History Literature / TheEarTheEyeAndTheArm

13th Jan '17 5:19:31 PM Scorpion451
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* LovecraftianSuperpower: downplayed in the titular characters, but their powers are derived from physical mutations, and their appearances are very unsettling to others. Eye's eyes are [[SphereEyes huge and protruding]], Ear's ears are huge and mobile (to the point where he can fold them to focus on a point like an animal's ears or curl them up for storage), Arm's namesakes are of the {{Creepy Long| Arms}} variety with (slightly adhesive) [[CreepyLongFingers Fingers]] and legs to match.

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* LovecraftianSuperpower: downplayed in the titular characters, but their powers are derived from physical mutations, and their appearances are very unsettling to others. Eye's eyes are [[SphereEyes huge bulbous and protruding]], Ear's ears are huge and mobile (to the point where he can fold them to focus on a point like an animal's ears or curl them up for storage), Arm's namesakes are of the {{Creepy Long| Arms}} variety with (slightly adhesive) [[CreepyLongFingers Fingers]] and legs to match.
13th Jan '17 5:18:20 PM Scorpion451
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* Eye and Ear have similar issues with their own abilities. In addition to typical SensoryOverload and the disfiguring nature of their mutations, Eye is treated to a perpetual GrossUpCloseup of everything around him, while Ear's eponymous attributes are extremely delicate in the physical sense: At one point he suffers an excrutiating tear when he unfurls them in extreme winds.
* ButtDialingMordor: Psychic powers and eldritch abominations make a bad combination.


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* LovecraftianSuperpower: downplayed in the titular characters, but their powers are derived from physical mutations, and their appearances are very unsettling to others. Eye's eyes are [[SphereEyes huge and protruding]], Ear's ears are huge and mobile (to the point where he can fold them to focus on a point like an animal's ears or curl them up for storage), Arm's namesakes are of the {{Creepy Long| Arms}} variety with (slightly adhesive) [[CreepyLongFingers Fingers]] and legs to match.


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* {{Mutants}}: The source of Eye, Ear, and Arm's abilities, and the people of the Dead Man's Vlei.


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* UrbanHellscape: Toxic slums, borderline-PrivatelyOwnedSociety, food shortages... an excellent example from the trope's heyday in the mid-90's.
8th Dec '16 6:58:59 PM Jayalaw
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* AdultFear: The notion of your children being kidnapped after they convince you to let them do a small expedition for homework. Unsurprisingly, General Matsika is frantic when he realizes his kids are gone.



* BittersweetEnding: The kids are saved [[spoiler:from becoming a sacrifice, the family soothsayer's mother is put in jail for her extortion plot, but She-Elephant still has to serve some jail time for her crimes.]]



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Rita mentions that despite being their captor, at least She-Elephant made sure that the kids had enough to eat. [[spoiler:Whereas in Resthaven, Rita gets burned with peanuts for taking a bit of food for herself.]]



* GoodOldWays: Inverted and somewhat played straight with Resthaven. It's a natural preserve of pristine beauty, and it's a very good place to live - if you're a man. If you're a girl, you can look forward to polygamy and drudgery for the rest of your life, and [[spoiler: if twins are born, one of the twins ''will'' be killed. Yes, probably the girl.]]

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* GoodOldWays: Inverted and somewhat played straight with Resthaven. It's a natural preserve of pristine beauty, and it's a very good place to live - if you're a man. If you're a girl, you can look forward to polygamy and drudgery for the rest of your life, and [[spoiler: if twins are born, one of the twins ''will'' be killed. Yes, probably the girl.]] Also, understandably, when the kids end up there, they want to head home to their old life.
23rd Mar '14 11:41:31 AM Parable
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* TheDreaded: Matsika. As security chief of Zimbabwe, he brought an end to the chaos caused by the great gang wars through sheer ruthlessness. Over a decade later, just mentioning his name is enough to make the surviving lesser criminals take flight.
5th Aug '13 10:57:11 PM Korodzik
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* AncientAfrica: Resthaven. In the middle of the futuristic Zimbabwe, this is a sacred country where the old ways are preserved[[hottip:*: Even the unpleasant ones]] - "the spiritual heart of Africa." Even airplanes aren't allowed to fly overhead, and the people who live inside of it have only the vaguest notion of the outside world - most of them.

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* AncientAfrica: Resthaven. In the middle of the futuristic Zimbabwe, this is a sacred country where the old ways are preserved[[hottip:*: Even preserved[[note]]Even the unpleasant ones]] ones[[/note]] - "the spiritual heart of Africa." Even airplanes aren't allowed to fly overhead, and the people who live inside of it have only the vaguest notion of the outside world - most of them.
27th Feb '13 2:15:31 PM Xtifr
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A 1995 Newbery Honor Book, ''The Ear, the Eye and the Arm'' [[hottip:*: No, there is not a comma missing there]] is a novel by Nancy Farmer set in Zimbabwe [[ExtyYearsFromNow 200 years in the future]].

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A 1995 Newbery Honor Book, ''The Ear, the Eye and the Arm'' [[hottip:*: No, Arm''[[note]] (No, there is not a comma missing there]] there)[[/note]] is a novel by Nancy Farmer set in Zimbabwe [[ExtyYearsFromNow 200 years in the future]].
21st Dec '12 4:06:05 AM TotemicHero
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Tendai and his siblings Rita and Kuda have lived a sheltered life and have a strained relationship with their father, the renowned General Matsika. Thus, with the aid of their caretaker, the Mellower, they sneak out of the house...and into a whole lot of trouble, getting themselves kidnapped. Meanwhile, the Matsika parents are frantic with worry, so the Mellower suggests hiring some detectives he has heard of - the eponymous Ear, Eye, and Arm. As the Matsika children struggle to survive, the detectives race to find them before it's too late.

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Tendai and his siblings Rita and Kuda have lived a sheltered life and have a strained relationship with their father, the renowned General Matsika. Thus, with the aid of their caretaker, the Mellower, they sneak out of the house...and into a whole lot of trouble, getting themselves kidnapped. Meanwhile, the Matsika parents are frantic with worry, so the Mellower suggests hiring some detectives he has heard of - [[TitleDrop the eponymous Ear, the Eye, and Arm.the Arm]]. As the Matsika children struggle to survive, the detectives race to find them before it's too late.



* BigDamnHeroes: The detectives pull this in Resthaven. [[spoiler:Arm also attempts to pull this at the book's climax, but that doesn't work out.]]



* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler:Sekai, in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.]]



* HumansAreWhite: Averted. There are three distinct ethnic groups -- Black, Brown, and White. Most of the characters belong to Black and Brown, but the Mellower, [[ThoseTwoGuys Knife]], and one of title three are White.
* InfantImmortality
* LightningGun: The Soul Stealers

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* HumansAreWhite: Averted. There are three distinct ethnic groups -- Black, Brown, and White. Most of the characters belong to Black and Brown, but the Mellower, [[ThoseTwoGuys Knife]], and one of title three Ear are White.
* InfantImmortality
InfantImmortality: Played straight, although the plot comes very close to averting this on a few occasions.
* LightningGun: The Soul StealersStealers.



* MyBelovedSmother: [[spoiler: The Mellower's mother.]]

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* TheMenFirst: Implied that this is part of General Matsika's professional standards. [[spoiler:By the end, Tendai develops similar beliefs.]]
* MyBelovedSmother: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Mellower's mother.]]



* NobleSavage: Resthaven again, deconstructed. . See GoodOldWays.

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* NobleSavage: Resthaven again, deconstructed. . See GoodOldWays.



* ThemeNaming: This trope feels the love. The eponymous detectives, the Mellower, the She-Elephant, Knife and Fist, Trashman...

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* ThemeNaming: This trope feels the love. The eponymous three detectives, the Mellower, the She-Elephant, Knife and Fist, Trashman...


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* WouldHurtAChild: Most of the inhabitants of Resthaven, [[WouldHitAGirl as long as it's a girl]].
30th Apr '12 4:45:48 AM Nohbody
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* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Happens to Arm near the end of the book. Luckily, [[IGotBetter he gets better]]...mostly.]]

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* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Happens to Arm near the end of the book. Luckily, [[IGotBetter he gets better]]...mostly.]]
7th Dec '11 8:53:03 AM Micah
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* NeoAfrica: The book's setting.
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