but not completely inverted. One of the first thoughts Jerin has in the book is that if he killed the sister who's always needling him people would shrug it off, though we quickly see that not only would he never actually hurt her, he's constantly aware that her anger, directed towards him, is much more dangerous than his anger at her. However, [[spoiler: Keifer's]] [[spoiler:Keifer's]] assault on his young wife is taken very seriously by her middle sisters (if not the elder ones), and could have been grounds for divorce.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Inverted. [[spoiler: Keifer, [[spoiler:Keifer, who was married to the princesses,]] fought often with his then thirteen-year-old then-13-year-old wife, and at one point stunned her with a blow to the head, tied her to his bed, and abused her. This abuse includes rape, but her sisters describe it as 'servicing' "servicing" her, and is seen as less awful than his breaking her nose and some of her fingers, blacking her eyes, burning her with a hot iron, and threatening to cut her face. On the other hand, when Eldest Whistler thinks that one of the princesses has raped her brother, she is murderously angry even though he has not been physically harmed.



* DyeOrDie: [[spoiler: Cira, to keep the SignificantGreenEyedRedhead thing from letting anyone know she's royal.]] Also [[spoiler: Eldie Porter, at the end, to help her fit in among the Whistler children.]]
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: As they go over the InevitableWaterfall Cira cries 'Jerin, I love you!' they both survive. [[spoiler: Fortunately for them both 'Cira' turns out to be one of the Princesses and so Jerin's wife - which she thought he knew when she made her declaration]]

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* DyeOrDie: [[spoiler: Cira, [[spoiler:Cira, to keep the SignificantGreenEyedRedhead thing from letting anyone know she's royal.]] Also [[spoiler: Eldie [[spoiler:Eldie Porter, at the end, to help her fit in among the Whistler children.]]
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: As they go over the InevitableWaterfall Cira cries 'Jerin, "Jerin, I love you!' they you!" They both survive. [[spoiler: Fortunately [[spoiler:Fortunately for them both 'Cira' Cira turns out to be one of the Princesses and so Jerin's wife - which wife--which she thought he knew when she made her declaration]]



* ExactWords: Cira tells a group of women intending to group together to start a new family of "sisters", which she's been invited to join, that she's "done second in line" and that "some" felt she "was usurping my sister's authority", so she left. [[spoiler: Details she's leaving out include that she's Halley, currently the second eldest living princess, behind Ren, that she was the natural leader of her age group among her sisters, and that ''she'' was the one who felt she was getting in the way of her current Eldest's authority, since most found it more natural to look to the more dominant Halley for leadership over the less confident Ren.]]

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* ExactWords: Cira tells a group of women intending to group together to start a new family of "sisters", which she's been invited to join, that she's "done second in line" and that "some" felt she "was usurping my sister's authority", so she left. [[spoiler: Details [[spoiler:Details she's leaving out include that she's Halley, currently the second eldest living princess, behind Ren, that she was the natural leader of her age group among her sisters, and that ''she'' was the one who felt she was getting in the way of her current Eldest's authority, since most found it more natural to look to the more dominant Halley for leadership over the less confident Ren.]]



** When they're made to leave the theater, during a play about an attempted coup, Ren and Halley argue over whether the entire family -- even the youngest children -- of the would-be royal usurpers should have been killed. Ren argues for mercy to the children, while Halley is adamant that ending the whole family was the only practical course. They repeat the argument at the end of the book, when they learn which family has been trying to kill off the royal sisters. There is also a young child in that family.

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** When they're made to leave the theater, during a play about an attempted coup, Ren and Halley argue over whether the entire family -- even family--even the youngest children -- of children--of the would-be royal usurpers should have been killed. Ren argues for mercy to the children, while Halley is adamant that ending the whole family was the only practical course. They repeat the argument at the end of the book, when they learn which family has been trying to kill off the royal sisters. There is also a young child in that family.



* GoodScarsEvilScars: Cira has an enormous silvery scar on her face that healed well, so it's not raised. She also has similar scars all over her body. In-story she's seen as ambiguous for quite some time, and [[spoiler: it turns out that she's the missing princess Halley.]]
* GuileHero: Cira / [[spoiler: Princess Halley.]]

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* GoodScarsEvilScars: Cira has an enormous silvery scar on her face that healed well, so it's not raised. She also has similar scars all over her body. In-story she's seen as ambiguous for quite some time, and [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it turns out that she's the missing princess Halley.]]
* GuileHero: Cira / [[spoiler: Princess Cira[=/=][[spoiler:Princess Halley.]]



* HeroesWantRedHeads: The 'flame haired' Princesses seem to affect our protagonist like an aphrodisiac - every one of them.

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* HeroesWantRedHeads: The 'flame haired' "flame haired" Princesses seem to affect our protagonist like an aphrodisiac - every aphrodisiac--every one of them.them. [[spoiler:Even when that hair is hidden under dye.]]



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Keifer was assigned to have the older princesses go to a theater so when it caught fire they would be killed. It was specifically chosen so he could duck out the back and escape, but he missed his cue and stayed; Eldest Porter came to fetch him but was killed as well.]]

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Keifer [[spoiler:Keifer was assigned to have the older princesses go to a theater so when it caught fire they would be killed. It was specifically chosen so he could duck out the back and escape, but he missed his cue and stayed; Eldest Porter came to fetch him but was killed as well.]]



* HoldYourHippogriffs: "Easy as mud: dirt and water", "Apples only come from apple trees", and "It's a tasteless stew, but it's all we have to eat." The Whistlers also have a family-specific saying, variations on "Catch a shining coin".
* HonorBeforeReason: Averted by the Whistlers. Jerin gives his 'word of honor' he will cooperate and not try to escape if only the villains will spare Cira, who is a little shocked when he breaks his word at the first opportunity. He retorts that you meet liars and traitors on their own level - and in his opinion allowing himself to be raped would be much worse.

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* HoldYourHippogriffs: "Easy as mud: dirt and water", water," "Apples only come from apple trees", trees," and "It's a tasteless stew, but it's all we have to eat." The Whistlers also have a family-specific saying, variations on "Catch a shining coin".
coin."
* HonorBeforeReason: Averted by the Whistlers. Jerin gives his 'word "word of honor' honor" he will cooperate and not try to escape if only the villains will spare Cira, who is a little shocked when he breaks his word at the first opportunity. He retorts that you meet liars and traitors on their own level - and level--and in his opinion allowing himself to be raped would be much worse.



* LetsWaitAWhile: Despite the undeniable attraction Jerin feels for Ren, he doesn't want to 'go all the way' until they're engaged. Actually he feels ashamed for going as far as he did.

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* LetsWaitAWhile: Despite the undeniable attraction Jerin feels for Ren, he doesn't want to 'go "go all the way' way" until they're engaged. Actually Well, he ''does'', but he knows they ''shouldn't'', and he feels ashamed for going as far as he did.



* LysistrataGambit: Keifer often withheld sex in conjunction with throwing raging fits in order to get his wives to go along with whatever he wanted. His older wives were madly in love with him, so it tended to work. [[spoiler: And he cheated on them anyway.]]

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* LysistrataGambit: Keifer often withheld sex in conjunction with throwing raging fits in order to get his wives to go along with whatever he wanted. His older wives were madly in love with him, so it tended to work. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And he cheated on them anyway.]]



* MaritalRapeLicense: Marital ''Gang'' Rape License, to be precise, though it's more because of the babies than for fulfilling sexual needs. It's even discussed - women admit that in the society where a family's existence literally depends of if they have a son (to swap for a husband) or not and the odds of conceiving one are so low, they just can't afford to raise boys to say 'no'. Jerin is terrified of the prospect of having to 'service' the thirty and undesirable Brindle women.

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* MaritalRapeLicense: Marital ''Gang'' Rape License, to be precise, though it's more because of the babies than for fulfilling sexual needs. It's even discussed - women discussed--women admit that in the society where a family's existence literally depends of if they have a son (to swap for a husband) or not and the odds of conceiving one are so low, they just can't afford to raise boys to say 'no'. "no". Jerin is terrified of the prospect of having to 'service' "service" the thirty and undesirable Brindle women.



* MiddleChildSyndrome: Corelle seems to have a bad case of this. In fact dividing a family's numerous daughters into 'eldest', 'middle' and 'youngest' cadres seems to be standard practice in Queensland. Since family authority goes strictly by seniority you can imagine how much this must suck for assertive younger sisters.

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* MiddleChildSyndrome: Corelle seems to have a bad case of this. In fact dividing a family's numerous daughters into 'eldest', 'middle' "eldest", "middle" and 'youngest' "youngest" cadres seems to be standard practice in Queensland. Since family authority goes strictly by seniority you can imagine how much this must suck for assertive younger sisters.



* MotherhoodIsSuperior: Inverted, as it is men's responsibility to care for the children ... [[GenderRarityValue if]] there is a man in the family. Also, it is expected of teenage brothers to care for their baby sisters, and the failure to do so ''is'' noticed by potential wives - Balin Brindle leaves it to his frail old father to care for the babies - Summer Whistler does ''not'' approve. She understandably wants to marry a man who is good with children.

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* MotherhoodIsSuperior: Inverted, as it is men's responsibility to care for the children ...children... [[GenderRarityValue if]] there is a man in the family. Also, it is expected of teenage brothers to care for their baby sisters, and the failure to do so ''is'' noticed by potential wives - Balin wives--Balin Brindle leaves it to his frail old father to care for the babies - Summer babies--Summer Whistler does ''not'' approve. She understandably wants to marry a man who is good with children.



* [[NeverMyFault Never Our Fault]]: When confronted by Ren at the end of the book, [[spoiler: Kij]] claims that all of her own and her family's misdeeds -- which at latest count include treason, murder and attempted murder (including members of ''her own family''), piracy, kidnapping, and smuggling -- are actually the fault of the royal family, because the [[spoiler: Porters]] lost money and property in the War of the False Eldest.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Ren and Halley survive the attack in the theater basically thanks to Keifer being an ass and sending Ren home. Better yet, this basically foils the attackers' plan of weakening the royal family by ultimately leaving the two most competent princesses (after their older sisters were implied cases of LoveMakesYouDumb) as the eldest. Better ''yet'', [[spoiler: Keifer was actually the part of the enemies' party and was supposed to survive. His stupidity killed him, the Porters' Eldest, the princesses who sympathized with the Porters, and ultimately his family's influence at the court. What was left, were the middle princesses, who remembered him and the rest of the Porters' unfavorably and had learned their lesson how to and how not to choose and treat a husband, in charge now.]] Really, good job.

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* [[NeverMyFault Never Our Fault]]: When confronted by Ren at the end of the book, [[spoiler: Kij]] [[spoiler:Kij]] claims that all of her own and her family's misdeeds -- which misdeeds--which at latest count include treason, murder and attempted murder (including members of ''her own family''), piracy, kidnapping, and smuggling -- are smuggling--are actually the fault of the royal family, because the [[spoiler: Porters]] [[spoiler:Porters]] lost money and property in the War of the False Eldest.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Ren and Halley survive the attack in the theater basically thanks to Keifer being an ass and sending Ren home. Better yet, this basically foils the attackers' plan of weakening the royal family by ultimately leaving the two most competent princesses (after their older sisters were implied cases of LoveMakesYouDumb) as the eldest. Better ''yet'', [[spoiler: Keifer [[spoiler:Keifer was actually the part of the enemies' party and was supposed to survive. His stupidity killed him, the Porters' Eldest, the princesses who sympathized with the Porters, and ultimately his family's influence at the court. What was left, were the middle princesses, who remembered him and the rest of the Porters' unfavorably and had learned their lesson how to and how not to choose and treat a husband, in charge now.]] Really, good job.



* NotBloodSiblings: [[spoiler: Eldie Porter's parents]], not that that makes it okay in-universe - just not so bad as it might have been.

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* NotBloodSiblings: [[spoiler: Eldie [[spoiler:Eldie Porter's parents]], not that that makes it okay in-universe - just in-universe--just not so ''so'' bad as it might have been.



* [[OldManMarryingAChild Old Woman Marrying A Teen]]: Grooms are 16, the older brides are... well, not old, because they have to get there before menopause, but much more adult. A one point the 'not young anymore' (by Ren's words) Kij Porter, presumably in her late thirties, makes advances to a not quite yet sixteen Jerin. He's creeped, though probably more because he's scared of her as a person. Cullen Moorland on the other hand clearly welcomes Eldest Whistler's advances and she's twenty-eight to his sixteen.

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* [[OldManMarryingAChild Old Woman Marrying A Teen]]: Grooms are 16, the older brides are... well, not old, ''old'', because they have to get there before menopause, but much more adult. A one point the 'not "not young anymore' anymore" (by Ren's words) Kij Porter, presumably in her late thirties, 30s, makes advances to a not quite yet sixteen not-quite-yet-16 Jerin. He's creeped, though probably more because he's scared of her as a person. Cullen Moorland on the other hand clearly welcomes Eldest Whistler's advances and she's twenty-eight 28 to his sixteen.16.



*PlotArmor: In-universe, Ren remarks that Odelia seems to have this. She gets beat over the head with an iron rod, very nearly killed and left for dead, then rescued by the grandchildren of knights and their beautiful brother, and Ren says that's about typical of Odelia's luck.



*PrecisionFStrike:
-->'''Ren''': Keifer was a whoring, murdering slut! After murdering my father, he fucked women in our wedding bed!



** Basically his hormones were saying 'Yes, yes, yes' and his judgement and ethics were saying 'No, no, no' fatally complicating the issue of consent.
* [[RaisedByDudes Raised by Chicks]]: Presumably this world's equivalent of RaisedByDudes. Men are seen as, and act as, the more nurturing sex; they are expected to be the primary child-rearers. Due to the scarcity of males, however, some families have no resident "father." Children of such households would necessarily be raised by the less-nurturing gender -- that is, women -- and might be expected to lack some of the finer social skills of their "properly" reared counterparts.

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** Basically his hormones were saying 'Yes, "Yes, yes, yes' yes" and his judgement and ethics were saying 'No, "No, no, no' no" fatally complicating the issue of consent.
* [[RaisedByDudes Raised by Chicks]]: Presumably this world's equivalent of RaisedByDudes. Men are seen as, and act as, the more nurturing sex; they are expected to be the primary child-rearers. Due to the scarcity of males, however, some families have no resident "father." Children of such households would necessarily be raised by the less-nurturing gender -- that gender--that is, women -- and women--and might be expected to lack some of the finer social skills of their "properly" reared counterparts.



* SacredHospitality: Mentioned. The family is bound by law to provide hospitality to the injured soldier, and [[spoiler: Ren's words after she seduced Jerin imply that she knows this to be a breach of the rules of hospitality.]]

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* SacredHospitality: Mentioned. The family is bound by law to provide hospitality to the injured soldier, and [[spoiler: Ren's [[spoiler:Ren's words after she seduced Jerin imply that she knows this to be a breach of the rules of hospitality.]]



* ShelteredAristocrat: Cullen Moorland is exceptionally sheltered even by Queensland standards and cannot wait to cook, clean and take care of his home and wives like other men - also learn to ride.

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* ShelteredAristocrat: Cullen Moorland is exceptionally sheltered even by Queensland standards and cannot wait to cook, clean and take care of his home and wives like other men - also men--also learn to ride.



* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: How Ren's father was killed [[spoiler: it was Keifer's doing, of course.]]

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* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: How Ren's father was killed [[spoiler: it killed--[[spoiler:it was Keifer's doing, of course.]]



* [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Tomgirl And Girly Boy]]: Cullen, despite growing among the noble folk is rather wild and contemptuous of the rules. He's bored and longs to do more adventurous things, like riding a horse. Jerin in turn, who's grown up in a farm and got to do such 'unladylike' things in his life, is much more proper and calm.

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* [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Tomgirl And Girly Boy]]: Cullen, despite growing among the noble folk is rather wild and contemptuous of the rules. He's bored and longs to do more adventurous things, like riding a horse. Jerin in turn, who's grown up in a farm and got to do such 'unladylike' "unladylike" things in his life, is much more proper and calm. calm.



* UnwantedHarem: Men who marry marry all the sisters of a family at once, and these can be large. Jerin's worst nightmare is being married to the Brindle family. There are ''thirty'' of them. He'd prefer a smaller family, with only around ten women he'd be expected to 'service' and perform childcare and housekeeping for.
* VillainousIncest: The Brindles, suspected to be incestuous, are seen as thoroughly repulsive to both Jerin and, to his relief, Eldest Whistler, who promises she won't trade him for their brother. [[spoiler: Kij and Keifer Porter had sex and even a daughter before Keifer was killed.]]

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* UnwantedHarem: Men who marry marry all the sisters of a family at once, and these can be large. Jerin's worst nightmare is being married to the Brindle family. There are ''thirty'' of them. He'd prefer a smaller family, with only around ten women he'd be expected to 'service' "service" and perform childcare and housekeeping for.
* VillainousIncest: The Brindles, suspected to be incestuous, are seen as thoroughly repulsive to both Jerin and, to his relief, Eldest Whistler, who promises she won't trade him for their brother. [[spoiler: Kij [[spoiler:Kij and Keifer Porter had sex and even a daughter before Keifer was killed.]]



*** To be fair, the family in question was guilty of so many capital crimes it's not even ''funny'': [[spoiler:murder of old prince consort, murder of Queen Mothers and elder princesses, stealing crown weapons, wanton murder of country folk, murder of dozen soldiers, attempted mass murder of capital's garrison, kidnapping prince consort, attempted murder of remaining princesses, and to top it all off - an attempted coup]]
* WedlockBlock: Ren runs into problems getting her mothers to approve a marriage to Jerin when her Mother Eldest insists that all the adult princesses agree, in order to avoid some of the problems they had with Keifer. Since Halley's missing and Trini really doesn't want to remarry, it's tough going for Ren.

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*** To be fair, the family in question was guilty of so many capital crimes it's not even ''funny'': [[spoiler:murder of old prince consort, murder of Queen Mothers and elder princesses, stealing crown weapons, wanton murder of country folk, murder of dozen soldiers, attempted mass murder of capital's garrison, kidnapping prince consort, attempted murder of remaining princesses, and to top it all off - an off--an attempted coup]]
* WedlockBlock: Ren runs into problems getting her mothers to approve a marriage to Jerin when her Mother Eldest insists that all ''all'' the adult princesses agree, in order to avoid some of the problems they had with Keifer. Since Halley's missing and Trini really doesn't want to remarry, it's tough going for Ren.



* YouKnowTooMuch: Jerin tries to warn the river trash that their employers [[spoiler: the Porters]] will kill them because they will be able to identify those employers. The river trash don't believe him. [[spoiler: But he's right.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: Cheating as seen as immensely low for all parties involved because it invites the possibility of sexually transmitted diseases running rampant. [[spoiler: Keifer cheated on his wives with his sister.]]

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* YouKnowTooMuch: Jerin tries to warn the river trash that their employers [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Porters]] will kill them because they will be able to identify those employers. The river trash don't believe him. [[spoiler: But [[spoiler:But he's right.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: Cheating as seen as immensely low for all parties involved because it invites the possibility of sexually transmitted diseases running rampant. [[spoiler: Keifer [[spoiler:Keifer cheated on his wives with his sister.]]
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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Inverted. [[spoiler: Keifer, who was married to the princesses,]] fought often with his then thirteen-year-old wife, and at one point stunned her with a blow to the head, tied her to his bed, and abused her. He 'serviced' her, but in-universe this is seen as less awful than his breaking her nose and some of her fingers, blacking her eyes, burning her with a hot iron, and threatening to cut her face. On the other hand, when Eldest Whistler thinks that one of the princesses has raped her brother, she is murderously angry even though he has not been physically harmed.

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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Inverted. [[spoiler: Keifer, who was married to the princesses,]] fought often with his then thirteen-year-old wife, and at one point stunned her with a blow to the head, tied her to his bed, and abused her. He 'serviced' This abuse includes rape, but her sisters describe it as 'servicing' her, but in-universe this and is seen as less awful than his breaking her nose and some of her fingers, blacking her eyes, burning her with a hot iron, and threatening to cut her face. On the other hand, when Eldest Whistler thinks that one of the princesses has raped her brother, she is murderously angry even though he has not been physically harmed.



* PersonalEffectsReveal: When Jerin is moved into the palace husband quarters, he finds evidence [[spoiler:that predecessor Kiefer killed his father-in-law, father of the princesses]].

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* PersonalEffectsReveal: When Jerin is moved into the palace husband quarters, he finds evidence [[spoiler:that predecessor Kiefer Keifer killed his father-in-law, father of the princesses]].
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* AuthorAppeal: seems pretty clear where the writer stands on the nurture vs nature argument on gender roles, and it is pretty absurdly far in the direction of nurture.



* FridgeLogic: The fact that men have testosterone, and therefore are far stronger, faster, and have better reflexes then women, regardless of how either of them is trained is simply dismissed.
8th Dec '16 12:24:50 PM Martine34
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* Fridgelogic: The fact that men have testosterone, and therefore are far stronger, faster, and have better reflexes then women, regardless of how either of them is trained is simply dismissed.

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* Fridgelogic: FridgeLogic: The fact that men have testosterone, and therefore are far stronger, faster, and have better reflexes then women, regardless of how either of them is trained is simply dismissed.
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* Fridgelogic: The fact that men have testosterone, and therefore are far stronger, faster, and have better reflexes then women, regardless of how either of them is trained is simply dismissed.
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* AuthorAppeal: seems pretty clear where the writer stands on the nurture vs nature argument on gender roles, and it is pretty absurdly far in the direction of nurture.
5th Oct '16 1:58:11 PM BuccoBabe
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* RaisedByDudes: Pretty much the norm. Men are seen as, and act as, the more nurturing sex in this book. Mothers and older sisters help out, but they're seen as more the disciplinary ones, while the husband or brother is seen as the sweeter more loving one.

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* RaisedByDudes: Pretty much the norm. [[RaisedByDudes Raised by Chicks]]: Presumably this world's equivalent of RaisedByDudes. Men are seen as, and act as, the more nurturing sex in this book. Mothers sex; they are expected to be the primary child-rearers. Due to the scarcity of males, however, some families have no resident "father." Children of such households would necessarily be raised by the less-nurturing gender -- that is, women -- and older sisters help out, but they're seen as more might be expected to lack some of the disciplinary ones, while the husband or brother is seen as the sweeter more loving one.finer social skills of their "properly" reared counterparts.
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