History Literature / AuntDimity

28th Dec '15 3:21:39 AM morenohijazo
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* InvisibleWriting: In ''Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince'', young neighbour Bree Pym shows Lori's young twins how to write invisibly with lemon juice and reveal the messages with the heat of a lightbulb. It's part of her unexpected arsenal of talents for entertaining kids, a bag of tricks that includes juggling, acrobatics, yoga and sleight-of-hand magic.
14th Dec '15 2:00:12 PM Discar
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The Presidents Daughter is no longer a trope.
** ThePresidentsDaughter: This is part of Damian Hunter's [[{{Backstory}} explanation for one of his scars]] in ''Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea''; he and a partner had to rescue a government official's daughter after she slipped away from her security detail for a lark and was taken in a kidnapping attempt.
23rd Oct '15 11:25:58 AM Morgenthaler
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Misuse. It's Genre Savvy, not just "savvy".
* GenreSavvy: Aside from all the LampshadeHanging in the series, there are some specific instances of characters' experiences informing their actions. For example, Lori recounts her friend Emma's excessive optimism in planning her solo hiking trip at the start of ''Aunt Dimity: Snowbound'' ("...you can't miss it."); thus, when she has gotten lost and snowed in and she sets out from the main house to check on the caretaker in his cottage, her fellow hiker Jamie gives directions to the cottage and starts to utter [[TemptingFate the fateful phrase]]: --> "...You can't missó"\\ I clamped a gloved hand over his mouth.\\ "Don't say it," I snapped. "Don't even ''think'' of saying it."\\ "Mmmph," Jamie agreed, nodding earnestly.
9th Sep '15 3:35:55 AM 69BookWorM69
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* EntertaininglyWrong: Many of the plots resolve themselves in this way. Lori was right to suspect someone was in the woods in ''Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter'', but it wasn't a vampire or a pedophile, it was [[spoiler: a neighbour with a sun allergy thinking about a lost love]]. Willis Sr.'s new housekeeper and gardener have a secret, [[spoiler: but they aren't burglars casing the joint, they're caring for an elderly aunt with dementia who grew up in the house]]. The elderly man wasn't robbed of his treasures by his family, [[spoiler: his grandson loaned them to a museum with an inadequate security system]], and he wasn't imprisoned by relatives taking advantage of his illness, [[spoiler: he himself sent word that he couldn't see anyone due to his post-polio syndrome]].
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* EntertaininglyWrong: Many of the plots resolve themselves in this way. Lori was right to suspect someone was in the woods in ''Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter'', but it wasn't a vampire or a pedophile, it was [[spoiler: a neighbour with a sun allergy thinking about a lost love]]. Willis Sr.'s new housekeeper and gardener have a secret, [[spoiler: but they aren't burglars casing the joint, they're caring for an elderly aunt with dementia who grew up in the house]]. The elderly man wasn't robbed of his treasures by his family, [[spoiler: his grandson loaned them to a museum with an inadequate security system]], and he wasn't imprisoned by relatives taking advantage of his illness, [[spoiler: he himself sent word that he couldn't see anyone due to his post-polio syndrome]]. The mysterious neighbour isn't scheming to knock down the value of Finch's houses and buy them on the cheap before putting up some profitable and soulless development, [[spoiler: he and his ancestors have saved Finch from gentrification by owning nearly all of it outright in a trust and screening potential new residents]].
9th Sep '15 3:22:07 AM 69BookWorM69
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* ContaminationSituation: * In ''Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince'', Lady Barbara Booker relates how her childhood friend left his stuffed bear at her house the day before he came down with polio (this was in the 1920s, decades before any vaccine). She innocently tried to visit Mikhail to return the bear, and her father "went spare" and gave her a severe spanking. Although she was kept informed of his progress in recovery, "Basha" and "Misha" did not see one another again until Lori ad Bree's investigation prompted Barbara to pay an unannounced visit to Mikhail's family home.
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* ContaminationSituation: * In ''Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince'', Lady Barbara Booker relates how her childhood friend left his stuffed bear at her house the day before he came down with polio (this was in the 1920s, decades before any vaccine). She innocently tried to visit Mikhail to return the bear, and her father "went spare" and gave her a severe spanking. Although she was kept informed of his progress in recovery, "Basha" and "Misha" did not see one another again until Lori ad Bree's investigation prompted Barbara to pay an unannounced visit to Mikhail's family home.
9th Sep '15 2:54:25 AM 69BookWorM69
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* PlotDetour: * In the novel ''Aunt Dimity and the Summer King'', Lori hears of a previously unmentioned neighbour whose property borders on her father-in-law's. She intends to ask her neighbours about him, since she's lived in the area a decade and never heard him mentioned. Prime oportunities to query the residents of Finch slip past repeatedly, partly because she has her new infant daughter, and partly because she wants to rejoin the social circle (or gossip circle) of Finch (having spent recent months at home with said infant). It is fairly late in the book before she even hears of a well-known and long-standing feud between the residents of Finch and those of a nearby village, a feud which centers around this mysterious neighbour.
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* PlotDetour: * In the novel ''Aunt Dimity and the Summer King'', Lori hears of a previously unmentioned neighbour whose property borders on her father-in-law's. She intends to ask her neighbours about him, since she's lived in the area a decade and never heard him mentioned. Prime oportunities to query the residents of Finch slip past repeatedly, partly because she has her new infant daughter, and partly because she wants to rejoin the social circle (or gossip circle) of Finch (having spent recent months at home with said infant). It is fairly late in the book before she even hears of a well-known and long-standing feud between the residents of Finch and those of a nearby village, a feud which centers around this mysterious neighbour.
9th Sep '15 2:53:41 AM 69BookWorM69
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* PlotDetour: * In the novel ''Aunt Dimity and the Summer King'', Lori hears of a previously unmentioned neighbour whose property borders on her father-in-law's. She intends to ask her neighbours about him, since she's lived in the area a decade and never heard him mentioned. Prime oportunities to query the residents of Finch slip past repeatedly, partly because she has her new infant daughter, and partly because she wants to rejoin the social circle (or gossip circle) of Finch (having spent recent months at home with said infant). It is fairly late in the book before she even hears of a well-known and long-standing feud between the residents of Finch and those of a nearby village, a feud which centers around this mysterious neighbour.
4th Sep '15 3:12:06 AM 69BookWorM69
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* ShiftingVoiceOfMadness: At the climactic Elstyn family meeting in ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday]]'', only Simon, the recipient of the threatening notes, takes a cup of tea offered by the maid. That maid is [[TheReveal revealed ]]to be [[spoiler:Derek's insane former nanny, who targeted Simon in the belief that he was trying to take Derek's inheritance]]. She rambles insanely about Simon: "I tried to warn him, but he wouldn't listen. Won't listen must be made to listen." And follows that with a StageWhisper order to Derek: ''"Make him drink his tea...."'' Once she leaves the room, an Inspector from Scotland Yard is disturbed enough by the behaviour that he asks everyone to avoid touching the teacup, since the police intend to have it analysed. Afterward, there is some speculation among the other characters about whether she will be legally judged insane.

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4th Aug '15 2:14:14 AM 69BookWorM69
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* SelfDeprecation: In ''Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince'', Lori and Dimity are discussing the diverse exhibits at Skeaping Manor when Dimity writes: "You and I are living proof--more or less--that some people prefer the pretty yo the icky."
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* SelfDeprecation: In ''Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince'', Lori and Dimity are discussing the diverse exhibits at Skeaping Manor when Dimity writes: "You and I are living proof--more or less--that some people prefer the pretty yo to the icky."
4th Aug '15 2:11:02 AM 69BookWorM69
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** In ''Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree'', Raiiney Dawson hides in the bushes near Willis Sr.'s house during the housewarming party. When Lori goes outside for a breath of air, Rainey takes her by surprise. Rainey came there to secretly enlist her aid for her grandmother Sally Pyne, whose tall tales have caught up with her.
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** In ''Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree'', Raiiney Rainey Dawson hides in the bushes near Willis Sr.'s house during the housewarming party. When Lori goes outside for a breath of air, Rainey takes her by surprise. Rainey came there to secretly enlist her aid for her grandmother Sally Pyne, whose tall tales have caught up with her.
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