History Literature / CastleInTheAir

26th Jul '16 9:46:48 PM Chericola
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%%* VillainHasAPoint

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%%* VillainHasAPoint* VillainHasAPoint: [[spoiler: When Howl confronts Hasruel about Hasruel trapping him in a genie bottle, Hasruel admits that he only did it because Howl had been complicit in Ingary unfairly using magic to defeat Strangia during the war. Otherwise, if Howl had been innocent, he would have been banished to the island that Dalzel ends up being banished to. Even Howl realises that he ''could'' have convinced the King of Ingary not to use magic against the Strangians, and accepts that he was not entirely blameless in that matter.]]
26th Jul '16 9:39:36 PM Chericola
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%%* AccidentalKidnapping

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%%* AccidentalKidnapping* AccidentalKidnapping: Near the end of the novel, the djinn Hasruel abducts Princess Valeria. The soldier, wanting to get a reward, orders the genie to take him after the djinn and place Whippersnapper, who had reverted back into his true baby form, with someone who could look after him. The genie, being the JackassGenie that he is, brings the baby to the castle in the air with them. When [[MamaBear Sophie]] discovers that her baby's been taken to the djinn's hideout, she is furious and accuses the soldier of abducting him.



%%* AdultFear

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%%* AdultFear* ActuallyIAmHim: The soldier says this almost word-for-word to Princess Beatrice at the end of the novel, when he reveals his true identity.
* AdultFear: On par for a DWJ novel.



%%* BelligerentSexualTension
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes

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%%* BelligerentSexualTension
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BelligerentSexualTension: Between Flower and Abdullah in the castle in the air.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: As Midnight, Sophie seemed relatively sweet to the soldier. However, as a human mother who thinks that said soldier has purposefully abducted her child, she is not so nice.



%%* CatsAreMagic

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%%* CatsAreMagic* CatsAreMagic: Midnight the cat appears to have some magic abilities, as she can become as large as a panther when she is annoyed. Because of this, Abdullah theorises that both Midnight and Whippersnapper must belong to a witch of some sort.



%%* DisproportionateRetribution

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%%* DisproportionateRetribution* DisproportionateRetribution: A lot of the genie's spells are this.



%%* GuileHero

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%%* GuileHero* GuileHero: The first thing Abdullah tries to do when confronted with the robbers in the desert is convince them that he is a powerful magician who is wearing chains that prevent him from using his magic. He says this in an attempt to trick the robbers into taking his chains off him.



%%* NoSympathy

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%%* NoSympathy* NoSympathy: The genie shows no sympathy towards Abdullah's plight, and is always very difficult when being asked for a wish. He doesn't show any sympathy at all either when the soldier wishes for salmon and milk for Midnight and Whippersnapper who he claims are starving.



%%* YouCantFightFate

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%%* YouCantFightFateVillainHasAPoint
* YouCantFightFate: Toyed with. Abdullah convinces the genie to fetch milk and salmon for the cats and prevents him from turning Abdullah permanently into a toad by reminding the genie of the prophecy about him. The genie then rather moodily accepts that he can't go against the prophecy.
26th Jul '16 1:39:27 AM PaulA
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Several things point toward [[spoiler:Howl being the genie]]:
** [[spoiler:Both Howl and the genie are able to summon a wind to speed themselves and their companions to their destination quickly.]]
** [[spoiler:Both of them are cowards at heart.]]
** [[spoiler:When Abdullah is arguing with the genie about whether a wish asked for but not granted equals 'one wish per day', the genie says, 'The young man is a coffee-shop lawyer!' Coffee shops were frequent in Britain in the 20th century.]]
** [[spoiler:When Abdullah is telling the genie of his intention to challenge fate, Abdullah notices that the genie's eyes look almost human.]]
26th Jul '16 1:33:19 AM PaulA
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%%* AccidentalKidnapping
* AchillesHeel: All djinns have a life which they must keep hidden for their own protection. If anyone destroys the life, the djinn is killed.



%%* AdultFear
* AffablyEvil: Hasruel. He's not truly evil, but has been forced into the role after his brother stole his life and made him his slave.



%%* BelligerentSexualTension
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes



* BewitchedAmphibians: The genie threatens to turn anyone who annoys him into toads. [[spoiler:At one point in the story he actually does turn Abdullah and the soldier into toads, but only for a limited amount of time.]] He also turns the first people to open his bottle into toads, though Abdullah makes him reverse the spell during his attempt to challenge fate.



%%* CatsAreMagic



* CoolCat: Midnight.



%%* DisproportionateRetribution



* FireForgedFriends: Abdullah and the Soldier.
* FirstGirlWins: Flower-in-the-Night is the first girl Abdullah encounters in the story. He falls in love with her instantly and marries her by the end of the story.



* GenieInABottle

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* GenieInABottleGenieInABottle: Abdullah acquires a genie in a bottle, who is forced to grant him a wish a day.
%%* GuileHero


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* ItsAllAboutMe: Dalzel.


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* KindHeartedCatLover: The Soldier turns out to be this. Much to Abdullah's disgust, he insists on keeping the two strays they find in the mountains and even names them 'Midnight' and 'Whippersnapper'.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Abdullah falls for Flower-in-the-Night the moment he first meets her. Only days after first meeting he's already planning to elope with her.
* MadeASlave: Hasruel was forced to slave away for his brother after his brother stole his life.


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* MakeAWish: The genie is forced to grant anyone who asks a wish.


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%%* NoSympathy


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* PregnantBadass: Lettie Suliman.


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* TheQuest: The princess Abdullah wants to elope with is suddenly abducted by a djinn. Abdullah resolves to rescue her.


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* SoulJar: [[spoiler:The ring in Hasruel's nose is this for Hasruel's life.]]


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%%* YouCantFightFate
25th Nov '14 5:22:45 PM PaulA
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* CoolOldLady: the Princess of Tsapfan, a magic-user and mother to fourteen boys.
* CutenessProximity: the Strangian soldier goes completely gooey over the cats. Abdullah, on the other hand, is firmly convinced that CatsAreMean.

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* CoolOldLady: the The Princess of Tsapfan, a magic-user and mother to fourteen boys.
* CutenessProximity: the The Strangian soldier goes completely gooey over the cats. Abdullah, on the other hand, is firmly convinced that CatsAreMean.



* [[spoiler: HaremSeeker]]: [[spoiler:Dalzel. He settles for ''all'' of the highborn ladies in the world because no female djinn will have him.]]

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* [[spoiler: HaremSeeker]]: HaremSeeker: [[spoiler:Dalzel. He settles for ''all'' of the highborn ladies in the world because no female djinn will have him.]]



* MuggingTheMonster: the Strangian soldier finances his tour of Ingary by flashing a few gold coins in a village and waiting until the local toughs attack him.

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* MuggingTheMonster: the The Strangian soldier finances his tour of Ingary by flashing a few gold coins in a village and waiting until the local toughs attack him.
24th Nov '14 9:05:27 PM Angeldeb82
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* DistressedDamsel: Subverted. While the kidnapped princesses are being held captive, they do make several escape plans.

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* DistressedDamsel: DamselInDistress: Subverted. While the kidnapped princesses are being held captive, they do make several escape plans.
8th May '14 1:54:18 PM kayliebooks
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* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: The final plan to defeat the djinns.
16th Jul '13 3:28:38 PM sagar
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* AchillesInHisTent: Prince Justin is apparently in the habit of doing this.



* BigBrotherInstinct: [[spoiler: Hasruel to Dalzel.]]



* CoolOldLady: the Princess of Tsapfan, a magic-user and mother to fourteen boys.
* CutenessProximity: the Strangian soldier goes completely gooey over the cats. Abdullah, on the other hand, is firmly convinced that CatsAreMean.
* CuteKitten: Whippersnapper.



* ForcedIntoEvil: Hasruel.. but he's thoroughly enjoying it.

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* ForcedIntoEvil: Hasruel.. Hasruel...but he's thoroughly enjoying it.



* HiddenInPlainSight: [[spoiler: Hasruel's life is ''under his nose.'']]



* KidWithTheLeash: [[spoiler: Dalzel to Hasruel.]]



* MuggingTheMonster: the Strangian soldier finances his tour of Ingary by flashing a few gold coins in a village and waiting until the local toughs attack him.



* TextileWorkIsFeminine: Among her other virtues, Beatrice can darn socks.

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* TextileWorkIsFeminine: Among her other virtues, Beatrice can darn socks. And mend boots.
10th Jul '13 9:29:56 PM PaulA
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* ArtisticLicense: Zanzib, being based on Arabia, has bit of this, from angels serving jinn to Zanzib people hating cats.
9th Jul '13 4:40:45 AM KariGray
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* ArtisticLicense: Zanzib, being based on Arabia, has bit of this, from angels serving jinn to Zanzib people hating cats.
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