History Literature / CatherineCalledBirdy

13th Dec '17 1:55:21 PM foxley
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* EskimosArentReal: Birdy's uncle comes back from the Crusades and tells them about all the wonderful things he's seen, like gryphons and unicorns and something called "an elephant, with a tail at each end". Birdy thinks he's making that last one up.
6th Nov '17 8:48:45 AM chloso
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* [[RebelliousPrincess Rebellious]] [[strike:Princess]] [[RebelliousPrincess Lady]]

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* [[RebelliousPrincess Rebellious]] [[strike:Princess]] [[RebelliousPrincess Lady]]Rebellious Lady]]: The titular Catherine.
28th Nov '15 12:21:48 AM OnTheHillside
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* BittersweetEnding: Summed up best in a single line. [[spoiler:"I am, if not free, at least less painfully caged."]]
23rd Sep '15 2:29:12 PM Morgenthaler
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11th Aug '15 8:23:49 PM TheFuzzinator
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*** Her father might be a {{Jerkass}}, but he and her mother do seem to be happily married (though it's notable that her mother is literally the only person he's not a jerkass to).


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* FourthDateMarriage: Catherine's parents got married three days after they met. Surprisingly, it seems to have actually worked out.
8th Aug '14 11:35:47 PM Joyce13
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* {{Bookworm}}: Insofar as she can be. Her brother Edward taught her to read (unusual for women of the time), and when her mother is given a book about the lives of the saints, Catherine bascially steals it.

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* {{Bookworm}}: Insofar as she can be. Her brother Edward taught her to read (unusual for women of the time), and when her mother is given a book about the lives of the saints, Catherine bascially basically steals it.



* InsultToRocks

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* InsultToRocksInsultToRocks: About Shaggy Beard- "The man was a pig, which dishonors pigs."



* SnipeHunt

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* SnipeHuntSnipeHunt: Catherine does this every April Fool's Day, such as asking her nurse Morwenna to help her gather hen's teeth, but none of the people she tries this on fall for it.
2nd Jul '14 3:05:42 PM TheFuzzinator
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* AnimalMotifs: As the title would suggest, birds. In one entry, Catherine compares all the people in her life to various birds (she thinks that she herself is a goose, being "stubborn, plain, and shortsighted".)


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* {{Bookworm}}: Insofar as she can be. Her brother Edward taught her to read (unusual for women of the time), and when her mother is given a book about the lives of the saints, Catherine bascially steals it.


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** Aelis ''pretends'' to be this, but in reality is as snarky and intelligent as Catherine.
6th Jun '14 7:40:01 PM SuzieGuru
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The book is narrated through Catherine's journal entries, spanning about a year. From the beginning, much of the conflict centers on Catherine's family's attempt to find her a suitable husband. This is easier said than done, as Catherine does not wish to marry anyone in particular and frequently goes to great length to drive her suitors away. However, this strategy backfires on her when the one man who is not repulsed by her behavior turns out to be a loud, coarse idiot. Now caught in a terrible engagement, Catherine does all she can to escape, eventually running away from her home to stay with her aunt. In the end, though, Catherine realizes that she is better off simply facing her fate bravely than running all of her life, and she returns home. Much to her pleased surprise, it turns out that her fiancé has died in her absence, and she is now set to marry his son—a man who, though they have never met, seems to be a pleasant and intelligent fellow.

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The book is narrated through Catherine's journal entries, spanning about a year. From the beginning, much of the conflict centers on Catherine's family's attempt to find her a suitable husband. This is easier said than done, as Catherine does not wish to marry anyone in particular and frequently goes to great length to drive her suitors away. However, this strategy backfires on her when the one man who is not repulsed by her behavior turns out to be a loud, coarse idiot. Now caught in a terrible engagement, Catherine does all she can to escape, eventually running away from her home to stay with her aunt. In the end, though, Catherine realizes that she is better off simply facing her fate bravely than running all of her life, and she returns home. Much [[spoiler:Much to her pleased surprise, it turns out that her fiancé has died in her absence, and she is now set to marry his son—a man who, though they have never met, seems to be a pleasant and intelligent fellow.
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18th Apr '13 5:09:22 PM Austin
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: A lot, given the book's setting. AbusiveParents treated as normal, forcible marriages arranged for thirteen-year-old girls, etc. During that time period, it was all perfectly normal and acceptable, but seen from a modern viewpoint it can be kind of horrifying. That's part of the point.
27th Feb '13 3:30:43 PM Xtifr
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''Catherine Called Birdy'' is a young adult novel by Karen Cushman.

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''Catherine ''Catherine, Called Birdy'' is a young adult novel by Karen Cushman.
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