History Literature / OverOurWay

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* SaltAndPepper
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* BerserkButton: Following Ascot's visit with his wife, he becomes this for Lilly's father.



* HowWeGotHere: The first few paragraphs of the story outline Lilly's parents' reaction to Ascot's visit with his wife, which takes place near the end of the story.



* TheMasquerade: In ''Ascot'', when Ascot returns to the village with his wife, he asks Lilly (the narrator) to pretend that she is his cousin and that her family is his family. It doesn't last very long, though.

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* TheMasquerade: In ''Ascot'', when When Ascot returns to the village with his wife, he asks Lilly (the narrator) to pretend that she is his cousin and that her family is his family. It doesn't last very long, though.
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* {{Acrofatic}}: Ernest is an excellent cricketer, despite his bulk.



* IWasQuiteALooker: Ernest's mother was very pretty back in the day, according to the narrative.




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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Ernest's grandfather loses several memories as a result of his stroke. He even goes as far as to look for an old friend, who had died several years previously.




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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: No matter how level-headed George tries to be, he is always wrong and Elizabeth is always right, as far as she is concerned. Even when she asks him a more serious question [[spoiler:(whether he loves her or not)]] at the end of the story, when he finally does answer, she berates him for taking too long to think of his response.
* ImaginaryFriend: Each of the "villagers" Elizabeth talks to. George, who only gets the feedback of these conversations from Elizabeth herself, sucks it up as best he can for the sake of his like for her.
* [[MrImagination Ms. Imagination]]: Elizabeth. Whenever she gets together with George every Saturday, and they have their playtime among the casuarina trees his grandfather planted, she pretends that each tree is a village member of her own imagining, and she makes George parade past each tree while greeting and holding conversation of varying lengths with each "villager."
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Used by Elizabeth during her make-believe conversations.




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* GiveHimANormalLife: What Latona and her mother want to do for Baby David by giving him up for adoption.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Miss Smart feels like one after remembering how, during past garden parties, she used to to talk about adopting a needy child--only, she had in mind to adopt an American or British child instead of one of her own native St. Vincentian citizens.
--> Knowing our miserable own with subtle contempt, we have yearned for the foreigner.
* IllGirl: Latona's mother, through a combination of unending work, poverty, and having to raise nine children.
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* RitchBitch: Millicent is a younger version of this, but she still counts.

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* RitchBitch: RichBitch: Millicent is a younger version of this, but she still counts.
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* MakeWayForThePrincess
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* BitchAlert: No points for guessing who.


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* RitchBitch: Millicent is a younger version of this, but she still counts.
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* DeathGlare: On her first day with the class, Millicent gets this from a boy named Harry, with whom she shares a seat, after she ends up taking up so much space that she pushes him off the seat and onto the floor.
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* AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted: See below.
* HumanoidAbomination: What the maiden is implied to be.
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* [[spoiler:Downer Ending]]

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* [[spoiler:Downer Ending]]
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''Over Our Way'' is a collection of 18 short stories, most set in the West Indies and all written by various Caribbean authors, and edited by authors Jean D'Costa and Velma Pollard. It was first published by Longman Publishers in 1980, with a total of twenty impressions, the most recent one being in 2009.

The stories are listed below, with their authors and a brief synopsis for each, and the tropes present in each.

'''SPOILERS ABOUND. BEWARE'''.

!! '''Millicent''' ''(Merle Hodge)''
A new student enters Fourth Standard at a school in Trinidad, and proceeds to upset the status quo.
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: The titular character does this with the form teacher.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen
* KidsAreCruel
* PrideBeforeAFall: The teacher's warning to Millicent.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The teacher.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* VillainProtagonist: Millicent.

!! '''The Bicycle''' ''(Jean D'Costa)''
A young boy [[CaptainObvious gets a bicycle]] around the same time his grandfather has a stroke. Then the grandpa, now senile, wanders off...
* BerserkButton: Don't make insults about Ernest's fat--er, muscle.
--> '''Narrator:''' The last boy who made the mistake of calling out something about "fatty from the circus" [[NoodleIncident is now going to another school]].
* TheDeterminator: Ernest rides his bicycle all over Kingston to find his grandfather when the old man runs away from home.
* ItRunsInTheFamily: Ernest's big frame comes from his mother, and his maternal uncle is likewise overweight.

!! '''Casuarina Row''' ''(John Wickham)''
Two children engage in weekly make-believe meetings.

!! '''The Statehood Sacrifice''' ''(Ronnie Saunders)''
A young girl makes a heavy sacrifice for the sake of her family.

!! '''Amy and I''' ''(Mark Alleyne)''
Two girls accidentally break a window while playing, and make efforts to cover it up.
* BadLiar

!! '''Peeta of the Deep Sea''' ''(Michael Anthony)''
A sentient fish has an encounter with a mysterious deep-sea predator.
* DownerEnding
* EldritchAbomination: The Monster is this to Peeta and his kind. [[spoiler:It's actually a fisherman's net]].

!! '''The Devils of Rose Hall''' ''(Jean D'Costa)''
A pastor accepts a bet to spend a night in Jamaica's most infamous haunted house.
* SchmuckBait: The dare to stay at the Rose Hall Great House.

!! '''The Water Woman and Her Lover''' ''(Ralph Prince)''
A man becomes entranced by a mysterious river maiden.
* TooDumbToLive: The man is given a chance to be rich, on condition that he tells nobody about his newly-gotten wealth, otherwise he will have to be with the river maiden forever. Guess what he does when he finds the wealth in his house afterward?

!! '''Jeffie Lemmington and Me''' ''(Merle Hodge)''
A young boy leaves Trinidad to join his family overseas, and while there encounters racism.
* EbonyAndIvory
* FantasticRacism

!! '''My Mother''' ''(Velma Pollard)''
A Jamaican girl chronicles her relationship with her physically-distant mother.

!! '''The Legend of Talon''' ''(Calvin Watson)''
A legendary criminal reminisces on his life of infamy even as he eludes a police dragnet.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Near the end of the story.
* IAmNotMyFather: [[spoiler:Why Talon's son became a policeman]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: The titular character is shot dead [[spoiler:[[{{Irony}} by a son born from one of his past rapes]]]].
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Talon's real name is never given.
* VillainProtagonist: Talon.

!! '''Carlton''' ''(Velma Pollard)''
Two young people from different classes of life embark on a forbidden love affair.
* [[spoiler:Downer Ending]]

!! '''Heart Man''' ''(Millis D. Nichols)''
While taking lunch to his father, a boy has a terrifying encounter.

!! '''The Owl and the Poodledog''' ''(Judy Stone)''
A paperboy aids a girl in retrieving a dog that has escaped from her yard.
* PreciousPuppies: Coffee.

!! '''Anancy and Mongoose''' ''(Velma Pollard)''
One of the many tales of Jamaica's spider-trickster of folklore.

!! '''The Paddy-Man''' ''(David King)''
Residents of a small neighborhood engage in a dispute with a traveling peddler.

!! '''Ascot''' ''(Olive Senior)''
A young trickster sets out to fulfill his dream of dressing in white and driving a big white car.
* BlatantLies: Ascot specializes in these.
* DisappearedDad: Nobody knows who Ascot's real father is.
* TheMasquerade: In ''Ascot'', when Ascot returns to the village with his wife, he asks Lilly (the narrator) to pretend that she is his cousin and that her family is his family. It doesn't last very long, though.
* ParentalObliviousness: Ascot's mother.
* SoProudOfYou: Ascot's mother feels this way toward him at the end of the story.
* VillainProtagonist: Ascot.
* WideEyedIdealist: Both Ascot and his mother qualify.

!! '''Bus Strike''' ''(Jean D'Costa)''
A schoolboy makes his way home during a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin bus strike]].
* ChekhovsGunman: Alphonse, who is mentioned at the start of the story as he goes about his morning work routine. [[spoiler:Turns out he's actually the dog adopted by the main character at the end]].
* ComingOfAgeStory
* KidsAreCruel
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