History Literature / EightCousins

14th Mar '17 12:43:24 AM DuneAgain
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* FairForItsDay: Many of the ideas presented in the books (such as being active and healthy and respecting women) are very progressive for the era they were presented.


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* MalignedMixedMarriage: Notably averted, as no one bats an eye at Annabell marrying Fun See.
14th Mar '17 12:34:40 AM DuneAgain
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''Eight Cousins'' and its sequel, ''Rose in Bloom'', by 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".

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''Eight Cousins'' and its sequel, ''Rose in Bloom'', by 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".
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* 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.

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* 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 her into a successful singing career.



* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler:Charlie]] dies in a riding accident; subverted as [[spoiler:Rose and Mac]], the other sides of the "triangle", don't even like each other that way until years later.

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* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler:Charlie]] dies in a riding accident; subverted as [[spoiler:Rose and Mac]], the other sides of the "triangle", "triangle," don't even like each other that way until a few years later.



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

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