History Literature / TheRailwayChildren

19th Nov '17 10:15:26 PM danlansdowne
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** Bobbie does the same after learning of her father's fate, not sharing the news with her siblings.
13th Nov '17 3:37:59 PM fruitstripegum
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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Old Gentleman.
16th May '17 9:50:33 AM nombretomado
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* TsaristRussia: The Russian exile.
10th Apr '17 6:46:20 AM fearlessnikki
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* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Phyllis who Bobbie describes as "she means well" but is prone to coming out with odd things.
* AuthorAppeal: Like many of Edith Nesbit's children's stories, this one shows children dealing with sudden poverty as well as the loss of a parent.



** Mother is also a writer, and good enough to sell many stories. She also speaks French.

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** Mother is also a writer, and good enough to sell many stories. She also speaks French.French and acts as a tutor to her children.



* FreeRangeChildren: Since Mother is usually busy writing stories in the house, the children are free to wander around the area.



* ParentsAsPeople: Bobbie slowly starts to realise that her mother is trying to keep the family together and make ends meet after Father is taken away.



* ShipTease: Bobbie and Jim, as the two are similar in age and he's the only young male she gets time with.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: Peter's engine breaking coincides with the family being split up, and foreshadows their eventual situation living by the railway.
* ShipTease: Bobbie and Jim, as the two are similar in age and he's the only young male she gets time with. He holds her hand as he departs on the train, promising to write.



* TwoGirlsAndAGuy: Girls Bobbie and Phyllis, guy Peter.




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* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Through the course of the story Mother works as a writer, translator, teacher and nurse. All without leaving Three Chimneys.


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* CerebusRetcon: A porter jokes about reprimanding the grammar school boys for running through the tunnel. Becomes less funny when Jim gets trapped in the tunnel and nearly loses his leg to a train.


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* GagEcho: In their first morning at Three Chimneys, they find the apple pie Mrs Viney left for them to have the previous night. They express surprise that they're to have supper for breakfast. When Mrs Viney arrives, she says "I see you've found the supper I left for you. Curious time to have it though."


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* RunningGag: After the landslide, the Waterburys are being presented with watches. A brass band is trying to play a routine for them but there's a running gag of them messing up each time they try. They get it right on the fourth try - but everyone has left the station.
9th Apr '17 3:42:17 PM fearlessnikki
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* BrainyBrunette: Bobbie.

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* BrainyBrunette: Bobbie.BrainyBrunette:
** Bobbie in the sense of being very perceptive and quick-thinking.
** Mother is also a writer, and good enough to sell many stories. She also speaks French.



* ChekhovsGunman: The children sort of invoke this as the old gentleman they only know by waving is asked for help several times and turns out to be quite important to the plot later on.

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* ChekhovsGun: The red petticoats Bobbie and Phyllis wear prove very useful when they need to signal that there's been a landslide on the line.
* ChekhovsGunman: The children sort of invoke this as the old gentleman they only know by waving is asked for help several times and turns out to be quite important to the plot later on.



* ClearMyName: [[spoiler: For the father]]

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* ClearMyName: [[spoiler: For the father]]father.]]



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: There's a bit of a CultureClash between the Waterburys and the country people. Mrs Viney leaves the key under the mat because that's what everyone does and she has no reason to believe the Waterburys wouldn't know. The children also get presents for Perks's birthday, not thinking he'd see it as charity.



* ImpoverishedPatrician: The family become this after Father is taken away. They end up moving to a nice house in the countryside, with a woman hired as a cleaning lady. They can't however afford medicine or too many luxuries.
* LastNameBasis: Perks is only called by his last name. Phyllis finds out his first name Albert so they can use it for his birthday.



* MaidenAunt: Aunt Emma, who is unmarried, and is off to India to become a governess.
* MostWritersAreWriters: Mother is a writer and she sells stories to make extra cash.
* NoNameGiven: Mother and Father's names are never revealed.



* ShipTease: Bobbie and Jim.

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* ShipTease: Bobbie and Jim.Jim, as the two are similar in age and he's the only young male she gets time with.
* SliceOfLife: The book is essentially the day-to-day life of the children once they get to the countryside.




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* WHAMEpisode: One chapter has the children witnessing a landslide and the train is in danger of crashing. So they have to tear up their petticoats and try to warn people.



* CastingGag / RemakeCameo: Creator/JennyAgutter as the mother in ITV's remake (she played Bobbie in the original).



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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A scene between Perks and his wife in bed has them close the curtains, with his wife saying "as it's your birthday..."
* KeyUnderTheDoormat: It's remarked that everyone leaves their keys under there when the Waterburys arrive.
* ManlyTears: Bobbie notes that the Russian gentleman looks like he's been crying, and she feels sorry for him. She's even annoyed when the doctor looks like he wants to laugh.
* MoodWhiplash: The dreamy scene of Bobbie getting her birthday presents suddenly turns bittersweet when she says "wouldn't Daddy have loved this?"
* OopNorth: Used by the locals to contrast with the RP of the Waterburys.


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* TeensAreShort: Played straight and averted. In the 1970 film, Phyllis is significantly shorter than Bobbie and her actress was ''twenty'' at the time. However Bobbie is only fifteen (but turns sixteen) and Jenny Agutter is incredibly tall. She's the same height as her mother.
23rd Oct '16 10:29:31 AM nombretomado
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* BritishAccents: The children and their mother have RP accents, the servants are cockney and the country people have northern accents.
29th Jun '16 8:37:21 PM TheFowler4F
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Adapted for stage and screen a number of times; the most recent stage version is currently running at what used to be the Eurostar platforms at London Waterloo station and involves an actual locomotive. %%Descriptions are not recent; if it is after Sept 22, 2015, check to see if the stage show is still running

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Adapted for stage and screen a number of times; the most recent stage version is currently running at what used to be the Eurostar platforms a new purpose built theatre at King's Cross Station in London Waterloo station and involves features an actual locomotive. %%Descriptions are not recent; if it is after Sept 22, 2015, check to see if the stage show is still runningsteam locomotive.
12th Sep '15 11:28:27 AM maxwellsilver
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* DawsonCasting: The actress playing 11-year-old Phyllis in the film was 20 at the time, three years older than Jenny Agutter playing her older sister.



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* SuppressedMammaries
* TooSoon: ITV pulled their airing of the remake three days after the Ufton Nervet rail crash in 2004.
13th May '15 1:10:14 PM HersheleOstropoler
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Adapted for stage and screen a number of times; the most recent stage version is currently running at what used to be the Eurostar platforms at London Waterloo station and involves an actual locomotive. %%Tropes are not recent; if it is after Sept 22, 2015, check to see if the stage show is still running

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Adapted for stage and screen a number of times; the most recent stage version is currently running at what used to be the Eurostar platforms at London Waterloo station and involves an actual locomotive. %%Tropes %%Descriptions are not recent; if it is after Sept 22, 2015, check to see if the stage show is still running
13th May '15 1:08:05 PM HersheleOstropoler
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Adapted for stage and screen a number of times; the most recent stage version is currently running at what used to be the Eurostar platforms at London Waterloo station and involves an actual locomotive.

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Adapted for stage and screen a number of times; the most recent stage version is currently running at what used to be the Eurostar platforms at London Waterloo station and involves an actual locomotive. %%Tropes are not recent; if it is after Sept 22, 2015, check to see if the stage show is still running
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