History Literature / TheMysteriousBenedictSociety

6th Jan '17 4:19:54 PM JMQwilleran
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* SecretTestOfCharacter: The kids are told that if they bring more than one Number Two pencil to the second exam, or that if they are late, they would automatically fail. Outside the test building is a girl begging for help because she dropped her pencil down a sewer grate. The protagonist [[spoiler: breaks his pencil and gives the girl the other half.]] As an additional test, the girl then claims to have a cheat sheet, which she offers to share.

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* SecretTestOfCharacter: SecretTestOfCharacter
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The kids are told that if they bring more than one Number Two pencil to the second exam, or that if they are late, they would automatically fail. Outside the test building is a girl begging for help because she dropped her pencil down a sewer grate. The protagonist [[spoiler: breaks his pencil and gives the girl the other half.]] As an additional test, the girl then claims to have a cheat sheet, which she offers to share.share.
** Additionally, after completing the first test, Reynie wants to call his tutor, Miss Perumal as instructed to let her know everything is okay, but is told there is no phone. After a series of additional deceptions regarding this in which Reynie stands firm, he is informed that Miss Perumal has already been contacted by the instructor, and given a message that could only be from her. It's later revealed that these deceptions were actually a test of his character, to see if he would stand firm, though by the time this is revealed, he had already figured that out on his own anyway.
15th Nov '16 8:02:32 PM JMQwilleran
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In the original ''The Mysterious Benedict Society'' book, Mr. Curtain's Whisperer invention actually provides Reynie with the encouragement he needs to resist it. The Whisperer is designed to soothe fears by simply telling those in it soothing messages. Reynie's fear, however, is of being alone, and of being so because he's betrayed his friends. It tells him that he would never betray his friends, that he's strong enough, which is exactly what Reynie needs to hear to ''not'' betray them by holding out against the Whisperer until help can come.
28th Oct '16 3:24:18 PM dlchen145
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* BadAss: Milligan. [[spoiler: It must run in the family, as Kate is nearing this.]]
22nd Oct '16 11:00:42 PM JMQwilleran
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* NoseTapping: This is a signature gesture of Mr. Benedict throughout the series, however, Mr. Benedict generally taps his nose to indicate that ''someone else'' is right.
-->''"Do you think that's what happens to him, (Mr. Curtain) too? Do you think that's why he's so obsessed with controlling things?" Mr. Benedict tapped his nose. "Very astute, Reynie. I've often wondered that myself."''
14th Oct '16 7:25:39 PM JMQwilleran
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* PaperThinDisguise: In ''The Perilous Journey'', Kate manages one by removing her from its ponytail, wearing Sticky's spectacles, ''not'' wearing her usual red bucket and moving in a shuffling gait that is completely at odds with her normal swiftness. While it ultimately doesn't fool Jillson, it does buy the Mysterious Benedict Society time.

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* PaperThinDisguise: In ''The Perilous Journey'', Kate manages a spur-of-the-moment one by removing her hair from its ponytail, wearing Sticky's spectacles, ''not'' wearing her usual red bucket and moving in a shuffling gait that is completely at odds with her normal swiftness. While it ultimately doesn't fool Jillson, it does buy the Mysterious Benedict Society time.
14th Oct '16 7:23:58 PM JMQwilleran
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* PaperThinDisguise: In ''The Perilous Journey'', Kate manages one by removing her from its ponytail, wearing Sticky's spectacles, ''not'' wearing her usual red bucket and moving in a shuffling gait that is completely at odds with her normal swiftness. While it ultimately doesn't fool Jillson, it does buy the Mysterious Benedict Society time.
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.]]''
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