History Literature / TheTillermanFamilySeries

9th Dec '15 2:48:12 PM EnglishGuruLady
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* PrecociousCrush: In ''Come a Stranger,'' Mina Smiths had one on Tamer Shipp, a young minister visiting her church for a summer.
7th Dec '15 1:26:40 PM SaraJaye
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* OutOfFocus: Maybeth in ''Seventeen Against the Dealer.'' Somewhat justified in that the main plot concerns Dicey, but at that point we hadn't seen her at all since ''Dicey's Song,'' and she would have gotten considerably older. This trope leaves a lot of unanswered questions about Maybeth, such as how or if she continued to cope with school and if her musical talents blossomed into anything significant. ** It doesn't help that out of the four Tillermans, Maybeth is the only one without a plot focused on her at all.
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* OutOfFocus: Maybeth in ''Seventeen Against the Dealer.'' Somewhat justified in that the main plot concerns Dicey, but at that point we hadn't seen her at all much since ''Dicey's Song,'' and she would have gotten considerably older. (she appears in ''Sons From Afar'', but in a very tiny role. This trope leaves a lot of unanswered questions about Maybeth, such as how or if she continued to cope with school and if her musical talents blossomed into anything significant. ** significant. It doesn't help that out of the four Tillermans, Maybeth is the only one without a plot focused on her at all.

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* OutOfFocus: Maybeth in ''Seventeen Against WhatHappenedToTheMouse: At the Dealer.'' Somewhat justified in that the main plot concerns Dicey, but at that point we hadn't seen her at all since end of ''Dicey's Song,'' Song'', there's mention of Abigail's oldest son John Jr. and she would have gotten considerably older. the possibility of getting into contact with him in the future. This trope leaves a lot of unanswered questions about Maybeth, such as how or if she continued to cope with school and if her musical talents blossomed into anything significant. ** It doesn't help that out of the four Tillermans, Maybeth is the only one without a plot focused point is never brought up in any subsequent books focusing on her at all.the family.
7th Dec '15 11:31:29 AM EnglishGuruLady
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**It doesn't help that out of the four Tillermans, Maybeth is the only one without a plot focused on her at all.
7th Dec '15 11:30:13 AM EnglishGuruLady
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* OutOfFocus: Maybeth in ''Seventeen Against the Dealer.'' Somewhat justified in that the main plot concerns Dicey, but at that point we hadn't seen her at all since ''Dicey's Song,'' and she would have gotten considerably older. This trope leaves a lot of unanswered questions about Maybeth, such as how or if she continued to cope with school and if her musical talents blossomed into anything significant.
7th Dec '15 11:26:34 AM EnglishGuruLady
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**Subverted, then double subverted, with Maybeth's music teacher, Isaac Lingerele. He's obese, so the kids naturally expect him to eat a lot when he comes for dinner, but he just picks at his food. When Sammy points this out, much to his Gram and siblings' chagrin, Isaac explains that eating in front of others makes him nervous, so when he's a guest, he nibbles. Then he goes home and stuffs himself. It's a bit of a TearJerker when you think about it.
25th Apr '15 3:56:33 PM SaraJaye
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* MamasBoy: Jeff, as a child and an early teenager. It doesn't end well.
25th Apr '15 3:51:34 PM SaraJaye
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* BrokenPedestal: Jeff suffers this with his mother Melody when she reveals the sweet, sunny, loving woman he pledged his devotion to is a selfish runabout.

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** Jeff Greene, after a fight with his mother that reveals her true, selfish nature. He's so depressed he stops going to school and his father ultimately moves them to Anapolis to get him a fresh start.

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** Melody Boudrault, Jeff's mother, qualifies as this. Despite her constant chatter about wanting to make the world a better place it's clear her motives are selfish, that she just wants to feel like ''she alone'' is making a difference even if it means abandoning her husband and son. She displays a lot of this during Jeff's second visit to Charleston, causing him to snap and her to hurt him so badly he suffers a HeroicBSOD for several chapters.
27th Jan '14 3:13:25 PM SaraJaye
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* ItsAllAboutMe: Eunice Logan. She appears generous to take the children in after they suddenly arrive on her doorstep, but then it becomes clear she's doing it just so everyone will think she did the right thing. Worse, she makes her plans to separate the children crystal clear despite Dicey explicitly telling her that's the ''one'' thing they're trying to avoid! She even says Sammy must be kept in line because his behavior "shames ''her''" rather than for his own welfare. Dicey ultimately makes the right choice by packing up and getting out of there.
10th Jan '14 9:51:28 AM Roo
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* BigEater: James.
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* BigEater: James. James, especially in ''Homecoming.''

* BrainlessBeauty: Maybeth, the prettiest of the Tillerman siblings, undeservedly has this reputation. She isn't unintelligent, but her learning difficulties combined with her crippling shyness and reluctance to talk to anyone outside the family means that she does poorly in school and is labeled "stupid" by teachers and kids alike. During the childrens' stay with Cousin Eunice, Eunice and her friends also unintentionally build up under this, treating Maybeth like a pretty doll and little more, causing her to withdraw further into herself and resemble more and more the empty-headed doll she's being treated as.
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* BrainlessBeauty: Maybeth, the prettiest of the Tillerman siblings, undeservedly has this reputation. She isn't unintelligent, but reputation; her learning difficulties combined with her crippling shyness and reluctance to talk to anyone outside the family means that she does poorly in school and is labeled "stupid" by teachers and kids alike. During the childrens' children's stay with Cousin Eunice, Eunice and her friends also unintentionally build up under this, the "brainless beauty" image by treating Maybeth like as little more than a pretty doll and little more, doll, causing her to withdraw further into herself and resemble more and more the empty-headed doll she's being treated as. as.

* BrokenBird: Abigail Tillerman
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* BrokenBird: Abigail TillermanTillerman.
6th Dec '13 5:05:53 PM Roo
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* BerserkButton: Sammy does ''not'' like it if his family is insulted. He gets into a lot of fights over this.
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* BerserkButton: Sammy does ''not'' like it if his family is insulted. He gets into a lot of fights over this. Dicey too fought a lot when she was younger, over the same reasons, but when she gets older she's better at controlling herself (she still gets angry, mind, she just doesn't get physical).
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