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20th Feb '18 8:38:43 AM Roo
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* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Maybeth has blonde hair, and when you get past her shyness she's probably the sweetest and kindest of the Tillerman children.
20th Feb '18 6:36:55 AM Roo
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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.

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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's telling that in the first conversation she has with the children, she's incapable of talking about anything or anyone other than herself. As they stay with her, it becomes clear she's doing it accepted them 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.
20th Feb '18 5:09:32 AM Roo
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* TurnOutLikeHisFather: A variant with Maybeth. Of the four Tillerman siblings, she is the most like their mother, and Dicey and James do on occasion worry that Maybeth might end up just like her -- unable to cope with the world. Luckily, as she gets older, she doesn't seem to be heading down that path.

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* TurnOutLikeHisFather: A variant with Maybeth. Of the four Tillerman siblings, she Maybeth is the most like their mother, and Dicey and James do on occasion worry that Maybeth she might end up just like her Liza -- unable to cope with the world. Luckily, as she gets older, she doesn't seem to be heading down that path.
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* TurnOutLikeHisFather: A variant with Maybeth. Of the four Tillerman siblings, she is the most like their mother, and Dicey and James do on occasion worry that Maybeth might end up just like her -- unable to cope with the world. Luckily, as she gets older, she doesn't seem to be heading down that path.
20th Feb '18 4:51:19 AM Roo
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* HiddenDepths: Just about every single character in the series, to some degree. One of the central themes, especially in ''Dicey's Song'' is that nobody is exactly who he or she appears to be on the surface.

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* HiddenDepths: Just about every single character in the series, to some degree. One of the central themes, especially in ''Dicey's Song'' Song'', is that nobody is exactly who he or she appears to be on the surface.
12th Jun '16 6:07:21 AM SaraJaye
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* JerkAss[=/=]AbusiveParents: John Tillerman Sr. in ''The Runner''.



* Sammy in ''Homecoming'' and ''Dicey's Song.'' Justified because he's six. This doesn't go well either; Dicey observes that when Sammy and Momma interact, they sound like two six-year-olds talking, not a six-year-old and his mom.

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* ** Sammy in ''Homecoming'' and ''Dicey's Song.'' Justified because he's six. This doesn't go well either; Dicey observes that when Sammy and Momma interact, they sound like two six-year-olds talking, not a six-year-old and his mom.
11th Jun '16 5:02:49 PM EnglishGuruLady
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* AbusiveParents: John Tillerman Sr.
* AdultsAreUseless: The Tillerman kids initially believe a variant of this. In their minds, all adults who don't know them well will try to split them up, or at least won't understand what they need. Thus they, especially Dicey, feel they must look out for themselves even after adults take on roles in their lives.
11th Jun '16 4:59:09 PM EnglishGuruLady
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* Sammy in ''Homecoming'' and ''Dicey's Song.'' Justified because he's six. This doesn't go well either; Dicey observes that when Sammy and Momma interact, they sound like two six-year-olds talking, not a six-year-old and his mom.
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.
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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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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: At the end of ''Dicey's Song'', there's mention of Abigail's oldest son John Jr. and the possibility of getting into contact with him in the future. This plot point is never brought up in any subsequent books focusing on the family.
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