History Literature / TheBlueCastle

1st Oct '16 9:07:20 AM Shoebox
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When she finds out later on the same day she has a terminal form of heart disease and only a year to live, she finally snaps at the prospect of dying before she has even had a chance to live. Instead she blossoms into a free-spirited DeadpanSnarker who doesn't hesitate to tell off her family to their faces (as she hasn't told them why--the better to avoid their even more smothering pity--they conclude she's lost her mind) and realises for the first time that she's actually quite pretty.

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When she finds out later on the same day she has a terminal form of heart disease and only a year to live, left at best, she finally snaps at the prospect of dying before she has even had a chance to live. Instead she blossoms into a free-spirited DeadpanSnarker who doesn't hesitate to tell off her family to their faces (as she hasn't told them why--the better to avoid their even more smothering pity--they conclude she's lost her mind) and realises for the first time that she's actually quite pretty.
7th Feb '16 11:22:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* TermsOfEndearment: Barney calls Valancy "Moonlight".
17th Jan '16 1:18:16 PM Shoebox
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Her world widens even further when hen she unexpectedly gets her chance to leave home altogether and have some real, meaningful adventures. In the course of which she makes friends with her fellow town pariahs: Roaring Abel Gay, a notoriously alcoholic Scotsman; his sweet, sensitive daughter Cecily, an unmarried mother dying of tuberculosis; and Barney Snaith, a rumored criminal and confirmed hermit living in a backwoods island cottage--and soon to become Valancy's love interest...

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Her world widens even further when hen she unexpectedly gets her chance to leave home altogether and have some real, meaningful adventures. In the course of which she makes friends with her fellow town pariahs: Roaring Abel Gay, a notoriously alcoholic Scotsman; the notorious town drunk; his sweet, sensitive daughter Cecily, an unmarried mother dying of tuberculosis; and Barney Snaith, a rumored criminal and confirmed hermit living in a backwoods island cottage--and soon to become Valancy's love interest...
17th Jan '16 1:17:10 PM Shoebox
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Her world widens even further when hen she unexpectedly gets her chance to leave home altogether and have some real-world adventures. In the course of which she makes friends with her fellow town pariahs: Roaring Abel Gay, a notoriously alcoholic Scotsman; his sweet, sensitive daughter Cecily, an unmarried mother dying of tuberculosis; and Barney Snaith, a rumored criminal and confirmed hermit living in a backwoods island cottage--and soon to become Valancy's love interest...

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Her world widens even further when hen she unexpectedly gets her chance to leave home altogether and have some real-world real, meaningful adventures. In the course of which she makes friends with her fellow town pariahs: Roaring Abel Gay, a notoriously alcoholic Scotsman; his sweet, sensitive daughter Cecily, an unmarried mother dying of tuberculosis; and Barney Snaith, a rumored criminal and confirmed hermit living in a backwoods island cottage--and soon to become Valancy's love interest...
17th Jan '16 1:16:37 PM Shoebox
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When she unexpectedly gets her chance to leave home altogether and have some real-world adventures, she jumps at it. As a result she makes friends with her fellow town pariahs: Roaring Abel Gay, a notoriously alcoholic Scotsman; his sweet, sensitive daughter Cecily, an unmarried mother dying of tuberculosis; and Barney Snaith, a rumored criminal and confirmed hermit living in a backwoods island cottage--and soon to become Valancy's love interest...

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When Her world widens even further when hen she unexpectedly gets her chance to leave home altogether and have some real-world adventures, she jumps at it. As a result adventures. In the course of which she makes friends with her fellow town pariahs: Roaring Abel Gay, a notoriously alcoholic Scotsman; his sweet, sensitive daughter Cecily, an unmarried mother dying of tuberculosis; and Barney Snaith, a rumored criminal and confirmed hermit living in a backwoods island cottage--and soon to become Valancy's love interest...
17th Jan '16 12:57:40 PM Shoebox
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* PungeonMaster: Uncle Benjamin, who often uses this trait to tease Valancy about her lack of a love life.

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* PungeonMaster: Uncle Benjamin, who often uses this trait to tease Valancy about her lack of a love life. Backfires spectacularly when he tries to use the same tactics to squash her new, free-speaking self:
17th Jan '16 12:52:06 PM Shoebox
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* PygmalionSnapback: [[spoiler:Oddly enough, after finding out that she isn't dying after all, Valancy's newfound confidence completely evaporates. She leaves Barney, goes back to her mother, and takes a lot of convincing to realize that he wants her back. It makes sense when you realize how downtrodden she's been all her life, and that her confidence was really due to a belief that her actions wouldn't have any serious consequences. The point is for her to learn that they ''do'', and to be confident anyway.]]
* RailroadTracksOfDoom: Valancy's shoe is caught in the tracks once.

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* PygmalionSnapback: [[spoiler:Oddly Oddly enough, after [[spoiler: finding out that she isn't dying after all, all]], Valancy's newfound confidence almost completely evaporates. She leaves Barney, goes back to her mother, and takes a lot of convincing to realize that he wants her back. It makes sense when you realize how downtrodden she's been all her life, and that her confidence was really due to a belief that her actions wouldn't have any serious consequences. The point is for her to learn that they ''do'', and to be confident anyway.]]
anyway.
* RailroadTracksOfDoom: Valancy's shoe is caught in the tracks once.tracks, leading to a dramatic rescue by Barney... and an epiphany for both of them re: her supposedly fatally weak heart.



* SuddenlySuitableSuitor: To the Stirlings, Barney becomes a perfect suitor for Valancy when they discover his real last name.

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* SuddenlySuitableSuitor: To For the Stirlings, Barney becomes instantly switches from a loathed outlaw reprobate to the perfect suitor for Valancy when they discover his real last name.name.



* TheUnfavorite: Valancy, which is made all the more remarkable by the fact that she's ''an only child.''

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* TheUnfavorite: Valancy, which is made all the more remarkable by the fact that she's ''an only child.'''' Mrs. Stirling has always been disappointed in Valancy for being female (she wanted a boy) and--in her straitlaced eyes at least--unattractive.



* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Mrs. Stirling is disappointed in Valancy for being female (she wanted a boy) and unattractive.

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* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Mrs. Stirling is disappointed in Valancy Valancy's mother constantly bemoans her shortcomings, without the least bit of insight into how much she's responsible for being female (she wanted a boy) and unattractive.most of them.
17th Jan '16 12:32:00 PM Shoebox
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''The Blue Castle'', by Creator/LMMontgomery (better known for the ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' and ''Literature/EmilyOfNewMoon'' series), is the story of Valancy Stirling, an apparently dull, mousy, insignificant little OldMaid whose overbearing family makes her life miserable.

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''The Blue Castle'', by Creator/LMMontgomery (better known for the ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' and ''Literature/EmilyOfNewMoon'' series), is the story of Valancy Stirling, an apparently dull, mousy, insignificant little OldMaid whose overbearing family makes her life miserable.trapped in small-town Northern Ontario, Canada.
17th Jan '16 12:31:04 PM Shoebox
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One of only two specifically adult novels Montgomery ever wrote (the other is ''A Tangled Web'') and consequently sadly underrated.

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One of only two novels intended specifically for an adult novels audience that Montgomery ever wrote (the other is ''A Tangled Web'') ''Literature/ATangledWeb'') and consequently sadly underrated.
17th Jan '16 12:28:50 PM Shoebox
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''The Blue Castle'', by Creator/LMMontgomery (better known for the ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' and ''Literature/EmilyOfNewMoon'' series), is the story of Valancy Stirling, a 29-year-old OldMaid whose overbearing family makes her life miserable. Her only escape is through her daydreams as the chatelaine of a beautiful blue castle. When she finds out she has a terminal form of heart disease and only a year to live, she decides to leave home and at least have some adventures before she dies. She makes friends with the town pariahs: Roaring Abel Gay, an alcoholic; his daughter Cecily, an unmarried mother dying of tuberculosis, and Barney Snaith, a rumored criminal living on an island cottage, soon to become Valancy's love interest. Rather dark by Montgomery's standards, this book is a significant exception to her usual style of light teen romance, and consequently sadly underrated.

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''The Blue Castle'', by Creator/LMMontgomery (better known for the ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' and ''Literature/EmilyOfNewMoon'' series), is the story of Valancy Stirling, a 29-year-old an apparently dull, mousy, insignificant little OldMaid whose overbearing family makes her life miserable. Her miserable.

As the book opens, Valancy wakes up on her 29th birthday morning consumed with bitterness over what has actually been a wasted, downtrodden life, dominated by her overbearing mother and multitude of equally stiff-necked, relentlessly conventional relatives. Valancy's
only escape is through her daydreams as the chatelaine of a beautiful blue castle. castle in Spain, complete with handsome Prince Charming.

When she finds out later on the same day she has a terminal form of heart disease and only a year to live, she decides finally snaps at the prospect of dying before she has even had a chance to live. Instead she blossoms into a free-spirited DeadpanSnarker who doesn't hesitate to tell off her family to their faces (as she hasn't told them why--the better to avoid their even more smothering pity--they conclude she's lost her mind) and realises for the first time that she's actually quite pretty.

When she unexpectedly gets her chance
to leave home altogether and at least have some adventures before real-world adventures, she dies. She jumps at it. As a result she makes friends with the her fellow town pariahs: Roaring Abel Gay, an alcoholic; a notoriously alcoholic Scotsman; his sweet, sensitive daughter Cecily, an unmarried mother dying of tuberculosis, tuberculosis; and Barney Snaith, a rumored criminal and confirmed hermit living on an in a backwoods island cottage, cottage--and soon to become Valancy's love interest. Rather dark by Montgomery's standards, this book interest...

One of only two specifically adult novels Montgomery ever wrote (the other
is a significant exception to her usual style of light teen romance, ''A Tangled Web'') and consequently sadly underrated.
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