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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).
19th Apr '16 12:27:10 PM JoieDeCombat
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* CompositeCharacter: Nellie Oleson... thank God. Laura apparently felt it would be in poor taste to name real people if she was portraying them in a negative light, and so three unpleasant girls Laura knew were rolled into one. And yes, one of them moved from Walnut Grove to De Smet. The descendants of the three girls remain distinctly unimpressed with how much Laura made up. Possibly also Mr. Edwards.

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* CompositeCharacter: CompositeCharacter:
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Nellie Oleson... thank God. Laura apparently felt it would be in poor taste to name real people if she was portraying them in a negative light, and so three unpleasant girls Laura knew were rolled into one. And yes, one of them moved from Walnut Grove to De Smet. The descendants of the three girls remain distinctly unimpressed with how much Laura made up. Possibly also
** Some researchers believe that
Mr. Edwards.Edwards, the "wildcat from Tennessee" who befriends the Ingalls family during their stay near Independence, Kansas in ''Little House on the Prairie,'' may be an amalgamated depiction of several different people who did kind deeds for the family throughout the years.
19th Apr '16 11:52:43 AM erforce
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* WhipItGood: A gang of rough older boys comes to Almanzo's school every winter to beat up the teacher and drive him away... until this year's model, small, soft-spoken Mr. Corse, literally drives them out IndianaJones-style with a borrowed bullwhip.

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* WhipItGood: A gang of rough older boys comes to Almanzo's school every winter to beat up the teacher and drive him away... until this year's model, small, soft-spoken Mr. Corse, literally drives them out IndianaJones-style Franchise/IndianaJones-style with a borrowed bullwhip.
12th Feb '16 5:30:33 PM toongrrl1990
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** Caroline (academic and bookish) and her sister Martha (practical and sophisticated) are a mild case.

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** Caroline (academic (academic, quiet, neat, and bookish) and her sister Martha (practical (practical, boisterous, messy, and sophisticated) are a mild case.


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** Caroline and her sister Martha. One is neat, bookish, quiet, and is concerned with keeping her clothes pretty and not worn out looking; the other is boisterous, outdoorsy, and impulsive. That said, Martha pines after her future husband and settles as a housewife while Caroline goes to school and teaches before settling down with Charles Ingalls.
25th Dec '15 3:41:31 PM RibbonQuest
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* BookWorm: Caroline, Martha, Mary, Rose and Laura herself.

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* BookWorm: Caroline, Martha, Mary, Rose Rose, and Laura herself.
27th Nov '15 5:14:16 PM Shoebox
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There is some contention about how much of the books are purely Laura Ingalls Wilder: the stories are hers, to be sure, but her daughter was a popular author and was instrumental both in encouraging her mother to publish her story. While Laura already had a background writing columns for local newspapers, some suggest Rose--who was an accomplished ghostwriter--wrote the books herself, while others suggest she merely offered advice and put Laura in touch with her publishing connections; the truth is likely somewhere between the two extremes. A study of the relevant correspondence between the two suggests that Rose's main concern was with the technical details of grammar and style, while her mother focussed on character and plot.

While ''The First Four Years'', which was written without Rose's help, is similar in content but noticeably different in style to the rest of the series, this may have more to do with the fact that (in keeping with the steadily increasing reading level of the series as a whole) it was apparently originally intended for a much more adult audience.

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There is some contention about how much of the books are purely Laura Ingalls Wilder: the stories are hers, to be sure, but her daughter was a popular author and was instrumental both in encouraging her mother to publish her story. While Laura already had a background writing columns for local newspapers, some suggest Rose--who was an accomplished ghostwriter--wrote the books herself, while others suggest she merely offered advice and put Laura in touch with her publishing connections; the truth is likely somewhere between the two extremes. A study of the relevant correspondence between the two suggests that Rose's main concern was with the technical details of grammar and style, while her mother focussed on character and plot. \n\n While ''The First Four Years'', which was written without Rose's help, is similar in content but noticeably different in style to the rest of the series, this may have more to do with the fact that (in keeping with the steadily increasing reading level of the series as a whole) it was apparently originally intended for as a much more adult audience.
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27th Nov '15 5:11:31 PM Shoebox
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There is some contention about how much of the books are purely Laura Ingalls Wilder: the stories are hers, to be sure, but her daughter was a popular author and was instrumental in encouraging her mother to publish her story. While Laura already had a background writing columns for local newspapers, some suggest Rose, who was an accomplished ghostwriter, wrote the books herself, while others suggest she merely offered advice and put Laura in touch with her publishing connections; the truth is likely somewhere between the two extremes. Note that ''The First Four Years'', which was written without Rose's help, is similar in content but noticeably different in style to the rest of the series.

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There is some contention about how much of the books are purely Laura Ingalls Wilder: the stories are hers, to be sure, but her daughter was a popular author and was instrumental both in encouraging her mother to publish her story. While Laura already had a background writing columns for local newspapers, some suggest Rose, who Rose--who was an accomplished ghostwriter, wrote ghostwriter--wrote the books herself, while others suggest she merely offered advice and put Laura in touch with her publishing connections; the truth is likely somewhere between the two extremes. Note A study of the relevant correspondence between the two suggests that Rose's main concern was with the technical details of grammar and style, while her mother focussed on character and plot.

While
''The First Four Years'', which was written without Rose's help, is similar in content but noticeably different in style to the rest of the series.
series, this may have more to do with the fact that (in keeping with the steadily increasing reading level of the series as a whole) it was apparently originally intended for a much more adult audience.
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