History Literature / TheMysteriousBenedictSociety

17th Sep '16 8:01:13 PM JMQwilleran
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* FunWithAcronyms: The Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened becomes L.I.V.E., which becomes, [[SdrawkcabName well... you know.]] In fact, Mr. Curtain seems to be quite fond of acronyms. Had his scheme in the first book succeeded, he would have gotten himself declared "Master and Secretary of All the Earth's Regions," or M.A.S.T.E.R. Additionally, he made up pamphlets describing a supposed "Sudden Amnesia Disease," with sufferers known as "S.A.D. cases." In actuality, S.A.D. was just a smokescreen to attract anyone who was hearing voices from his Whisperer to Nomansan Island, where he would then use the Whisperer to wipe their memories himself, so they wouldn't be a threat.

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* FunWithAcronyms: The Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened becomes L.I.V.E., which becomes, [[SdrawkcabName well... you know.]] In fact, Mr. Curtain seems to be quite fond of acronyms. Had his scheme in the first book succeeded, he would have gotten himself declared "Master "Minister and Secretary of All the Earth's Regions," or M.A.S.T.E.R. Additionally, he made up pamphlets describing a supposed "Sudden Amnesia Disease," with sufferers known as "S.A.D. cases." In actuality, S.A.D. was just a smokescreen to attract anyone who was hearing voices from his Whisperer to Nomansan Island, where he would then use the Whisperer to wipe their memories himself, so they wouldn't be a threat.
17th Sep '16 7:56:42 PM JMQwilleran
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* ChildProdigy: 4 (Constance, Reynie, Sticky, Kate) in the main series, Mr. Benedict as a child in the prequel. Additionally, Rhonda Kazembe and No. 2 ''were'' this, but they grew up and thus couldn't be part of the team that Mr. Benedict wanted to form.

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* ChildProdigy: 4 (Constance, Reynie, Sticky, Kate) in the main series, Mr. Benedict as a child in the prequel. Additionally, Rhonda Kazembe and No. 2 ''were'' this, but they grew up and thus couldn't be part of the team that Mr. Benedict wanted to form. It's also strongly hinted that Mr. Curtain was this as well.
16th Sep '16 5:02:38 PM JMQwilleran
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* ThoughtAversionFailure: Mr. Curtain has programmed the Whisperer to detect surface thoughts because he knows that fears lurk close to the surface and are easy to detect. When they take their first turns in the Whisperer, Reynie and Sticky try to hide certain stuff, as they're afraid that Mr. Curtain can detect their thoughts. It's fortunate that they can't, as they have no success in hiding them.

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* ThoughtAversionFailure: Mr. Curtain has programmed the Whisperer to detect surface thoughts because he knows that fears lurk close to the surface and are easy to detect. When they take their first turns in the Whisperer, Reynie and Sticky try to hide certain stuff, as they're afraid that Mr. Curtain can detect their thoughts. It's fortunate that they he can't, as they have no success in hiding them.
16th Sep '16 5:01:27 PM JMQwilleran
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* ThoughtAversionFailure: Mr. Curtain has programmed the Whisperer to detect surface thoughts because he knows that fears lurk close to the surface and are easy to detect. When they take their first turns in the Whisperer, Reynie and Sticky try to hide certain stuff, as they're afraid that Mr. Curtain can detect their thoughts. It's fortunate that they can't, as they have no success in hiding them.
-->''Reynard Muldoon, what do you fear most?'' ''Spiders'', Reynie lied, trying to regain some control. Spiders made Reynie nervous, but he wasn't afraid of them. Certainly they were not what he feared most. That was something he didn't want the Whisperer to know. But responding to Reynie's involuntary answer, the Whisperer said, ''Don't worry. [[YouAreNotAlone You are not alone.]]''
31st Aug '16 11:23:20 PM JMQwilleran
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* ArgumentumAdNauseam: This is a favorite of Constance's; if she can't get what she want, then, if possible, she'll just argue and argue until she wears the other side down. It's actually instrumental in the first book in her part in defeating Mr. Curtain's Whisperer. As she starts to grow up, however, she begins to realize the problems with it, such as when she uses her powerful mental abilities to "convince" Sticky to give her his ice cream, but suffers intense flu-like symptoms as a result.

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* ArgumentumAdNauseam: ArgumentumAdNauseam
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This is a favorite of Constance's; if she can't get what she want, then, if possible, she'll just argue and argue until she wears the other side down. It's actually instrumental in the first book in her part in defeating Mr. Curtain's Whisperer. As she starts to grow up, however, she begins to realize the problems with it, such as when she uses her powerful mental abilities to "convince" Sticky to give her his ice cream, but suffers intense flu-like symptoms as a result.result.
** Similarly, Mr. Curtain's messages broadcasts from the Whisperer are this on a subconscious level. He broadcasts the same set of messages over and over, repeated in children's voices in a subconscious part of the mind, until people are brainwashed into believing that things are out of control, but that they must obey the Institute and that Mr. Curtain will protect them.
5th Jul '16 3:46:44 PM Pichu-kun
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* AgonyOfTheFeet: This happens to S.Q. Pedalian in ''Perilous Journey'' when he drops a metal box on his foot after being insulted by [=McCracken=], leader of the Ten Men. Poor guy also closes his huge feet in doors a lot.

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* AgonyOfTheFeet: AgonyOfTheFeet:
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This happens to S.Q. Pedalian in ''Perilous Journey'' when he drops a metal box on his foot after being insulted by [=McCracken=], leader of the Ten Men. Poor guy also closes his huge feet in doors a lot.



* CircusBrat: Kate

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* CircusBrat: KateKate ran away from an orphanage to a circus.



** Kate: "I've always thought that was a funny expression, because how well do people really know the backs of their hands? Honestly, can anyone here tell me exactly what the back of your hand looks like?"

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** Kate: -->'''Kate''': "I've always thought that was a funny expression, because how well do people really know the backs of their hands? Honestly, can anyone here tell me exactly what the back of your hand looks like?"



* FirstNameBasis: Even after Kate learns that Milligan is her father, she still refers to him as "Milligan." This may be either because after so long without him in her life she is just more comfortable referring to him this way, or being Kate, she simply doesn't hold with using appellations like "Dad" or "Daddy."

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* FirstNameBasis: Even after Kate learns that Milligan [[spoiler:Milligan]] is her father, she still refers to him as "Milligan."[[spoiler:Milligan]]." This may be either because after so long without him in her life she is just more comfortable referring to him this way, or being Kate, she simply doesn't hold with using appellations like "Dad" or "Daddy."



* NoTimeToExplain: Reynie uses this Joe "Cannonball" Shooter in ''The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey'' to fend off his questions about why he and the others have shown up at the dock with no adults; it works quite easily since Cannonball is the type that is always on the move and is perfectly happy to not quibble over the finer details.

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* NoTimeToExplain: NoTimeToExplain:
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Reynie uses this Joe "Cannonball" Shooter in ''The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey'' to fend off his questions about why he and the others have shown up at the dock with no adults; it works quite easily since Cannonball is the type that is always on the move and is perfectly happy to not quibble over the finer details.



* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Sticky and Number Two.
** Their real names are George and [[spoiler:Pencilla]], respectively

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: OnlyKnownByTheirNickname:
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Sticky and Number Two.
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Two. Their real names are George and [[spoiler:Pencilla]], respectively



* PhotographicMemory: Both George "Sticky" Washington and Mr. Benedict possess an eidetic memory and are able to quickly scan through through books and then quote the contents from memory. Mr. Benedict is only shown demonstrating it in the prequel book ''The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict'', but it does bring to mind a scene from the original book. Reynie is in Mr. Benedict's study, admiring all the books there, and asks Mr. Benedict if he's read all the books. Mr. Benedict replies "My dear boy, what do you think?"

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* PhotographicMemory: PhotographicMemory:
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Both George "Sticky" Washington and Mr. Benedict possess an eidetic memory and are able to quickly scan through through books and then quote the contents from memory. Mr. Benedict is only shown demonstrating it in the prequel book ''The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict'', but it does bring to mind a scene from the original book. Reynie is in Mr. Benedict's study, admiring all the books there, and asks Mr. Benedict if he's read all the books. Mr. Benedict replies "My dear boy, what do you think?"



* RedBaron: The various names of the Ten Men, including Sharpe, Garrote and the leader, [=McCracken=]. It's never specified for absolute certain that these aren't their real names, but it seems most likely that they're code names.
** Interestingly and fittingly, many of the Ten Men have names related to pain and torture, such as Hertz and Garrotte. Given that many characters have [[PunnyName punny names]], they may or may not be real names.

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* RedBaron: The various names of the Ten Men, including Sharpe, Garrote and the leader, [=McCracken=]. It's never specified for absolute certain that these aren't their real names, but it seems most likely that they're code names.
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names. Interestingly and fittingly, many of the Ten Men have names related to pain and torture, such as Hertz and Garrotte. Given that many characters have [[PunnyName punny names]], they may or may not be real names.



* {{Room101}}: The Waiting Room, which is so horrible that even those who have never been there cringe in fear of it. [[spoiler: Sticky gets sent there, and it's just a pitch-black room full of mud and insects; nevertheless, he is nearly broken by it. Later, Milligan gets captured and sent to it, and it turns out to work to the party's advantage. He is able to hold his breath, sink down through the mud, and escape.]]
* TheRunaway: Three of the four main characters are runaways. Constance's situation is never explained in detail. Sticky ran away from overbearing parents, and Kate joined the circus after her father disappeared. [[spoiler: In the end, Constance gets adopted, Sticky goes back to his very worried parents, and Kate's DisappearedDad gets a LukeIAmYourFather.]]
** [[spoiler: It's now been revealed that Constance was an orphan who ran away from the orphanage in order to avoid the Ten Men.]]

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* {{Room101}}: {{Room 101}}: The Waiting Room, which is so horrible that even those who have never been there cringe in fear of it. [[spoiler: Sticky gets sent there, and it's just a pitch-black room full of mud and insects; nevertheless, he is nearly broken by it. Later, Milligan gets captured and sent to it, and it turns out to work to the party's advantage. He is able to hold his breath, sink down through the mud, and escape.]]
* TheRunaway: Three of the four main characters are runaways. Constance's situation is never explained Constance [[spoiler:was an orphan who ran away from the orphanage in detail. order to avoid the Ten Men.]] Sticky ran away from overbearing parents, parents and Kate joined the circus after her father disappeared. [[spoiler: In the end, Constance gets adopted, Sticky goes back to his very worried parents, and Kate's DisappearedDad gets a LukeIAmYourFather.]]
** [[spoiler: It's now been revealed that Constance was an orphan who ran away from the orphanage in order to avoid the Ten Men.
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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Sticky is sometimes subject to this and once had a girlfriend break up with him because he remarked upon her pulchritude. (She wouldn't believe him when he said that it means "beauty.")

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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: SesquipedalianLoquaciousness:
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Sticky is sometimes subject to this and once had a girlfriend break up with him because he remarked upon her pulchritude. (She wouldn't believe him when he said that it means "beauty.")



* TakeAThirdOption: In ''The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey'', Milligan is chained to a beam with his only weapon being a laser pointer that has only one shot. He is given the choice of either surrendering peacefully or using his one shot to attack one of the Ten Men. He takes a third option by using the one shot to break the chain holding him.

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* TakeAThirdOption: TakeAThirdOption:
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In ''The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey'', Milligan is chained to a beam with his only weapon being a laser pointer that has only one shot. He is given the choice of either surrendering peacefully or using his one shot to attack one of the Ten Men. He takes a third option by using the one shot to break the chain holding him.



* YouRemindMeOfX: In the first book, Mr. Curtain tells Reynie that he reminds him of himself as a child, which can hardly be pleasing for reynie.

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* YouRemindMeOfX: In the first book, Mr. Curtain tells Reynie that he reminds him of himself as a child, which can hardly be pleasing for reynie.Reynie.
26th May '16 2:31:58 PM YpsiFang
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* EvilCripple: Mr. Curtain [[spoiler:Averted because he merely uses the wheelchair to hide his narcolepsy.]]

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* EvilCripple: Mr. Curtain [[spoiler:Averted Curtain. [[spoiler:Subverted because he merely uses the wheelchair to hide his narcolepsy.]]
12th Apr '16 7:29:53 PM JMQwilleran
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* PhonyPsychic: In ''The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict'', Nicholas Benedict uses his prodigious memory and talent for observing human behavior patterns to pass himself off as psychic at the orphanage at Rothschild's Inn. His tricks include quickly memorizing the names of everyone there, memorizing the entire layout of the building and seeming predict future events based on his observations of past behavior. He easily fools the younger children, though the older ones remain skeptical.
23rd Mar '16 12:28:32 AM JMQwilleran
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* HiddenPurposeTest: The second exam consists of 40 multiple-choice questions that are absurdly complicated and deal with information no child would usually know. [[spoiler: The purpose of the test is not to see what the children know but how well they follow directions. At the beginning they're told to read every question before answering. Reynie takes the instructions literally and reads the whole test before answering any questions, and discovers that the answer to each question is hidden in another question in the same exam. ]]

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* HiddenPurposeTest: The second exam consists of 40 multiple-choice questions that are absurdly complicated and deal with information no child would usually know. The children are told that they must correctly answer ''every'' question in order to pass the exam. [[spoiler: The purpose of the test is not to see what the children know but how well they follow directions. At the beginning they're told to read every question before answering. Reynie takes the instructions literally and reads the whole test before answering any questions, and discovers that the answer to each question is hidden in another question in the same exam. Sticky passes by shocking the examiner by answering almost all of the questions correctly without figuring out the trick, missing the last few only because he ran out of time and got nervous.]]
22nd Mar '16 9:10:28 AM JMQwilleran
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* FantasticFlora: Unusual plants play a large part in the Mysterious Benedict Society's adventures, thanks in part to Sticky's particular talent for recognizing the obscure plants he's read about in his books. In the original ''The Mysterious Benedict Society'' books, he discovers the traps on Nomansan Island thanks to them being hidden by drapeweed, a rare shade loving type of ivy. Later, it's Sticky's having spotted a patch of "wild chuck-root" (Euphorbia upchucuanhae) that helps the group in their plans, when they use it to give a bellyache to pretty much everyone in the Institute so that Reynie and Sticky can get their turns in the Whisperer sooner. The second book is itself focused largely around Mr. Benedict and his evil twin's attempts to acquire another rare plant, duskwort, which has the potential to cure their narcolepsy when mixed when other substances. In its normal form, however, it's an extremely potent plant that, when burned, releases smoke that can put entire villages to sleep, but it only thrives under very specific conditions. However, it it easily overtaken by thwart-wort, a clever mimic that looks just like it, but has none of the same useful chemical properties.

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* FantasticFlora: Unusual plants play a large part in the Mysterious Benedict Society's adventures, thanks in part to Sticky's particular talent for recognizing the obscure plants he's read about in his books. In the original ''The Mysterious Benedict Society'' books, book, he discovers the traps on Nomansan Island thanks to them being hidden by drapeweed, a rare shade loving type of ivy. Later, it's Sticky's having spotted a patch of "wild chuck-root" (Euphorbia upchucuanhae) that helps the group in their plans, when they use it to give a bellyache to pretty much everyone in the Institute so that Reynie and Sticky can get their turns in the Whisperer sooner. The second book is itself focused largely around Mr. Benedict and his evil twin's attempts to acquire another rare plant, duskwort, which has the potential to cure their narcolepsy when mixed when other substances. In its normal form, however, it's an extremely potent plant that, when burned, releases smoke that can put entire villages to sleep, but it only thrives under very specific conditions. However, it it easily overtaken by thwart-wort, a clever mimic that looks just like it, but has none of the same useful chemical properties.
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