History Literature / ASwiftlyTiltingPlanet

27th Aug '16 5:23:42 PM esq263
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* AnAesop: About being careful whom you marry, as it will have a significant impact, for good or ill, on your family for the foreseeable future. Note that, in Brandon's time the Higgins -- formerly friends of the Llawcaes -- are corrupted by intermarriage with the Mortmains, Beezie's mother's marriage to Duthbert Mortmain ruins her family (and results in a son who grows up to be a criminal), and [[spoiler: the central point of decision in the story, whether Branzillo is an OmnicidalManiac who starts a nuclear war or a benevolent pacifist, hinges on whether Bran marries Zillie or Zilah, and whether Gwen marries Rich or Gedder.]]

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* AnAesop: About being careful whom you marry, as it will have a significant impact, for good or ill, on your family for the foreseeable future. Note that, that [[spoiler: the central point of decision in the story -- whether Branzillo is an OmnicidalManiac who starts a nuclear war or a benevolent pacifist -- hinges on whether Bran marries Zillie or Zilah, and whether Gwen marries Rich or Gedder.]]. More realistically, in Brandon's time the Higgins -- formerly friends of the Llawcaes -- are corrupted by intermarriage with the Mortmains, Mortmains and infected with the latter's bigoted worldview; and Beezie's mother's marriage to Duthbert Mortmain ruins her family (and results in a son who grows up to be a criminal), and [[spoiler: the central point of decision in the story, whether Branzillo is an OmnicidalManiac who starts a nuclear war or a benevolent pacifist, hinges on whether Bran marries Zillie or Zilah, and whether Gwen marries Rich or Gedder.]]criminal).
27th Aug '16 5:19:32 PM esq263
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* AnAesop: About being careful whom you marry, as it will have a significant impact, for good or ill, on your family for the foreseeable future. Note that, in Brandon's time the Higgins -- formerly friends of the Llawcaes -- are corrupted by intermarriage with the Mortmains, Beezie's mother's marriage to Duthbert Mortmain ruins her family (and results in a son who grows up to be a criminal), and [[spoiler: the central point of decision in the story, whether Branzillo is an OmnicidalManiac who starts a nuclear war or a benevolent pacifist, hinges on whether Bran marries Zillie or Zilah, and whether Gwen marries Rich or Gedder.]]
4th Oct '15 8:05:18 PM somebob
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* YearInsideHourOutside: Charles Wallace spends days and weeks within his hosts, but it all takes place in real life within a few hours. Of note is that Meg, who is experiencing is everything via [[''Telepathy'' kything]], but is seemingly not affected by the amount of time she experiences within Charles Wallace versus the real time for her. She can even talk with her family and go back to Charles Walllace at the same time she left him.
23rd Sep '15 11:49:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: The events of ''ManyWaters'' happen before ''A Swiftly Tilting Planet''. After a time-traveling adventure to thousands of years before the birth of Christ, you'd think that Sandy and Dennys would not be so incredulous. This is explained by the fact that L'Engle wrote ''Many Waters'' after ''A Swiftly Tilting Planet'', but for anyone reading the books in their chronological order this is just weird.

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: The events of ''ManyWaters'' ''Literature/ManyWaters'' happen before ''A Swiftly Tilting Planet''. After a time-traveling adventure to thousands of years before the birth of Christ, you'd think that Sandy and Dennys would not be so incredulous. This is explained by the fact that L'Engle wrote ''Many Waters'' after ''A Swiftly Tilting Planet'', but for anyone reading the books in their chronological order this is just weird.



* {{Unicorn}}: Gaudior. It deserves noting that he's ''very'' different from the unicorns depicted in ''ManyWaters'' in the same world -- he's bigger, he's more reliably (albeit still not completely) real, and he's telepathic. And has magic.

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* {{Unicorn}}: Gaudior. It deserves noting that he's ''very'' different from the unicorns depicted in ''ManyWaters'' ''Literature/ManyWaters'' in the same world -- he's bigger, he's more reliably (albeit still not completely) real, and he's telepathic. And has magic.
17th Sep '15 8:18:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* EvilSmellsBad: The Echthroi, as noted in ''AWindInTheDoor''. Also, Chuck Maddox can smell bad character or cruelty on a person the same way he can physical cancers.

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* EvilSmellsBad: The Echthroi, as noted in ''AWindInTheDoor''.''Literature/AWindInTheDoor''. Also, Chuck Maddox can smell bad character or cruelty on a person the same way he can physical cancers.
30th Jun '15 12:36:08 PM SpectralTime
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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Mostly simple. If you're descended from Madoc you're probably a good guy, if you're descended from Gwydyr you're probably bad. [[spoiler: The major exception is Zillie, who is being manipulated by her cruel, ambitious brother--but even she can't be allowed to marry Bran due to her tainted blood. The plot of the novel basically hinges on making sure that Madog Branzillo is born from Madoc's lineage rather than Gwydyr's.]]

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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Mostly simple. If you're descended from Madoc you're probably a good guy, if you're descended from Gwydyr you're probably bad. [[spoiler: The major exception is Zillie, who is being manipulated by her cruel, ambitious brother--but even she can't brother and would rather be allowed to marry with someone else -- but letting Gedder bully her into marrying Bran would still spell disaster, though this is more due to the undue influence it would allow him to exert rather than "just" being her tainted blood. The plot of the novel basically hinges on making sure that Madog Branzillo is born from Madoc's lineage rather than Gwydyr's.Gwydyr's, and that the fledgling nation of Vespugia is cleansed of Gwydyr's influence.]]
30th Jun '15 12:31:25 PM Zsuzsa
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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Even a full-scale nuclear war would not even blow up a planet. It would "merely" turn a good portion of the world (perhaps all of it) into an uninhabitable, or barely habitable, wasteland. The quote in the ArtisticLicenseAstronomy entry is especially curious, as the conversations with Sandy and Dennys, as well as the Projections, depict a more realistic result. That said, in the universe of the books there's more going on than simple physics.



* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Mostly simple. If you're descended from Madoc you're probably a good guy, if you're descended from Gwydyr you're probably bad. [[spoiler: The major exception is Zillie, who is being manipulated by her cruel, ambitious brother, and the plot of the novel basically hinges on making sure that Madog Branzillo is born from Madoc's lineage rather than Gwydyr's.]]

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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Mostly simple. If you're descended from Madoc you're probably a good guy, if you're descended from Gwydyr you're probably bad. [[spoiler: The major exception is Zillie, who is being manipulated by her cruel, ambitious brother, and the brother--but even she can't be allowed to marry Bran due to her tainted blood. The plot of the novel basically hinges on making sure that Madog Branzillo is born from Madoc's lineage rather than Gwydyr's.]]



* YouFailPhysicsForever: Even a full-scale nuclear war would not even blow up a planet. It would "merely" turn a good portion of the world (perhaps all of it) into an uninhabitable, or barely habitable, wasteland. The quote in the ArtisticLicenseAstronomy entry is especially curious, as the conversations with Sandy and Dennys, as well as the Projections, depict a more realistic result. That said, in the universe of the books there's more going on than simple physics.
23rd May '15 9:32:20 AM esq263
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* PublicDomainCharacter: Madoc, whose legendary trip to America is discussed on TheOtherWiki. See [[here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madoc]]

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* PublicDomainCharacter: Madoc, whose legendary trip to America is discussed on TheOtherWiki. See [[here http://en.[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madoc]] org/wiki/Madoc here]]
23rd May '15 9:31:00 AM esq263
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* PublicDomainCharacter: Madoc, whose legendary trip to America is discussed on TheOtherWiki. See [[here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madoc]]
13th Dec '14 8:10:27 PM JustCause
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* {{Pride}}: Charles Wallace's certainty in his own intellect and abilities almost causes disasters many times over, [[ContinuityNod just as it did in]] ''[[Literature/AWrinkleInTime]]''. [[spoiler: Ultimately, he [[CharacterDevelopment accepts that he isn't perfect and doesn't necessarily have all the answers]], just in time to escape a very subtle trap laid by the Ecthroi.]] Gaudior, too, eventually comes to understand and overcome his own disdain for "mortals" bound to time.

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* {{Pride}}: Charles Wallace's certainty in his own intellect and abilities almost causes disasters many times over, [[ContinuityNod just as it did in]] ''[[Literature/AWrinkleInTime]]''.''Literature/AWrinkleInTime''. [[spoiler: Ultimately, he [[CharacterDevelopment accepts that he isn't perfect and doesn't necessarily have all the answers]], just in time to escape a very subtle trap laid by the Ecthroi.]] Gaudior, too, eventually comes to understand and overcome his own disdain for "mortals" bound to time.
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