History Literature / TheBorrowers

24th Mar '15 6:28:04 AM Spindriver
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Tidying up and adding the Wainscot Society trope.

Arrietty Clock lives with her parents under the floor in the house of a "human bean". They live by "borrowing" from the human beans (it's only "stealing" if you take things from another Borrower), but never anything that might be missed; a Borrower must never be seen by a human bean, or let a human bean in any way know they exist. Unfortunately, Arrietty is a little too curious for her own good, and ends up talking with a human boy. The boy ends up fetching little things that might help the Borrowers, things they couldn't get for themselves.
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Arrietty Clock lives with her parents under the floor in the house of a "human bean". They live by "borrowing" from the human beans (it's only "stealing" if you take things from another Borrower), but never anything that might be missed; [[TheMasquerade a Borrower must never be seen by a human bean, or let a human bean in any way know they exist.exist]]. Unfortunately, Arrietty is a little too curious for her own good, and ends up talking with a human boy. The boy ends up fetching little things that might help the Borrowers, things they couldn't get for themselves.

En route, they encounter Spiller, a loner who says little but sees much. He's a great hunter, and although their initial interaction is cool (as in "not quite frigid"), soon enough they warm to him. (At times it even looks like he and Arrietty might eventually get together and the fourth novel Borrowers Aloft ends with the declaration that they will get married eventually and a fairly detailed description of their future home and life together, but this never happens within the series. The final book introduces the character of Peagreen as another romantic possibility for Arrietty but ends without any romantic resolution.) He helps them out of a couple tight spots, including when they're captured by humans, and eventually even shows them a miniature village they can live in (crafted by a human, but they stay decently hidden so he doesn't see them).
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En route, they encounter Spiller, a loner who says little but sees much. He's a great hunter, and although their initial interaction is cool (as in "not quite frigid"), soon enough they warm to him. (At times it even looks like he and Arrietty might eventually get together together, and the fourth novel Borrowers Aloft novel, ''Borrowers Aloft,'' ends with the declaration that they will get married eventually and a fairly detailed description of their future home and life together, together -- but this never happens within the series. The final book introduces the character of Peagreen as another romantic possibility for Arrietty but ends without any romantic resolution.) He helps them out of a couple tight spots, including when they're captured by humans, and eventually even shows them a miniature village they can live in (crafted by a human, but they stay decently hidden so he doesn't see them).

* BambooTechnology: Loads. * DoNotGoGentle: often with StiffUpperLip. * DyingRace: Arrietty is afraid that Borrowers may be this. * TheEdwardianEra: Time period when the series is set.
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* BambooTechnology: Loads. Borrowers use a lot of this. * DoNotGoGentle: often Often with StiffUpperLip. * DyingRace: Arrietty is afraid that Borrowers may be this. dying out. * TheEdwardianEra: Time The time period when the series is set.

* IllBoy: The human boy was in the house because he was recovering from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rheumatic_fever rheumatic fever]], which even to this day is considered a dangerous and chronic disease.
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* IllBoy: The human boy was is in the house because he was is recovering from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rheumatic_fever rheumatic fever]], which even to this day is considered a dangerous and chronic disease.

* {{Lilliputians}}
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* {{Lilliputians}}{{Lilliputians}}: The Borrowers' defining feature.

* MouseWorld
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* MouseWorldMouseWorld: The Borrowers exist on a mouse-sized scale.

* PosthumousCharacter: Within the FramingDevice story, ''all'' of the major characters might be considered this, since the main story takes place so long ago -- though only the Boy (who was the younger brother of Mrs. May, who first tells "Kate" the story of the Borrowers) is actually confirmed to have died; the Borrowers themselves simply left and were never seen again.
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* PosthumousCharacter: PosthumousCharacter: ** Within the FramingDevice story, ''all'' of the major characters might be considered this, since the main story takes place so long ago -- though only the Boy (who was the younger brother of Mrs. May, who first tells "Kate" the story of the Borrowers) is actually confirmed to have died; the Borrowers themselves simply left and were never seen again.

* PunnyName: even names are borrowed. There's Stainless, Pod (the plant), Eggletina. Surnames are often where the family lives such as the Clocks or Overmantles. * ScavengedPunk: As a franchise, ''The Borrowers'' provides what is perhaps the URExample of ScavengedPunk. The family, and borrowers in general, scavenge everything they need from humans and end up building a lot of cool equipment. Movie adaptations have provided some of the best ever visual examples of ScavengedPunk.
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* PunnyName: even Even names are borrowed. There's Borrowed; for example, there are Stainless, Pod (the plant), and Eggletina. Surnames are often taken from where the family lives lives, such as the Clocks or Overmantles. * ScavengedPunk: As a franchise, ''The Borrowers'' provides what is perhaps the URExample UrExample of ScavengedPunk. The family, and borrowers in general, scavenge everything they need from humans and end up building a lot of cool equipment. Movie adaptations have provided some of the best ever visual examples of ScavengedPunk. * WainscotSociety: Insofar as the thinly-spread Borrowers have a society, it is kept fairly scrupulously secret from ordinary humans.

!!Trope examples exclusive to the 1990s TV episodes:
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!!Trope examples !!Tropes exclusive to the 1990s TV episodes:
5th Jul '14 8:42:09 AM Roo
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* FramingDevice: The first and second books have framing stories of how the author, as a child, meets and talks to people who knew the Borrowers long ago.
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* FramingDevice: The first and first, second and third books have framing stories of how the author, as a child, meets and talks to people who knew the Borrowers long ago.ago, but this is dropped for the fourth and fifth book.

* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: The story of the Borrowers is presented as something told to the author when she was a child (she gives her younger self the name "Kate," to distance herself from the [[TakeThatMe "wild, untidy, self-willed little girl who stared with angry eyes and was said to crunch her teeth"]] she apparently was back then), and which she wrote down for her own children when she was an adult. This is most clear in the first two books, where the FramingDevice is the story of how "Kate" meets and talks to old people who either met or were told of the Borrowers in their youths. The latter books (and almost all the adaptations) drop this device, but still include people who could conceivably have talked to "Kate" many years later and told her the story.
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* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: The story of the Borrowers is presented as something told to the author when she was a child (she gives her younger self the name "Kate," to distance herself from the [[TakeThatMe "wild, untidy, self-willed little girl who stared with angry eyes and was said to crunch her teeth"]] she apparently was back then), and which she wrote down for her own children when she was an adult. This is most clear in the first two three books, where the FramingDevice is the story of how "Kate" meets and talks to old people who either met or were told of the Borrowers in their youths. The latter books (and almost all the adaptations) drop this device, but still include people who could conceivably have talked to "Kate" many years later and told her the story.
21st Mar '14 8:42:30 AM EgregiousEric
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Arrietty's parents, Pod and Homily, are frightened and upset, but eventually (if somewhat stiffly) accept that the human boy is going to help them and not harm them. However, soon enough the adults see the Borrowers too, so the family hides and has to pack up and leave the house. They head out into the wild -- like [[Main/TheLordOfTheRings Bilbo]], they're not the adventurous type -- and try to make it to a house their relatives moved to years ago.
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Arrietty's parents, Pod and Homily, are frightened and upset, but eventually (if somewhat stiffly) accept that the human boy is going to help them and not harm them. However, soon enough the adults see the Borrowers too, so the family hides and has to pack up and leave the house. They head out into the wild -- like [[Main/TheLordOfTheRings [[Literature/TheHobbit Bilbo]], they're not the adventurous type -- and try to make it to a house their relatives moved to years ago.
20th Feb '14 5:47:33 PM Merlanthe
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En route, they encounter Spiller, a loner who says little but sees much. He's a great hunter, and although their initial interaction is cool (as in "not quite frigid"), soon enough they warm to him. (At times it even looks like he and Arrietty might eventually get together, but this never happens within the series. She settles down with a guy called Peagreen who lives in a greenhouse.) He helps them out of a couple tight spots, including when they're captured by humans, and eventually even shows them a miniature village they can live in (crafted by a human, but they stay decently hidden so he doesn't see them).
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En route, they encounter Spiller, a loner who says little but sees much. He's a great hunter, and although their initial interaction is cool (as in "not quite frigid"), soon enough they warm to him. (At times it even looks like he and Arrietty might eventually get together and the fourth novel Borrowers Aloft ends with the declaration that they will get married eventually and a fairly detailed description of their future home and life together, but this never happens within the series. She settles down with a guy called The final book introduces the character of Peagreen who lives in a greenhouse.as another romantic possibility for Arrietty but ends without any romantic resolution.) He helps them out of a couple tight spots, including when they're captured by humans, and eventually even shows them a miniature village they can live in (crafted by a human, but they stay decently hidden so he doesn't see them).
28th Jun '13 9:07:51 AM Vidus
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Added DiffLines:
* PunnyName: even names are borrowed. There's Stainless, Pod (the plant), Eggletina. Surnames are often where the family lives such as the Clocks or Overmantles.
20th Jun '13 9:23:20 AM Vidus
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* DoNotGoGentle: often with StiffUpperLip.
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