History Literature / AuntDimity

9th Jul '17 3:57:12 AM Doug86
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* RedOctober: As related in ''Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince'', Mikhail Markov's parents fled Soviet Russia in the wake of the Bolshevik takeover because his father was a silversmith who crafted art objects for the upper classes. Mikhail himself was born five months after the couple's eventual arrival in England.

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* RedOctober: UsefulNotes/RedOctober: As related in ''Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince'', Mikhail Markov's parents fled Soviet Russia in the wake of the Bolshevik takeover because his father was a silversmith who crafted art objects for the upper classes. Mikhail himself was born five months after the couple's eventual arrival in England.



* WarRefugees: In ''Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince'', Gracie Thames' husband Tony is a descendant of a Russian Jew who fled the Nazi invasion during WWII and settled in Britain. Tony's father changed the family name so British customers would buy their line of frozen fish. Also, Mikhail's parents fled Russia [[RedOctober when the Bolsheviks came to power]], settling in Britain five months before Mikhail was born.

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* WarRefugees: In ''Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince'', Gracie Thames' husband Tony is a descendant of a Russian Jew who fled the Nazi invasion during WWII and settled in Britain. Tony's father changed the family name so British customers would buy their line of frozen fish. Also, Mikhail's parents fled Russia [[RedOctober [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober when the Bolsheviks came to power]], settling in Britain five months before Mikhail was born.
4th Feb '17 1:51:53 PM nombretomado
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* ButIDigress: [[spoiler: The ghost of]] Cyril Pennyfeather does this in his conversation with Lori and Dimity in ''[[AuntDimity Aunt Dimity Goes West]]''. Cyril is explaining how he calmed Lori and Dimity while going unnoticed by either of them:

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* ButIDigress: [[spoiler: The ghost of]] Cyril Pennyfeather does this in his conversation with Lori and Dimity in ''[[AuntDimity Aunt ''Aunt Dimity Goes West]]''.West''. Cyril is explaining how he calmed Lori and Dimity while going unnoticed by either of them:



* DoItYourselfPlumbingProject: Averted twice in ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince]]'':

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* DoItYourselfPlumbingProject: Averted twice in ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt ''Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince]]'':Prince'':



** In ''AuntDimity Takes a Holiday'', when Lori finds the [[spoiler: children's]] books used to make the [[CutAndPasteNote anonymous notes]] sent to Simon, she finds [[spoiler:one of Nell's long blond hairs between the pages of one of them]]. It's later revealed that Nell had been in the supposedly long-unused [[spoiler:nursery]]. In the same book, Lori seizes on the mention of the suspect's organ playing hobby to accuse a red-haired maid (who behaved in an unprofessional fashion by sitting down and playing the piano she was supposed to be dusting) of being the [[spoiler: former nanny]] in disguise; the real culprit is a different staff member.

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** In ''AuntDimity ''Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday'', when Lori finds the [[spoiler: children's]] books used to make the [[CutAndPasteNote anonymous notes]] sent to Simon, she finds [[spoiler:one of Nell's long blond hairs between the pages of one of them]]. It's later revealed that Nell had been in the supposedly long-unused [[spoiler:nursery]]. In the same book, Lori seizes on the mention of the suspect's organ playing hobby to accuse a red-haired maid (who behaved in an unprofessional fashion by sitting down and playing the piano she was supposed to be dusting) of being the [[spoiler: former nanny]] in disguise; the real culprit is a different staff member.



* 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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* ShiftingVoiceOfMadness: At the climactic Elstyn family meeting in ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt ''Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday]]'', 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.
26th Jun '16 8:17:07 PM 69BookWorM69
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* SpeakInUnison: Late in ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure]]'', the residents of Finch are viewing a display cabinet in the village hall. Peggy Taxman had been persuaded to donate an antique cabinet to house the items the villagers found with Mr. Hobson's metal detector, but in the end that cabinet was literally falling apart. The vicar's wife says, "I never thought I'd say it, but thank God for woodworm," and extols the modern virtues of the newly-purchased replacement. In response, Bill and Lori chorus, "Thank God for woodworm."

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* SpeakInUnison: Late in ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt ''Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure]]'', Treasure'', the residents of Finch are viewing a display cabinet in the village hall. Peggy Taxman had been persuaded to donate an antique cabinet to house the items the villagers found with Mr. Hobson's metal detector, but in the end that cabinet was literally falling apart. The vicar's wife says, "I never thought I'd say it, but thank God for woodworm," and extols the modern virtues of the newly-purchased replacement. In response, Bill and Lori chorus, "Thank God for woodworm."
26th Jun '16 8:16:06 PM 69BookWorM69
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* SpeakInUnison: Late in ''[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure]]'', the residents of Finch are viewing a display cabinet in the village hall. Peggy Taxman had been persuaded to donate an antique cabinet to house the items the villagers found with Mr. Hobson's metal detector, but in the end that cabinet was literally falling apart. The vicar's wife says, "I never thought I'd say it, but thank God for woodworm," and extols the modern virtues of the newly-purchased replacement. In response, Bill and Lori chorus, "Thank God for woodworm."

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* SpeakInUnison: Late in ''[Literature/AuntDimity ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure]]'', the residents of Finch are viewing a display cabinet in the village hall. Peggy Taxman had been persuaded to donate an antique cabinet to house the items the villagers found with Mr. Hobson's metal detector, but in the end that cabinet was literally falling apart. The vicar's wife says, "I never thought I'd say it, but thank God for woodworm," and extols the modern virtues of the newly-purchased replacement. In response, Bill and Lori chorus, "Thank God for woodworm."
26th Jun '16 5:23:28 PM 69BookWorM69
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* JustFriends: In ''Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure'', Lori finds a gold and garnet bracelet in the attic of her cottage and goes to the blue journal to ask Dimity about it. Dimity eventually reveals it was a gift from a young man who befriended her just after World War II, and that he gave it to her and declared his love for her after [[GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals she had given him a stuffed badger]]. Dimity was taken by surprise (thinking they were only this trope), plus she was mourning her fiancé and couldn't return his feelings; she says, "I could do nothing but gape at him like an addled goldfish." He left the cafe abruptly, and though she searched for him in an attempt to explain, she lived out her life without finding him and asks Lori to do so.
26th Jun '16 4:53:56 PM 69BookWorM69
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* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Oh yes they do, and in this universe, Dimity is responsible for many of them. A partial list:

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* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Oh yes they do, and in it's not just girls. In this universe, Dimity is responsible for many of them. A partial list:



** It's not just girls. Elderly retired attorney Thomas Willis (Gerald's father) enjoys the company of a well-worn giraffe named Geraldine in ''Aunt Dimity's Good Deed'', and Kit Smith has a stuffed horse named Lancaster after the real horse he had to give up when his family moved to London from the country. Like Lori herself, both received their companions as gifts from Dimity. Rob and Will get a series of themed stuffed animals (matching, of course): baby seal pups from Peter Harris and his girlfriend Cassie, buffalo in Colorado, dragons from King Wilfrid's Faire, kiwis from Lori's trip to New Zealand, bats from Charlotte [=DuCaral=]. [[spoiler: The Donovans' Aunt Augusta]] anonymously bestows her stuffed lamb (yet another gift from Dimity) on Willis Sr., who names him Frederick after the author of ''Notes on Sheep'', a copy of which was found among the items hidden in the stables. In "Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince'', Lady Barbara personally returns Mikhail's Cossack-shirted teddy bear to him.

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** It's not just girls. Elderly retired attorney Thomas Willis (Gerald's father) enjoys the company of a well-worn giraffe named Geraldine in ''Aunt Dimity's Good Deed'', and Kit Smith has a stuffed horse named Lancaster after the real horse he had to give up when his family moved to London from the country. Like Lori herself, both received their companions as gifts from Dimity.
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Rob and Will get a series of themed stuffed animals (matching, of course): baby seal pups from Peter Harris and his girlfriend Cassie, buffalo in Colorado, dragons from King Wilfrid's Faire, kiwis from Lori's trip to New Zealand, bats from Charlotte [=DuCaral=]. [[spoiler: The Donovans' Aunt Augusta]] anonymously bestows her stuffed lamb (yet another gift from Dimity) on Willis Sr., who names him Frederick after the author of ''Notes on Sheep'', a copy of which was found among the items hidden in the stables.
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In "Aunt ''Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince'', Lady Barbara personally returns Mikhail's Cossack-shirted teddy bear to him.him.
** In ''Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure'', when Lori finally meets the man Dimity knew only as "Badger", she sees on his desk the stuffed badger Dimity once gave him "as a silly gift, a small token of my gratitude for the many wonderful hours we'd spent together."
26th Jun '16 4:35:46 PM 69BookWorM69
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* SpeakInUnison: Late in ''[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure]]'', the residents of Finch are viewing a display cabinet in the village hall. Peggy Taxman had been persuaded to donate an antique cabinet to house the items the villagers found with Mr. Hobson's metal detector, but in the end that cabinet was literally falling apart. The vicar's wife says, "I never thought I'd say it, but thank God for woodworm," and extols the modern virtues of the newly-purchased replacement. In response, Bill and Lori chorus, "Thank God for woodworm."
26th Jun '16 4:14:14 PM 69BookWorM69
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# ''Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure'' (2016). Lori finds a gold and garnet bracelet in the attic of her cottage, and Dimity asks Lori to find the suitor who gave it to her decades ago. Meanwhile, newcomers to Finch include an enthusiastic metal detectorist from whom the villagers catch the metal-detecting bug. They find rubbish, some embarrassing truths, and a piece of sad local history. Featured Recipe: Eggless Fruit Cake.








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** Early in ''Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure'', Lori is in her dusty attic to retrieve a blender for new neighbours from among the many duplicate wedding gifts she and Bill have stored there when she sneezes, and the jerk of her hands topples the boxed small appliances "knocking me onto my bottom but doing no real harm until a plummeting juicer struck the flashlight and sent it spinning around the old trunk and into the dark corner."
10th Jun '16 5:32:33 PM jormis29
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* MistakenForAliens: Christine Peacock sees mysterious lights in a field near the vicarage in ''Aunt Dimity Digs In'', and she's convinced she saw aliens land there. She's even more convinced when a circle of trampled-down grass is found on the spot the next morning. In fact, [[spoiler: Sally Pyne and one of the archaeology students were exercising there at night, mostly because Sally was embarrassed to be seen exercising]].

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* MistakenForAliens: Christine Peacock sees mysterious lights in a field near the vicarage in ''Aunt Dimity Digs In'', and she's convinced she saw aliens land there. She's even more convinced when a [[CropCircles circle of trampled-down grass grass]] is found on the spot the next morning. In fact, [[spoiler: Sally Pyne and one of the archaeology students were exercising there at night, mostly because Sally was embarrassed to be seen exercising]].
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