History Literature / EightCousins

1st Jul '14 9:33:31 PM LadyNorbert
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* FeminineWomenCanCook: Played with. Rose notes that she would like to be accomplished, so Uncle Alec arranges for her to start taking lessons in housekeeping from Aunt Plenty, who is delighted with the task. They later increase her responsibilities by having her also take sewing lessons from Aunt Peace. However, this is not presented as being required for Rose to land a husband or anything like that; it's simply seen as being a good idea for Rose to gain useful skills for later in life. (It's noted that Uncle Alec himself is extremely good at sewing.)
1st Jul '14 9:05:29 PM LadyNorbert
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''Eight Cousins'' and its sequel, ''Rose in Bloom'', by Louisa May Alcott, author of the ''LittleWomen'' series, are the Victorian novel equivalent of a ReverseHarem manga. Rose Campbell, the recently orphaned heroine, comes to live with her Uncle Alec, six opinionated aunts, and seven handsome male cousins who flock around her "like bees to their queen".

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''Eight Cousins'' and its sequel, ''Rose in Bloom'', by Louisa May Alcott, author of the ''LittleWomen'' series, Creator/LouisaMayAlcott, are the Victorian novel equivalent of a ReverseHarem manga. Rose Campbell, the recently orphaned heroine, comes to live with her Uncle Alec, six opinionated aunts, and seven handsome male cousins who flock around her "like bees to their queen".



* ExactWords: At the Christmas celebration, during a game of forfeits, Charlie dares Rose to take "old Mac" under the mistletoe and kiss him. She gets around kissing their cousin (whom everyone expects to object) by taking him literally and tugging Mac's father, her ''Uncle'' Mac, under the mistletoe instead.

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* ExactWords: At the Christmas celebration, during a game of forfeits, Charlie dares Rose to take "old Mac" under {{under the mistletoe mistletoe}} and kiss him. She gets around kissing their cousin (whom everyone expects to object) by taking him literally and tugging Mac's father, her ''Uncle'' Mac, under the mistletoe instead.



* MaidenAunt: Peace and Plenty, who are the spinster sisters of the late Grandfather Campbell.



* MyBelovedSmother: Aunt Clara, who is said to have spoiled Charlie's character with too much indulgence; Aunt Myra, whose reliance on dubious patent medicines may have caused the death of her daughter; Aunt Jane, who is [[SternTeacher notoriously strict.]]

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* MyBelovedSmother: This can be said of Aunt Clara, who is said to have spoiled Charlie's character with too much indulgence; Aunt Myra, whose reliance on dubious patent medicines may have caused the death of her daughter; and to a slightly lesser extent, Aunt Jane, who is [[SternTeacher notoriously strict.]]


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* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]: While all of Rose's uncles (or at least, the ones shown) appear to be fairly down-to-earth, of the four aunts-by-marriage, only Aunt Jessie seems to be this.


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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Of the titular eight cousins only Rose is a girl. There ''was'' another female cousin (Caroline, the "sainted" daughter of Aunt Myra), but the narration heavily implies that she died well before the events of the first book.


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* WidowsWeeds: Although it's been the better part of a year since her father's death, Rose is still in formal mourning at the start of the first book.
6th Apr '13 8:39:48 AM SeptimusHeap
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* MeLoveYouLongTime: Fun See and Annabel, genderflipped and {{played for laughs}}.
4th Apr '13 2:34:53 PM LongLiveHumour
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* BonnieScotland: The story is set in New England, like most of Alcott's books, but the Campbells still hold on to their Scottish heritage by singing traditional ballads, playing bagpipes and roleplaying as Highland Warriors. Uncle Alec refers to the cousins at one point as "our bonny Scotch rose, with all her thorns about her."


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* UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}: The story is set in New England, like most of Alcott's books, but the Campbells still hold on to their Scottish heritage by singing traditional ballads, playing bagpipes and roleplaying as Highland Warriors. Uncle Alec refers to the cousins at one point as "our bonny Scotch rose, with all her thorns about her."
9th Jan '13 7:38:19 AM Oreochan
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* TallDarkAndBishoujo: Phebe.
12th Dec '12 10:18:50 AM DoveAlexa
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* LesYay: Rose and Phebe, her maid, "[[HaveAGayOldTime enjoying each other like a pair of lovers]]."
12th Dec '12 10:18:19 AM DoveAlexa
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* HairOfGold: It runs in the family.
12th Aug '12 5:01:42 AM heyhop
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The first book deals with Rose's first year among the family, as Alec puts her through a trial period to test his views on women's health and education (which were quite ahead of their time, by the way). The second book, where 16-year-old Rose returns from a trip to Europe, settles the question of what she will do with her inherited fortune, how to hold on to the good habits Alec has taught her in the shallow world of fashion, and most importantly -- for some readers, at least -- which cousin she will marry.

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The first book deals with Rose's first year among the family, as Alec puts her through a trial period to test his views on women's health and education (which were quite ahead of their time, by the way). The second book, where 16-year-old 20-year-old Rose returns from a trip to Europe, settles the question of what she will do with her inherited fortune, how to hold on to the good habits Alec has taught her in the shallow world of fashion, and most importantly -- for some readers, at least -- which cousin she will marry.
17th Jun '12 6:43:35 AM Orihime
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Subverted. Rose is attracted to the idea of being Charlie's MoralityChain, but her common sense and Uncle Alec both warn her not to commit herself to a man she cannot trust.

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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Subverted. Rose is attracted to the idea of being Charlie's MoralityChain, but her common sense and Uncle Alec both warn her not to commit herself to a man she cannot trust. [[spoiler: Not to mention, Charlie actually dies later.]]



* CampStraight: Steve, who is more obsessed with fashion and cleanliness than Rose.
* TheCaretaker: Plenty to Peace and Myra; Rose to Mac (see {{Eye Scream}}); [[spoiler:Phebe to Alec, helping him through a potentially deadly fever, which wins her Archie's hand in marriage as soon as the family finds out]].
* CinderellaCircumstances: Phebe, Rose's maid, is an orphan from the workhouse whom Uncle Alec later launches into a successful singing career.
* DaddysGirl: Rose was this to her late father, and at the beginning of the first book she's still grieving very painfully for what appears to be his relatively recent loss. Over the course of the ensuing year, she grows to be this for Uncle Alec as well.

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* CampStraight: Steve, who is more obsessed with fashion and cleanliness than Rose. He's also extremely happy and loyal to his girlfriend Kitty.
* TheCaretaker: Plenty to Peace and Myra; Rose to Mac (see {{Eye Scream}}); [[spoiler:Phebe to Alec, helping him through a potentially deadly fever, which wins her the approcal Archie's hand in marriage as soon as the family finds out]].
* CinderellaCircumstances: Phebe, Rose's maid, is an orphan from the workhouse who first becomes Rose's lady-in-waiting of sorts, and then Uncle Alec later launches into a successful singing career.

* TheCaretaker: Plenty to Peace and Myra; Rose to Mac (see {{Eye Scream}}); [[spoiler:Phebe to Alec, helping him through a potentially deadly fever, which wins her Archie's hand in marriage as soon as the family finds out]].
* CinderellaCircumstances: Phebe, Rose's maid, is an orphan from the workhouse whom Uncle Alec later launches into a successful singing career.
* DaddysGirl: Rose was this to her late father, George, and at the beginning of the first book she's still grieving very painfully for what appears to be his relatively recent loss. Over the course of the ensuing year, she grows to be this for Uncle Alec as well.



** Aunt Clara is an older version, and at some point Uncle Alec isn't exactly kind about his thoughts on her flighty behavior



** TheSmartGuy: Mac ("Bookworm" or "Worm")

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** TheSmartGuy: Mackenzie aka Mac ("Bookworm" or "Worm")



* HerHeartWillGoOn: Aunt Peace's fiance died just hours before their wedding; she almost died herself from the shock, but managed to survive, although she never got over it. Gender-flipped for Uncle Alec, who is heavily implied to have been in love with Rose's dead mother. (It may be noted that of all the Campbell brothers, he alone never married.)

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* HerHeartWillGoOn: HerHeartWillGoOn - TheMourningAfter: Aunt Peace's fiance died just hours before their wedding; she almost died herself from the shock, but managed to survive, although she never got over it. Gender-flipped for Uncle Alec, who is heavily implied to have been in love with Rose's dead mother. (It may be noted that of all the Campbell brothers, he alone never married.)



* KissingCousins: The only guys that Rose would even ''consider'' marrying are all her cousins. The biggest options are Archie, Charlie, and Mac. [[spoiler: Archie is in a StarCrossedLovers deal with Phebe but they get better, Charlie dies in an accident, and she ends up with Mac.]]



* MeLoveYouLongTime: Fun See and Annabel, {{played for laughs}}.

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* MeLoveYouLongTime: Fun See and Annabel, genderflipped and {{played for laughs}}.laughs}}.



* MyBelovedSmother: Aunt Clara, who is said to have spoiled Charlie's character with too much indulgence; Aunt Myra, whose reliance on dubious patent medicines may have caused the death of her daughter; Aunt Jane, who is notoriously strict.

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* MyBelovedSmother: Aunt Clara, who is said to have spoiled Charlie's character with too much indulgence; Aunt Myra, whose reliance on dubious patent medicines may have caused the death of her daughter; Aunt Jane, who is [[SternTeacher notoriously strict.]]



** Also Fun Lee; Mac uses the trope almost word by word when he tells Rose that he and Annabel are engaged.



* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Rose emphatically refuses to marry a man she cannot respect morally.

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* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Rose emphatically refuses to marry a man she cannot respect morally.
* [[spoiler: StarCrossedLovers: Archie and Phebe, due to the aunts wanting him to marry Rose ''and'' [[UptownGirl the social differences]]. Unusually for the trope, they get better.]]
22nd Jan '12 12:30:35 PM LouieW
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* CakeEater: Jamie (at 12) proposes to Rose (at 19). She laughs it off.


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* LikesOlderWomen: Jamie (at 12) proposes to Rose (at 19). She laughs it off.
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