History Literature / ElsieDinsmore

24th May '16 10:45:36 AM Sapphirea2
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This series (28 books in all) was written in the 1800ís by Martha Finley. Targeted specifically at young girls, the books aimed to teach them how to be more Christlike. The Elsie series sold more books than every other children's series, only surpassed by Louisa May Alcott. However, the series was generally ignored by critics because of it's focus on a Christian life. Because they were written so long ago, there are many UnfortunateImplications. Many of these comes from ValuesDissonance.

However, this book is fairly popular among Christians. A new series has been released by Mission City Press, re-titled ''A Life of Faith''. In the new series, the racism and some of the parental abuse has been toned down. Along with the new Elsie series, other series have been released, one focusing on Elsie's cousin Millie and another focusing on Elsie's daughter Violet.

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This series (28 books in all) was written in the 1800ís by Martha Finley. Finley and published from 1867-1905. Targeted specifically at young girls, the these SliceOfLife books aimed to teach them how to be more Christlike. Christlike by way of the adventures of the title character, a young girl born into a secular family who takes up Christianity. The Elsie series sold more books than every other first eight novels chronicle her maturation from a little girl to a widowed grandmother; further adventures of her and her descendants make up the remainder of the series. Wildly popular in its time, only Louisa May Alcott's work outsold these novels in the field of children's series, only surpassed by Louisa May Alcott. However, literature, and the series was generally ignored by critics because of it's focus on a Christian life. Because they were written so long ago, there are many UnfortunateImplications. Many of these comes from ValuesDissonance.

However, this book is fairly
remains popular among Christians. A new series has been released Christian audiences today, if obscure to the general public.

Due to ValuesDissonance and the resultant UnfortunateImplications found in these novels
by modern audiences, at the TurnOfTheMillennium Mission City Press, re-titled Press published an adaptation of the series, ''A Life of Faith''. In the new series, Faith -- Elsie Dinsmore'', that toned down the racism and some of the parental abuse has been toned down. Along with featured in the new Elsie series, other original texts. This ran for eight books and was succeeded by two additional eight-book series have been released, under the ''Life of Faith'' banner: ''Violet Travilla'', which focused on one focusing on of Elsie's cousin Millie daughters featured in the later novels, and ''Millie Keith'', an updated adaptation of another focusing on Elsie's daughter Violet.
Finley-penned series.
12th Jul '14 4:14:19 PM CaptEquinox
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However, this book is fairly popular amoung Christians. A new series has been released by Mission City Press, re-titled ''A Life of Faith''. In the new series, the racism and some of the parental abuse has been toned down. Along with the new Elsie series, other series have been released, one focusing on Elsie's cousin Millie and another focusing on Elsie's daughter Violet.

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However, this book is fairly popular amoung among Christians. A new series has been released by Mission City Press, re-titled ''A Life of Faith''. In the new series, the racism and some of the parental abuse has been toned down. Along with the new Elsie series, other series have been released, one focusing on Elsie's cousin Millie and another focusing on Elsie's daughter Violet.


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* MustHaveCaffeine: Elsie, and all the other children, get one cup of coffee with breakfast. This was routine back then. When her dad returns, he won't let her have any. He also forbids hot rolls, toast and meat, but Elsie finds it hardest to give up her coffee.
22nd Jun '14 11:20:14 AM RoseAndHeather
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* HappinessInSlavery: Aunt Chole, the slaves at Ion, Edward Travilla's plantation. Any slave that disagrees is rebuked.

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* HappinessInSlavery: Aunt Chole, Chloe, the slaves at Ion, Edward Travilla's plantation. Any slave that disagrees is rebuked.



* {{Mammy}}: Aunt Chole

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* {{Mammy}}: Aunt CholeChloe



* OldRetainer: Aunt Chole, the mammy to first Elsie's mother, then Elsie herself, and finally Elsie's children.

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* OldRetainer: Aunt Chole, Chloe, the mammy to first Elsie's mother, then Elsie herself, and finally Elsie's children.



* TellMeAboutMyFather: Elsie asks this to Aunt Chole when she learns that her father is returning from Europe. Later on, she asks her father about her mother.

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* TellMeAboutMyFather: Elsie asks this to Aunt Chole Chloe when she learns that her father is returning from Europe. Later on, she asks her father about her mother.
21st Jan '14 7:52:13 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* HeartwarmingOrphan: Elsie.



* HeartwarmingOrphan: Elsie.



* MayDecemberRomance: Many, as these were desirable in the 19th century. The most prominant is [[spoiler: Edward Travilla and Elsie Dinsmore]].

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* MayDecemberRomance: Many, as these were desirable in the 19th century. The most prominant prominent is [[spoiler: Edward Travilla and Elsie Dinsmore]].



* SpoiledBrat: An argument could be made for all of Horace Sr.'s and the second Mrs. Dinsmore's children, but Enna and Arthur stand out.


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* SpoiledBrat: An argument could be made for all of Horace Sr.'s and the second Mrs. Dinsmore's children, but Enna and Arthur stand out.
3rd Apr '13 3:24:15 AM Xtifr
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This series (28 books in all) was written in the 1800ís by Martha Finley. Targeted specifically at young girls, the books aimed to teach them how to be more Christlike. The Elsie series sold more books than every other children's series, only surpassed by Louisa May Alcott. However, the series was generally ignored by critics because of it's focus on a Christian life. Because they were written so long ago, there are many UnfortunateImplications. Many of these comes from ValuesDissonance.

However, this book is fairly popular amoung Christians. A new series has been released by Mission City Press, re-titled ''A Life of Faith''. In the new series, the racism and some of the parental abuse has been toned down. Along with the new Elsie series, other series have been released, one focusing on Elsie's cousin Millie and another focusing on Elsie's daughter Violet.

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!! These books provide examples of:
* BigFancyHouse: Nearly every house mentioned in the books, as they are all plantations. The main ones are Roselands, The Oaks, Ion, and Viamede.
* BoardingSchool: Horace Jr. threatens to send Elsie to one if she does not behave like he wants her to.
* CoolOldLady: Wealthy Stanhope, Horace Jr's aunt.
* DancesAndBalls
* DeadGuyJunior: Elsie herself and later [[spoiler:Violet named after her grandmother, Violet Travilla]].
* DeathByChildbirth: Elsie's mother
* {{Elopement}}: Elsie Grayson and Horace Jr. elope, much to displeasure of their parents. They are later forced to separate.
* FunetikAksent: How all slaves speak in the original novels. Due to the UnfortunateImplications and ValuesDissonance, ''A Life of Faith'' changes this speak into normal English.
* GoldDigger: Enna Dinsmore and Tom Jackson.
* HappilyMarried: Nearly every couple in the books, with the exception of Enna.
* HappinessInSlavery: Aunt Chole, the slaves at Ion, Edward Travilla's plantation. Any slave that disagrees is rebuked.
* HenpeckedHusband: Horace Sr.
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Elsie.
* HonoraryUncle: Edward Travilla is one to Elsie. Rose Allison is a female version.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Mrs. Violet Travilla and Elsie.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Arthur Dinsmore. He frequently teases and harasses Elsie, but also volunteers to help Elsie and even stands up for her on occasion.
* LonelyRichKid: Elsie in the first book.
* {{Mammy}}: Aunt Chole
* TheMatchmaker: Wealthy Stanhope
* MayDecemberRomance: Many, as these were desirable in the 19th century. The most prominant is [[spoiler: Edward Travilla and Elsie Dinsmore]].
* NamesTheSame: There are multiple Roses as well as Horace Sr, Horace Jr, and [[spoiler:Horace the Third, Horace Jr's and Rose Allison's son]]. Later on, there are multiple Elsies.
* OldRetainer: Aunt Chole, the mammy to first Elsie's mother, then Elsie herself, and finally Elsie's children.
* ParentalAbandonment: Elsie's father Horace leaves her with her grandparents when she is young, while he travels Europe. He later returns. Elsie's mother is dead.
* ParentalMarriageVeto: Horace Jr. gives one to Elsie and Bromly Edgerton because [[spoiler: Bromly Edgerton is really Tom Jackson]].
* ParentalNeglect- When he returns, Horace to Elsie. Elsie's grandfather as well.
* ParentalSubstitute: Rose Allison as well.
* RaisedByGrandparents: Elsie is raised by her grandparents until her father returns.
* SadistTeacher: Miss Day, the governess.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: [[spoiler: Edward Travilla when he meets up with the Dinsmore's in ''Elsie's True Love'']].
* SpoiledBrat: An argument could be made for all of Horace Sr.'s and the second Mrs. Dinsmore's children, but Enna and Arthur stand out.
* SouthernBelle: Both types are presented.
** Bonne Belle: Elsie and Adelaide Dinsmore
** Mauvaise Belle: Enna Dinsmore
* SouthernGentlemen: All Dinsmore men, with the exception of Arthur. Edward Travilla as well.
* TellMeAboutMyFather: Elsie asks this to Aunt Chole when she learns that her father is returning from Europe. Later on, she asks her father about her mother.
* WickedStepmother: Elsie's step-grandmother.
* WifeHusbandry: [[spoiler:Elsie marries Edward Travilla, who was one of her father's best friends, and her honorary uncle]].
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