History Literature / LittleHouseOnThePrairie

18th Jul '16 7:13:22 PM JoieDeCombat
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* OneOfTheBoys: Laura is a SpiritedYoungLady variant who gets along well with the boys at school because she's willing to do things like play ball outside with them instead of staying primly indoors. This no doubt contributes to the boys' decision to rally against Miss Wilder after it becomes clear she has it in for Laura.
18th Jul '16 6:59:01 PM JoieDeCombat
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* OverprotectiveDad: Averted with Pa, who has no problem with the much older Almanzo's courtship of Laura, nor of that courtship mostly consisting of driving around behind unbroken horses; he's almost a ShipperOnDeck. ''Ma'' isn't too pleased about it; at one point she opines that it seems Almanzo wants to break Laura's neck, and she hopes he breaks his own first.

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* OverprotectiveDad: Averted with Pa, who has no problem with the much older Almanzo's courtship of Laura, nor of that courtship mostly consisting of driving around behind unbroken horses; he's almost a ShipperOnDeck. ''Ma'' isn't too pleased about it; at one point she startles Laura when she forcefully opines that it seems Almanzo wants to break Laura's neck, and she hopes he breaks his own first.
18th Jul '16 6:48:37 PM JoieDeCombat
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* FoodPorn: Especially in ''Farmer Boy'', to the point where it becomes a mild RunningGag. All that hard work in the fields gives little Almanzo a fierce appetite, and his mother is a fabulous cook; just how fabulous is spelled out on nearly every page. Worth noting that this'd be all organic, free-range ingredients, too...

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* FoodPorn: Especially in ''Farmer Boy'', to the point where it becomes a mild RunningGag. All that hard work in the fields gives little Almanzo a fierce appetite, and his mother is a fabulous cook; just how fabulous is spelled out on nearly every page. Worth noting that this'd be all fresh, organic, free-range ingredients, too...
18th Jul '16 6:45:31 PM JoieDeCombat
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** Almanzo seems to be dating what his ''sister'' hates. By the time Laura finally gets to ride behind the brown Morgans, she's sure she's lost any chance because Eliza Jane firmly believed Laura was turning the other students against her, but when Laura introduces herself, Almanzo answers "My sister often spoke of you."

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** Almanzo seems to be dating what his ''sister'' hates. By the time Laura finally gets to ride behind the brown Morgans, she's sure she's lost any chance because Eliza Jane firmly believed Laura was turning the other students against her, but when Laura introduces herself, Almanzo answers answers, "My sister often spoke of you."you," - and promptly sets about courting her.
18th Jul '16 6:38:03 PM JoieDeCombat
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** Laura's reaction when a kitten hides in her hoopskirts to hide from a dog, while sitting in church. Mary's stern with her at first, but when she hears the story even she has to admit it's amusing.

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** Laura's reaction when a kitten hides in her hoopskirts to hide from a dog, while sitting in church. Mary's stern with her at first, first - maintaining proper decorum, ''especially'' while in church, was very serious business - but when she hears the story even she has to admit it's amusing.
18th Jul '16 5:26:24 PM Antigone3
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* DiseaseByAnyOtherName: In one of the early novels, the Ingalls family contracts "fever 'n' ague" (identified as malaria in retrospect).
3rd Jun '16 1:22:42 AM K
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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When Laura wants to curl up by the fire instead of playing outside in the snow, her husband immediately runs to get her mother, her mother's friend, and the doctor. It turns out she's about to go into labor.
1st Jun '16 7:01:16 PM TheFuzzinator
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* FrontierDoctor: The only black person to appear in the original books, Dr. Tan, who comes to the Ingallses' aid when they have malaria, and is identified only as "a doctor with the Indians." His role is very brief and matter-of-fact, which [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter is rather frustrating to modern readers]].

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* FrontierDoctor: The only black person to appear in the original books, Dr. Tan, who comes to the Ingallses' aid when they have malaria, and is identified only as "a doctor with the Indians." His role is very brief and matter-of-fact, which [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter is rather frustrating to modern readers]].[[note]]The reason for this is possibly because real-life Laura was four when living in Indian Territory, not seven.[[/note]]
27th May '16 3:18:25 PM Jayalaw
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Eliza Jane Wilder does terribly as a teacher in ''Little Town on the Prairie.'' Nellie is the only student that likes her, but every other student is dead set against her.



* ActuallyPrettyFunny:
** Ida Brown and Laura's nasty rhyme about Eliza Jane goes viral with the boys in their class. Laura and Ida feel guilty about it, but the boys have a blast singing it.
** Laura's reaction when a kitten hides in her hoopskirts to hide from a dog, while sitting in church. Mary's stern with her at first, but when she hears the story even she has to admit it's amusing.



* BadassAdorable: Kitty, a kitten that the Ingalls adopt, who when only a few weeks old, kills a mouse much larger than her. The bigger she gets, the more mice and gophers she kills and brings to Ma as presents.



* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: New schoolmarm Eliza Jane gives a speech on her first day about how she intends to rule by love, not fear: [[TastesLikeDiabetes "Birds in their little nests agree!"]]. Laura and her friends find it embarrassing and don't think it will go over well when the older boys start coming to school... as it turns out, they're all too right.

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* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: New schoolmarm Eliza Jane gives a speech on her first day about how she intends to rule by love, not fear: [[TastesLikeDiabetes "Birds in their little nests agree!"]]. Laura and her friends find it embarrassing and don't think it will go over well when the older boys start coming to school... as it turns out, they're all too right. Not to mention that Eliza Jane devolves into a SadistTeacher thanks to Nellie spreading gossip about Laura being arrogant.



* ObliviousToLove: Laura at first about Almanzo's courtship. It takes her a few months to catch on that he's courting her, and a little more time to return his feelings.



* SadistTeacher: Eliza Jane picks on sickly little sister Carrie to make Laura mad, because she's under the impression Laura is throwing her weight around due to Pa being on the school board. Possibly a TakeThat, since the real Laura and Eliza Jane didn't get along very well at all; see also EJ being portrayed as a bossy little brat in ''Farmer Boy''.

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* SadistTeacher: Eliza Jane picks on sickly little sister Carrie to make Laura mad, because she's under the impression Laura is throwing her weight around due to Pa being on the school board. Then RealityEnsues in that the rest of the class can see the unfairness, and the subsequent rebellion that the boys undertake leads to Miss Wilder leaving her position and never returning. Possibly a TakeThat, since the real Laura and Eliza Jane didn't get along very well at all; see also EJ being portrayed as a bossy little brat in ''Farmer Boy''.


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* ShesAllGrownUp: Laura in ''Little Town on the Prairie'' is dissatisfied with her looks and clothes, but she attracts Almanzo's attention when she's fifteen. In ''These Happy Golden Years'', after Almanzo takes her out for weekly horse rides, in one week at least three men start courting her as well.


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* ThisMeansWar: The boys in Laura's class when Eliza Jane sends Laura and Carrie home after the chair-rocking incident; they see the unfairness in the situation. Their subsequent campaign leads to the school board visiting the class, and Ms. Wilder leaving abruptly.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Eliza Jane Wilder, when you compare her character in ''Little Town on the Prairie'' to ''Farmer Boy''. She goes from being a JerkWithAHeartOfGold to a SadistTeacher, in part due to Nellie telling her that Laura was being arrogant and also in part to being new at teaching.
22nd May '16 2:09:47 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondesAreEvil: Nellie Oleson.
** Averted with Mary, although Laura is still [[GreenEyedMonster jealous of her]] and considers her to be something of a SpoiledBrat at first (which she later admits was true).
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