History Literature / FireAndHemlock

25th Apr '16 8:58:47 AM Greenygal
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While staying at her grandmother's, Polly Whittaker wandered onto the grounds of an old neighbouring mansion, Hunsdon House, and met a man called Thomas Lynn, with whom she struck up a peculiar friendship. Together they created stories in which their alter egos were heros - but soon things from their imaginary world became real (though not always as expected), and Tom's mysterious relatives persistently badgered Polly to stay away from him.

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While staying at her grandmother's, Polly Whittaker wandered onto the grounds of an old neighbouring mansion, Hunsdon House, and met a man called Thomas Lynn, with whom she struck up a peculiar friendship. Together they created stories in which their alter egos were heros heroes - but soon things from their imaginary world became real (though not always as expected), and Tom's mysterious relatives persistently badgered Polly to stay away from him.



** Both Tom and Leslie teenagers when the (actually ancient but physically twenty - thirty looking) Laurel took an interest in them. Justified, in that she has to ensnare men and use them to prolong her husband's life, and presumably it's easier to get them under her thumb if she starts young.

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** Both Tom and Leslie were teenagers when the (actually ancient but physically twenty - thirty looking) Laurel took an interest in them. Justified, in that she has to ensnare men and use them to prolong her husband's life, and presumably it's easier to get them under her thumb if she starts young.



* ParentalAbandonment: Polly. ''Twice''. Her mother sends her to live with her father, under the belief Polly is the reason for all her failed relationships. Her father's too cowardly to tell his girlfriend Polly's staying with them indefinitely, so he pretends it's only a short visit and then has her leave, with no way to get back home. Lucky for Polly her grandmother steps in.

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* ParentalAbandonment: Polly. ''Twice''. Her mother sends her to live with her father, under the belief Polly is the reason for all her failed relationships. Her father's too cowardly to tell his girlfriend Polly's staying with them indefinitely, so he pretends it's only a short visit and then has her leave, with no way to get back home. Lucky for Polly [[RaisedByGrandparents her grandmother steps in.in]].
13th Dec '14 9:15:34 AM Jayalaw
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* PurpleProse: An in-story example - Polly writes like this until Tom gives her some rather odd tips.

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* PurpleProse: An in-story example - Polly writes like this until Tom gives her some rather odd tips.tips to cure her "sentimental drivel".


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** The whole story is based on the ballad of Tam Lin.


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* ThisIsReality: Part of Tom's criticism of Polly writing PurpleProse. Namely, he takes her to task of writing of a handsome man's back "rippling" and explains why the prose is sentimental drivel.
19th Nov '13 5:17:08 PM PaulA
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While staying at her grandmother's, Polly Whittaker wanders onto the grounds of an old neighbouring mansion, Hunsdon House, and meets a man called Thomas Lynn, with whom she strikes up a peculiar friendship. Together they create stories in which their alter egos are heros - but soon things from their imaginary world become real (though not always as expected), and Tom's mysteriously relatives persistently badger Polly to stay away from him.

Now ninteen and preparing to leave for univeristy, Polly has no memories of Tom or anything to do with him. But when she realizes so many bits of her life don't make sense, she slowly unconcovers her hidden memories and becomes determined to find out what happened to her friend.

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While staying at her grandmother's, Polly Whittaker wanders wandered onto the grounds of an old neighbouring mansion, Hunsdon House, and meets met a man called Thomas Lynn, with whom she strikes struck up a peculiar friendship. Together they create created stories in which their alter egos are were heros - but soon things from their imaginary world become became real (though not always as expected), and Tom's mysteriously mysterious relatives persistently badger badgered Polly to stay away from him.

Now ninteen nineteen and preparing to leave for univeristy, university, Polly has no memories of Tom or anything to do with him. But when she realizes so many bits of her life don't make sense, she slowly unconcovers uncovers her hidden memories and becomes determined to find out what happened to her friend.
19th Nov '13 4:24:32 PM reillymouse
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While staying at her grandmother's, Polly Whittaker wanders onto the grounds of an old neighbouring mansion, Hunsdon House, and meets a man called Thomas Lynn, with whom she strikes up a peculiar friendship. Together they create stories in which their alter egos are heros - but soon things from their imaginary world become real (though not always as expected), and Tom's mysteriously relatives persistently badger Polly to stay away from him.

Now ninteen and preparing to leave for univeristy, Polly has no memories of Tom or anything to do with him. But when she realizes so many bits of her life don't make sense, she slowly unconcovers her hidden memories and becomes determined to find out what happened to her friend.



** Tom and Polly. They meet when she's a child, and he's old enough to have been married. Polly gets a bit of a crush on him as a preteen, but they don't actually start a relationship till she's in college.

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** Tom and Polly. They meet when she's a child, and he's old enough to have been married. Polly gets a bit of a crush on him as a preteen, teen, but they don't actually start a relationship till she's in college.
19th Nov '13 4:05:06 PM reillymouse
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* TheFairFolk

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* TheFairFolkTheFairFolk: Laurel and Co.



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Polly is manipulated into agreeing to forget about Tom...and she does.

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Polly is manipulated into agreeing to forget about Tom...Tom. Subverted, though, as while they removed all her memories of him, they didn't (or perhaps couldn't) remove all the memories and knowledge he was linked to, leading to bits of information she does.couldn't have possibly learned anywhere and conflicting memories. These open the door to remembering Tom.



** Tom and Polly. They meet when she's a child, and he's old enough to have been married and divorced (though they don't get romantically involved until she's older).
** Laurel took an interest in Tom (and later Leslie) when he was quite young. He says she seemingly adopted him! Even discounting her long life, that's still a huge age gap.

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** Tom and Polly. They meet when she's a child, and he's old enough to have been married and divorced (though married. Polly gets a bit of a crush on him as a preteen, but they don't get romantically involved until actually start a relationship till she's older).
in college.
** Both Tom and Leslie teenagers when the (actually ancient but physically twenty - thirty looking) Laurel took an interest in Tom (and later Leslie) when he was quite young. He says them. Justified, in that she seemingly adopted him! Even discounting has to ensnare men and use them to prolong her long husband's life, that's still a huge age gap.and presumably it's easier to get them under her thumb if she starts young.



* ParentalAbandonment: Both Polly's mother and father send her away for the convenience of their love interests; fortunately her grandmother steps in.

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* ParentalAbandonment: Both Polly. ''Twice''. Her mother sends her to live with her father, under the belief Polly is the reason for all her failed relationships. Her father's too cowardly to tell his girlfriend Polly's mother staying with them indefinitely, so he pretends it's only a short visit and father send then has her away leave, with no way to get back home. Lucky for the convenience of their love interests; fortunately Polly her grandmother steps in.



* RewritingReality: Tom and Polly's stories have a slight tendency to come true...

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* RewritingReality: Tom and Polly's stories have a slight tendency to come true...true.
17th Aug '13 1:45:49 PM Lophotrochozoa
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** Tom scolds Polly for plagiarizing TheLordOfTheRings.

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** Tom scolds Polly for plagiarizing TheLordOfTheRings.''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
13th Jun '13 10:31:54 AM captainpat
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* BigBreastsBigDeal: Nina is proud of developing breasts early.
26th May '13 6:48:20 PM PaulA
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* MayDecemberRomance: Tom and Polly. They meet when she's a child, and he's old enough to have been married and divorced. Likewise, Laurel took an interest in Tom (and later Leslie) when he was quite young. He says she seemingly adopted him! Even discounting her long life, that's still a huge age gap.
** Tom is actually only fourteen years older than Polly - he's ten years older than Sebastian, who is fourteen at the start of the book. So, by the end of the book, Tom is 33 to Polly's 19, which isn't so bad.
*** Except that he first starts seeming to be romantically interested in her no later than when she is 14 or 15, which IS that bad. He was twice her age!

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* MayDecemberRomance: MayDecemberRomance:
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Tom and Polly. They meet when she's a child, and he's old enough to have been married and divorced. Likewise, divorced (though they don't get romantically involved until she's older).
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Laurel took an interest in Tom (and later Leslie) when he was quite young. He says she seemingly adopted him! Even discounting her long life, that's still a huge age gap.
** Tom is actually only fourteen years older than Polly - he's ten years older than Sebastian, who is fourteen at the start of the book. So, by the end of the book, Tom is 33 to Polly's 19, which isn't so bad.
*** Except that he first starts seeming to be romantically interested in her no later than when she is 14 or 15, which IS that bad. He was twice her age!
gap.
25th May '13 4:51:40 AM Ulyyf
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* ForcedIntoEvil: Seb. Polly doesn't have much sympathy for him, but consider this: the first time she ever saw him was at a funeral for his own mother, who had been killed to help Laurel live even longer. He grew up knowing he was the second least valuable member of the family, and that if Tom wasn't there to die they would have no compunction about sacrificing him instead. Can you really blame him for not wanting to die?
24th May '13 8:14:10 PM Ulyyf
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* MayDecemberRomance: Tom and Polly. They meet when she's a child, and he's old enough to have been married and divorced.

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* MayDecemberRomance: Tom and Polly. They meet when she's a child, and he's old enough to have been married and divorced. Likewise, Laurel took an interest in Tom (and later Leslie) when he was quite young. He says she seemingly adopted him! Even discounting her long life, that's still a huge age gap.


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*** Except that he first starts seeming to be romantically interested in her no later than when she is 14 or 15, which IS that bad. He was twice her age!
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