History Literature / TheWestingGame

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* BigSisterInstinct: Inverted with Turtle, who is extremely protective of her shy older sister Angela. She freaks out when she thinks [[spoiler:Theo]] knows Angela's [[spoiler:the bomber]], so Turtle takes the blame for [[spoiler:all the bombings]] to protect Angela. On the other hand, Angela cares a great deal for Turtle too, [[spoiler:and gets herself hurt when she yanks the third bomb away from Turtle's face.]]

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* BigSisterInstinct: Inverted with Turtle, who is extremely protective of her shy older sister Angela. She freaks out when she thinks [[spoiler:Theo]] knows Angela's [[spoiler:the bomber]], so Turtle takes the blame for [[spoiler:all the bombings]] to protect Angela. On the other hand, Angela cares a great deal for Turtle too, [[spoiler:and gets herself hurt when she yanks the third bomb away from Turtle's face.]]face]].



** Jake Wexler, the podiatrist, is also [[spoiler:a bookie]], though this is only mentioned in passing once or twice. At the end of the book, [[spoiler:Ford pulls strings to have him appointed to a government panel determining whether to set up a state lottery.]] The epilogues reveal that he later becomes [[spoiler:State Gambling Commissioner]], and finally the [[spoiler:state ''crime'' commissioner]].

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** Jake Wexler, the podiatrist, is also [[spoiler:a bookie]], though this is only mentioned in passing once or twice. At the end of the book, [[spoiler:Ford pulls strings to have him appointed to a government panel determining whether to set up a state lottery.]] lottery]]. The epilogues reveal that he later becomes [[spoiler:State Gambling Commissioner]], and finally the [[spoiler:state ''crime'' commissioner]].



* CassandraTruth: "It's not what you have, it's what you don't have that counts." No one even thinks about that until the final meeting, and they still misinterpret it, and yet it was completely accurate. The goal of the Westing Game was [[spoiler: to deduce the fourth alias used by Sam Westing, three of which were known acquaintances of all the players]], although the players didn't know [[spoiler: those people were alter egos of Sam's]]. Once the winner of the game figured out what the real goal was, it was very easy.

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* CassandraTruth: "It's not what you have, it's what you don't have that counts." No one even thinks about that until the final meeting, and they still misinterpret it, and yet it was completely accurate. The goal of the Westing Game was [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to deduce the fourth alias used by Sam Westing, three of which were known acquaintances of all the players]], although the players didn't know [[spoiler: those [[spoiler:those people were alter egos of Sam's]]. Once the winner of the game figured out what the real goal was, it was very easy.



** Judge Ford recalls that during her final chess game with Sam Westing, he tricked her into letting him checkmate by giving her the opportunity to take his queen. She later draws a parallel between the "Queen's Sacrifice" and the Westing Game, [[spoiler:since exposing Crow as a murderer would distract most of the heirs from the real objective.]]

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** Judge Ford recalls that during her final chess game with Sam Westing, he tricked her into letting him checkmate by giving her the opportunity to take his queen. She later draws a parallel between the "Queen's Sacrifice" and the Westing Game, [[spoiler:since exposing Crow as a murderer would distract most of the heirs from the real objective.]] objective]].



* TheCoroner: Sikes, [[spoiler: who is an important accomplice to Westing's scheme]].

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* TheCoroner: Sikes, [[spoiler: who [[spoiler:who is an important accomplice to Westing's scheme]].



** Turtle has to face death: first by [[spoiler: finding Westing's (fake) dead body]], then by [[spoiler: witnessing the (fake) fatal collapse of her doorman friend Sandy]], and finally (as a grown woman) by [[spoiler: staying at the bedside of the (really) dying Mr. Eastman.]].
** The deaths of [[spoiler: James Hoo, Berthe Crow, and Otis Amber]] are mentioned as well during the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue. They all died of old age, and not much emotional hay is made of their passing.

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** Turtle has to face death: first by [[spoiler: finding [[spoiler:finding Westing's (fake) dead body]], then by [[spoiler: witnessing [[spoiler:witnessing the (fake) fatal collapse of her doorman friend Sandy]], and finally (as a grown woman) by [[spoiler: staying [[spoiler:staying at the bedside of the (really) dying Mr. Eastman.]].
Eastman]].
** The deaths of [[spoiler: James [[spoiler:James Hoo, Berthe Crow, and Otis Amber]] are mentioned as well during the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue. They all died of old age, and not much emotional hay is made of their passing.



* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Prior to the final meeting of the game, Jake and Grace Wexler fill out their forms under the influence of alcohol, causing Jake to list his position as "bookie" and Grace to include her EmbarrassingMiddleName. Or so they assume. It's possible that [[spoiler: Sandy]] altered their forms.

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* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Prior to the final meeting of the game, Jake and Grace Wexler fill out their forms under the influence of alcohol, causing Jake to list his position as "bookie" and Grace to include her EmbarrassingMiddleName. Or so they assume. It's possible that [[spoiler: Sandy]] [[spoiler:Sandy]] altered their forms.



* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Sam Westing. TWICE.]]

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* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Sam [[spoiler:Sam Westing. TWICE.]]TWICE]].



* {{Irony}}: For the entire book, Grace claims she is the only true heir of Sam Westing. With her maiden/middle name having been [[spoiler: "Windkloppel", the same as Westing's real name]], it seems she, and by extension Angela and Turtle, ''are'' the only actual blood relatives among the heirs. (In fact, [[spoiler: Westing/Sandy/Eastman calls Grace "my niece"]] during the epilogue.)

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* {{Irony}}: For the entire book, Grace claims she is the only true heir of Sam Westing. With her maiden/middle name having been [[spoiler: "Windkloppel", [[spoiler:"Windkloppel", the same as Westing's real name]], it seems she, and by extension Angela and Turtle, ''are'' the only actual blood relatives among the heirs. (In fact, [[spoiler: Westing/Sandy/Eastman [[spoiler:Westing/Sandy/Eastman calls Grace "my niece"]] during the epilogue.)



* LocationThemeNaming: [[spoiler:Windy Windkloppel]] and [[spoiler:his various aliases]] scattering to the four winds... [[spoiler:[=WESTing, NORTHrup, EASTman, and McSOUTHers=].]]

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* LocationThemeNaming: [[spoiler:Windy Windkloppel]] and [[spoiler:his various aliases]] scattering to the four winds... [[spoiler:[=WESTing, NORTHrup, EASTman, and McSOUTHers=].]]McSOUTHers=]]].



* MeaningfulName: "I am [[spoiler: Berthe Erica Crow]]. I am the answer and I am the winner."
* MissedTheCall: It's revealed that [[spoiler: Sydelle Pulaski]] was the "mistake". The intended heir was a person named [[spoiler: ''Sybil'' Pulaski]], but the PI screwed up and found [[spoiler: Sydelle]] instead.

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* MeaningfulName: "I am [[spoiler: Berthe [[spoiler:Berthe Erica Crow]]. I am the answer and I am the winner."
* MissedTheCall: It's revealed that [[spoiler: Sydelle [[spoiler:Sydelle Pulaski]] was the "mistake". The intended heir was a person named [[spoiler: ''Sybil'' [[spoiler:''Sybil'' Pulaski]], but the PI screwed up and found [[spoiler: Sydelle]] [[spoiler:Sydelle]] instead.



* PrivateDetective: Judge Ford hires one to investigate the other heirs, in hope of figuring out what Westing was up to. [[spoiler:The detective is Otis Amber, who's secretly been working for Westing (under two names) as well as Judge Ford.]]

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* PrivateDetective: Judge Ford hires one to investigate the other heirs, in hope of figuring out what Westing was up to. [[spoiler:The detective is Otis Amber, who's secretly been working for Westing (under two names) as well as Judge Ford.]]Ford]].



* SmallReferencePools: Used by the characters; except for one joke vote, everyone thinks the quote "May God thy gold refine" comes from either Shakespeare or the Bible. [[spoiler:It's actually from a lesser-known verse of "America the Beautiful", and is a clue.]]

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* SmallReferencePools: Used by the characters; except for one joke vote, everyone thinks the quote "May God thy gold refine" comes from either Shakespeare or the Bible. [[spoiler:It's actually from a lesser-known verse of "America the Beautiful", and is a clue.]]clue]].



* ThemedAliases: The big reveal surrounds someone's aliases selected by this trope: [[spoiler: Windy Windkloppel chose the aliases "Sam '''West'''ing", "Barney '''North'''rup", "Sandy [=Mc=]'''South'''ers" and "Julian R. '''East'''man".]]

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* ThemedAliases: The big reveal surrounds someone's aliases selected by this trope: [[spoiler: Windy [[spoiler:Windy Windkloppel chose the aliases "Sam '''West'''ing", "Barney '''North'''rup", "Sandy [=Mc=]'''South'''ers" and "Julian R. '''East'''man".]]'''East'''man"]].



* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The back cover proclaims that only two people have all the clues to the mystery: a Westing heir and you (the reader). This gives away the fact that one of the heirs is secretly [[spoiler: Sam Westing himself]].

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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The back cover proclaims that only two people have all the clues to the mystery: a Westing heir and you (the reader). This gives away the fact that one of the heirs is secretly [[spoiler: Sam [[spoiler:Sam Westing himself]].



** During the reading of the will, Sandy [=McSouthers=] makes a joke, cutting off the lawyer before the last word in the third section is read. We never do find out what the last word is... [[spoiler:because there is no last word]]; the will actually reads, [[spoiler: "The one who wins the windfall will be the one who finds the... FOURTH;"]] referring to [[spoiler: the fourth identity of Westing himself.]]

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** During the reading of the will, Sandy [=McSouthers=] makes a joke, cutting off the lawyer before the last word in the third section is read. We never do find out what the last word is... [[spoiler:because there is no last word]]; the will actually reads, [[spoiler: "The [[spoiler:"The one who wins the windfall will be the one who finds the... FOURTH;"]] referring to [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the fourth identity of Westing himself.]]himself]].



* WhamLine: "Please [[spoiler: place your gun in the custody of the court]]."

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* WhamLine: "Please [[spoiler: place [[spoiler:place your gun in the custody of the court]]."



** Grace's maiden name has changed from "Windkloppel" to "Klopplehoff". She also doesn't use a fake maiden name, [[spoiler:and admits to Turtle that she felt disgusted when Sam Westing dropped that name.]]

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** Grace's maiden name has changed from "Windkloppel" to "Klopplehoff". She also doesn't use a fake maiden name, [[spoiler:and admits to Turtle that she felt disgusted when Sam Westing dropped that name.]]name]].



** Sam Westing was the one who [[spoiler:forced his and Crow's daughter into the ArrangedMarriage]], and [[spoiler:made Crow the prime suspect of the game]] because [[spoiler:he felt bitter at her, for not trying to cancel the marriage before their child became DrivenToSuicide.]]

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** Sam Westing was the one who [[spoiler:forced his and Crow's daughter into the ArrangedMarriage]], and [[spoiler:made Crow the prime suspect of the game]] because [[spoiler:he felt bitter at her, for not trying to cancel the marriage before their child became DrivenToSuicide.]]DrivenToSuicide]].



* EurekaMoment: [[spoiler:Turtle]] realizes that the clues [[spoiler: could form a song by putting the words "fruited" and "plain" together.]]
* FamousLastWords: When [[spoiler: Sandy]] "[[FakingTheDead drops dead]]" after the reading of the second half of the will, he whispers to Turtle, [[spoiler: "You've been playing the wrong game."]] This prompts Turtle to read the will herself, and discover the ''real'' goal: [[spoiler:"The heir who wins the windfall will be the one who finds the fourth."]]

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* EurekaMoment: [[spoiler:Turtle]] realizes that the clues [[spoiler: could [[spoiler:could form a song by putting the words "fruited" and "plain" together.]]
together]].
* FamousLastWords: When [[spoiler: Sandy]] [[spoiler:Sandy]] "[[FakingTheDead drops dead]]" after the reading of the second half of the will, he whispers to Turtle, [[spoiler: "You've [[spoiler:"You've been playing the wrong game."]] This prompts Turtle to read the will herself, and discover the ''real'' goal: [[spoiler:"The heir who wins the windfall will be the one who finds the fourth."]]
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* GenerationXerox[=/=]MistakenIdentity: Angela's ArrangedMarriage echoes [[spoiler:Violet Westing's]], which at one point causes TheOphelia [[spoiler:Crow]] to think [[spoiler:she ''is'' Violet]], and to treat her like a daughter all the same. Considering [[spoiler:Grace may actually be related to Westing after all]], this may not be far from the truth.


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* MistakenIdentity: Angela's ArrangedMarriage echoes [[spoiler:Violet Westing's]], which at one point causes TheOphelia [[spoiler:Crow]] to think [[spoiler:she ''is'' Violet]], and to treat her like a daughter all the same. Considering [[spoiler:Grace may actually be related to Westing after all]], this may not be far from the truth.
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* TwoAliasesOneCharacter: Zig-zagged [[spoiler: with ''four'' aliases]].
* TheUnchosenOne: Literal example: [[spoiler: Sydelle Pulaski]] is only included among the heirs ''by accident'', yet [[spoiler: she's]] also the one who [[spoiler: figures out the clues are song lyrics]].

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* TwoAliasesOneCharacter: Zig-zagged [[spoiler: with ''four'' aliases]].
* TheUnchosenOne: Literal example: [[spoiler: Sydelle Pulaski]] is only included among
[[spoiler:Barney Northrup and Sandy [=McSouthers=] are the heirs ''by accident'', yet [[spoiler: she's]] same man, who is also the one who [[spoiler: figures out the clues are song lyrics]].Sam Westing and Julian Eastman]].



* TheWindyCity: Sandy's file on the Hoo family says that James hails from Chicago.
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* Sydelle realizing [[spoiler:the clue words formed "America the Beautiful"]].

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* ** Sydelle realizing [[spoiler:the clue words formed "America the Beautiful"]].
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* ArrangedMarriage: The subtext behind Angela Wexler and Dr. Denton Deere's engagement is that Grace hand-picked a brilliant doctor for her perfect daughter, who went along with it because she's The Good Daughter. It's outright stated that [[spoiler: Westing's wife Crow]] did the same thing with her daughter and a politician, which led to [[spoiler: the daughter's suicide.]]

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* ArrangedMarriage: ArrangedMarriage:
**
The subtext behind Angela Wexler and Dr. Denton Deere's engagement is that Grace hand-picked a brilliant doctor for her perfect daughter, who went along with it because she's The Good Daughter. Daughter.
**
It's outright stated that [[spoiler: Westing's [[spoiler:Westing's wife Crow]] did the same thing with her daughter and a politician, which led to [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the daughter's suicide.]]suicide]].



* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:Angela]] is the bomber. [[spoiler: Madame Hoo]] is the thief.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: BewareTheNiceOnes:
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[[spoiler:Angela]] is the bomber. [[spoiler: Madame bomber.
** [[spoiler:Madame
Hoo]] is the thief.



* ChekhovsGunman: Otis Amber. [[spoiler:Also Sandy/Barney Northrup.]]

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* ChekhovsGunman: ChekhovsGunman:
**
Otis Amber. [[spoiler:Also Sandy/Barney Northrup.]]Amber.
** [[spoiler:Sandy/Barney Northrup]].



* CloudCuckoolander: Otis Amber [[spoiler:appears to be one of these, but it's actually ObfuscatingInsanity]]. In different ways, Sydelle Pulaski and Crow also qualify, the latter even having qualities of TheOphelia.

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* CloudCuckoolander: CloudCuckoolander:
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Otis Amber [[spoiler:appears to be one of these, but it's actually ObfuscatingInsanity]]. In different ways, ObfuscatingInsanity]].
**
Sydelle Pulaski and Crow also qualify, the latter Pulaski.
** Crow,
even having qualities of TheOphelia.



* ConsummateLiar: Westing, and Turtle. [[spoiler:[[InTheBlood Unsurprisingly]].]]

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* ConsummateLiar: Westing, and Turtle. [[spoiler:[[InTheBlood Unsurprisingly]].]]ConsummateLiar:
** Westing.
** Turtle.



* EurekaMoment: Turtle has a very quiet one during the trial. There were also earlier examples, such as Sydelle realizing [[spoiler:the clue words formed "America the Beautiful"]] and Ford realizing Westing had played them with the "Queen's Sacrifice". Numerous RedHerring examples occur also as the various pairs have "breakthroughs" with their clues that they think are the answer. (Examples: "Ed Purple-fruit!", Turtle thinking the clues are the names of stock options they should invest in, Theo thinking the clues form Amber's name and the chemical formula for an explosive...)

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* EurekaMoment: Turtle has a very quiet one during the trial. There were also earlier examples, such as EurekaMoment:
*
Sydelle realizing [[spoiler:the clue words formed "America the Beautiful"]] and Beautiful"]].
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Ford realizing Westing had played them with the "Queen's Sacrifice". Sacrifice".
**
Numerous RedHerring examples occur also as the various pairs have "breakthroughs" with their clues that they think are the answer. (Examples: "Ed Purple-fruit!", Turtle thinking the clues are the names of stock options they should invest in, Theo thinking the clues form Amber's name and the chemical formula for an explosive...) )
** Turtle has a very quiet one during the trial.



* TheJudge: Josie-Jo Ford, who in the book is identified as the first female and/or black person elected to a judgeship in the state.
** And possibly the first black woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court, according to the epilogue.

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* TheJudge: Josie-Jo Ford, who in the book is identified as the first female and/or black person elected to a judgeship in the state.
**
state. And possibly the first black woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court, according to the epilogue.



* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:Otis Amber, Sandy]]

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: ObfuscatingStupidity:
**
[[spoiler:Otis Amber, Sandy]]Amber]].
** [[spoiler:Sandy [=McSouthers=]]].



* OneDegreeOfSeparation: While at first it seems none of the heirs have anything in common, or even a reason to be heirs, it turns out every character or their family does have a connection to the Westings. The Wexler family [[spoiler:are actually related through Grace]]; the Theodorakis family [[spoiler:are connected through Theo and Chris's father, who dated Violet Westing]]; Flora Baumbach [[spoiler:made Violet's wedding dress]]; Judge Ford[[spoiler:'s family worked for Westing and he put her through school]]; the Hoo family [[spoiler:connection is that Mr. Hoo was a competitor who blamed Westing for stealing his invention]]; Crow [[spoiler:was Westing's wife]]; Otis Amber [[spoiler:had worked for Westing as a detective]]; Sandy [=McSouthers=] [[spoiler:supposedly worked at the Westing factory]]; Sydelle Pulaski [[spoiler:is the lone exception, having been included after she was confused for a friend of Crow's named Sybil Pulaski.]]

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* OneDegreeOfSeparation: While at first it seems none of the heirs have anything in common, or even a reason to be heirs, it turns out every character or their family does have a connection to the Westings. Westings.
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The Wexler family [[spoiler:are actually related through Grace]]; the Grace]].
** The
Theodorakis family [[spoiler:are connected through Theo and Chris's father, who dated Violet Westing]]; Westing]].
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Flora Baumbach [[spoiler:made Violet's wedding dress]]; dress]].
**
Judge Ford[[spoiler:'s family worked for Westing and he put her through school]]; the school]].
** The
Hoo family [[spoiler:connection is that Mr. Hoo was a competitor who blamed Westing for stealing his invention]]; invention]].
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Crow [[spoiler:was Westing's wife]]; wife]].
**
Otis Amber [[spoiler:had worked for Westing as a detective]]; detective]].
**
Sandy [=McSouthers=] [[spoiler:supposedly worked at the Westing factory]]; factory]].
**
Sydelle Pulaski [[spoiler:is the lone exception, having been included after she was confused for a friend of Crow's named Sybil Pulaski.]]Pulaski]].



* XanatosSpeedChess: Bordering on GambitRoulette. [[spoiler: Westing pretty much manipulated everyone,]] but as Sandy points out [[spoiler: he did make at least one mistake by including Sydelle Pulaski. Of course, [[SelfDeprecation Westing is Sandy...]]]]
** Turtle's "trial" suggests she's developing a talent for this trope, too.

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* XanatosSpeedChess: XanatosSpeedChess:
**
Bordering on GambitRoulette. [[spoiler: Westing [[spoiler:Westing pretty much manipulated everyone,]] but as Sandy points out [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he did make at least one mistake by including Sydelle Pulaski. Of course, [[SelfDeprecation Westing is Sandy...]]]]
** Turtle's "trial" suggests she's developing a talent for this trope, too.
this, too.
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* AttendingYourOwnFuneral: [[spoiler:Westing]] attends the will reading and sessions of the Game in the guise of one of the heirs.

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* AttendingYourOwnFuneral: [[spoiler:Westing]] [[spoiler:Westing attends the will reading and sessions of the Game in the guise of one of the heirs.heirs]].



* BigSisterInstinct: Inverted with Turtle, who is extremely protective of her shy older sister Angela. She freaks out when she thinks [[spoiler:Theo]] knows [[spoiler: Angela's]] the bomber, so Turtle takes the blame for all the bombings to protect [[spoiler: Angela.]] On the other hand, Angela cares a great deal for Turtle too, [[spoiler:and gets herself hurt when she yanks the third bomb away from Turtle's face.]]

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* BigSisterInstinct: Inverted with Turtle, who is extremely protective of her shy older sister Angela. She freaks out when she thinks [[spoiler:Theo]] knows [[spoiler: Angela's]] the bomber, Angela's [[spoiler:the bomber]], so Turtle takes the blame for all [[spoiler:all the bombings bombings]] to protect [[spoiler: Angela.]] Angela. On the other hand, Angela cares a great deal for Turtle too, [[spoiler:and gets herself hurt when she yanks the third bomb away from Turtle's face.]]



** Jake Wexler, the podiatrist, is also [[spoiler:a bookie]], though this is only mentioned in passing once or twice. At the end of the book, [[spoiler:Ford pulls strings to have him appointed to a government panel determining whether to set up a state lottery.]] The epilogues reveal that he later becomes State Gambling Commissioner, and finally the [[spoiler:state ''crime'' commissioner]].

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** Jake Wexler, the podiatrist, is also [[spoiler:a bookie]], though this is only mentioned in passing once or twice. At the end of the book, [[spoiler:Ford pulls strings to have him appointed to a government panel determining whether to set up a state lottery.]] The epilogues reveal that he later becomes State [[spoiler:State Gambling Commissioner, Commissioner]], and finally the [[spoiler:state ''crime'' commissioner]].



* GenerationXerox[=/=]MistakenIdentity: Angela's ArrangedMarriage echoes [[spoiler:Violet Westing's]], which at one point causes TheOphelia [[spoiler:Crow]] to think [[spoiler:she ''is'' Violet]], and to treat her like a daughter all the same. Considering [[spoiler: Grace]] may actually be related to Westing after all, this may not be far from the truth.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Subverted; Turtle and Angela seem to be the textbook Smart One and Popular One, respectively, but they're closer to each other and probably understand each other better than anyone else, and [[spoiler:Turtle probably has more friends than Angela, while Angela is very smart herself]].
** [[spoiler:Turtle]] is one of the few characters (along with Pulaski, Ford and Westing) who works out that [[spoiler: Angela was the bomber after Angela pulls an about-to-explode bomb away from Turtle and towards her own face]]. Turtle then [[spoiler: claims to be the bomber to protect Angela]] (it helped that everyone else thought her to be the bomber anyway), going as far as to [[spoiler: plant the fourth bomb]].

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* GenerationXerox[=/=]MistakenIdentity: Angela's ArrangedMarriage echoes [[spoiler:Violet Westing's]], which at one point causes TheOphelia [[spoiler:Crow]] to think [[spoiler:she ''is'' Violet]], and to treat her like a daughter all the same. Considering [[spoiler: Grace]] [[spoiler:Grace may actually be related to Westing after all, all]], this may not be far from the truth.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Subverted; Turtle and Angela seem to be the textbook Smart One and Popular One, respectively, but they're closer to each other and probably understand each other better than anyone else, and [[spoiler:Turtle probably has more friends than Angela, while Angela is very smart herself]].
** [[spoiler:Turtle]]
herself]]. Turtle is one of the few characters (along with Pulaski, [[spoiler:Pulaski, Ford and Westing) Westing]]) who works out that [[spoiler: Angela was [[spoiler:was the bomber after Angela pulls an about-to-explode bomb away from Turtle and towards her own face]]. Turtle then [[spoiler: claims [[spoiler:claims to be the bomber to protect Angela]] (it helped that everyone else thought suspected her to be the bomber anyway), going as far as to [[spoiler: plant [[spoiler:plant the fourth bomb]].



* LocationThemeNaming: [[spoiler:Windy Windkloppel]] and [[spoiler: his]] various aliases scattering to the four winds... [[spoiler: [=WESTing, NORTHrup, EASTman, and McSOUTHers=].]]

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* LocationThemeNaming: [[spoiler:Windy Windkloppel]] and [[spoiler: his]] [[spoiler:his various aliases aliases]] scattering to the four winds... [[spoiler: [=WESTing, [[spoiler:[=WESTing, NORTHrup, EASTman, and McSOUTHers=].]]



* OneDegreeOfSeparation: While at first it seems none of the heirs have anything in common, or even a reason to be heirs, it turns out every character or their family does have a connection to the Westings. [[spoiler:Grace and her family]] are actually related; [[spoiler: Theo and Chris's father]] dated Violet Westing; [[spoiler: Flora Baumbach]] made Violet's wedding dress; [[spoiler: Ford's family worked for Westing]] and he [[spoiler: put her through school]]; [[spoiler: Hoo]] was a competitor who blamed Westing for stealing his invention; [[spoiler: Crow]] was Westing's wife; [[spoiler: Amber]] had worked for Westing as a detective; and [[spoiler: Sandy]] supposedly worked at the Westing factory; The lone exception is [[spoiler: Sydelle Pulaski]], and that is because [[spoiler: she was confused for a friend of Crow's named Sybil Pulaski.]]

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* OneDegreeOfSeparation: While at first it seems none of the heirs have anything in common, or even a reason to be heirs, it turns out every character or their family does have a connection to the Westings. [[spoiler:Grace and her family]] are The Wexler family [[spoiler:are actually related; [[spoiler: related through Grace]]; the Theodorakis family [[spoiler:are connected through Theo and Chris's father]] father, who dated Violet Westing; [[spoiler: Westing]]; Flora Baumbach]] made Baumbach [[spoiler:made Violet's wedding dress; [[spoiler: Ford's dress]]; Judge Ford[[spoiler:'s family worked for Westing]] Westing and he [[spoiler: put her through school]]; [[spoiler: Hoo]] the Hoo family [[spoiler:connection is that Mr. Hoo was a competitor who blamed Westing for stealing his invention; [[spoiler: Crow]] was invention]]; Crow [[spoiler:was Westing's wife; [[spoiler: Amber]] had wife]]; Otis Amber [[spoiler:had worked for Westing as a detective; and [[spoiler: Sandy]] supposedly detective]]; Sandy [=McSouthers=] [[spoiler:supposedly worked at the Westing factory; The lone exception is [[spoiler: factory]]; Sydelle Pulaski]], and that is because [[spoiler: Pulaski [[spoiler:is the lone exception, having been included after she was confused for a friend of Crow's named Sybil Pulaski.]]
23rd Nov '16 6:45:37 PM PaulA
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* StickyFingers: [[spoiler:Madame Hoo]] steals random objects from other heirs in hopes of [[spoiler: raising money for a return to China]]. [[spoiler: She]] confesses in the middle of Turtle's trial ([[spoiler: she]] thought the meeting had to do with plans to capture [[spoiler: her]]) and returns the things [[spoiler: she]] stole.

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* StickyFingers: [[spoiler:Madame Hoo]] One of the inhabitants of Sunset Towers steals random objects from other heirs throughout the novel. [[spoiler:Madame Hoo is the thief, in hopes of [[spoiler: raising money for a return to China]]. [[spoiler: She]] China. She confesses in the middle of Turtle's trial ([[spoiler: she]] thought the meeting had trial, having misinterpreted it as being connected to do with plans to capture [[spoiler: her]]) her activities, and returns the things [[spoiler: she]] stole.she stole]].



* AdaptationPersonalityChange: Otis doesn't act as naïve as he did in the book. [[spoiler:He]] also has a grudge against Sam Westing for taking credit for one of [[spoiler: his]] inventions, similar to [[spoiler: James Hoo's]] reason in the book for mistrusting Westing.

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* AdaptationPersonalityChange: Otis doesn't act as naïve as he did in the book. [[spoiler:He]] He also has a grudge against Sam Westing for taking [[spoiler:taking credit for one of [[spoiler: his]] inventions, his inventions]], similar to [[spoiler: James [[spoiler:James Hoo's]] reason in the book for mistrusting Westing.



* AdaptationalVillainy: Slight examples for Sandy [=McSouthers=] and Sam Westing. The former less acts innocent in this version-as one example, note how more certain he sounds that the will means one of the players murdered Westing. Additionally, [[spoiler: Westing]] was the one who [[spoiler: forced his and Crow's daughter into the ArrangedMarriage]], and [[spoiler:made Crow the prime suspect of the game]] because [[spoiler: he]] felt bitter at [[spoiler: her]], for [[spoiler: not trying to cancel the marriage before their child became DrivenToSuicide.]]

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* AdaptationalVillainy: AdaptationalVillainy:
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Slight examples example for Sandy [=McSouthers=] and Sam Westing. The former [=McSouthers=], who acts less acts innocent in this version-as version--as one example, note how more certain he sounds that the will means one of the players murdered Westing. Additionally, [[spoiler: Westing]] Westing.
** Sam Westing
was the one who [[spoiler: forced [[spoiler:forced his and Crow's daughter into the ArrangedMarriage]], and [[spoiler:made Crow the prime suspect of the game]] because [[spoiler: he]] [[spoiler:he felt bitter at [[spoiler: her]], her, for [[spoiler: not trying to cancel the marriage before their child became DrivenToSuicide.]]



* TheSummation: [[spoiler:Turtle]] gives one to Julian Eastman as [[spoiler:she]] explains how [[spoiler:she figured out his alter egos]], with clips of the movie illustrating for the viewers.

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* TheSummation: [[spoiler:Turtle]] gives one to Julian Eastman as [[spoiler:she]] explains [[spoiler:Julian Eastman]], explaining how [[spoiler:she figured out his alter egos]], with clips of the movie illustrating for the viewers.
23rd Nov '16 2:41:33 PM dotchan
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* ArrangedMarriage: The subtext behind Angela Wexler and Dr. Denton Deere's engagement is that Grace hand-picked a brilliant doctor for her perfect daughter, who went along with it because she's The Good Daughter. [[spoiler:It's outright stated that Westing's wife Crow did the same thing with her daughter and a politician, which led to the daughter's suicide.]]
* AttendingYourOwnFuneral: [[spoiler:Westing attends the will reading and sessions of the Game in the guise of one of the heirs.]]

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* ArrangedMarriage: The subtext behind Angela Wexler and Dr. Denton Deere's engagement is that Grace hand-picked a brilliant doctor for her perfect daughter, who went along with it because she's The Good Daughter. [[spoiler:It's It's outright stated that [[spoiler: Westing's wife Crow Crow]] did the same thing with her daughter and a politician, which led to [[spoiler: the daughter's suicide.]]
* AttendingYourOwnFuneral: [[spoiler:Westing [[spoiler:Westing]] attends the will reading and sessions of the Game in the guise of one of the heirs.]]



* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:Angela is the bomber. Madame Hoo is the thief.]]

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:Angela [[spoiler:Angela]] is the bomber. [[spoiler: Madame Hoo Hoo]] is the thief.]]



* BigSisterInstinct: Inverted with Turtle, who is extremely protective of her shy older sister Angela. She freaks out when she thinks [[spoiler:Theo knows Angela's the bomber, so Turtle takes the blame for all the bombings to protect Angela.]] On the other hand, Angela cares a great deal for Turtle too, [[spoiler:and gets herself hurt when she yanks the third bomb away from Turtle's face.]]

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* BigSisterInstinct: Inverted with Turtle, who is extremely protective of her shy older sister Angela. She freaks out when she thinks [[spoiler:Theo [[spoiler:Theo]] knows Angela's [[spoiler: Angela's]] the bomber, so Turtle takes the blame for all the bombings to protect [[spoiler: Angela.]] On the other hand, Angela cares a great deal for Turtle too, [[spoiler:and gets herself hurt when she yanks the third bomb away from Turtle's face.]]



* CassandraTruth: "It's not what you have, it's what you don't have that counts." No one even thinks about that until the final meeting, and they still misinterpret it, and yet it was completely accurate. [[spoiler: The goal of the Westing Game was to deduce the fourth alias used by Sam Westing. Three of them were known acquaintances of all the players, although the players didn't know those people were alter egos of Sam's. Once the winner of the game figured out what the real goal was, it was very easy.]]

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* CassandraTruth: "It's not what you have, it's what you don't have that counts." No one even thinks about that until the final meeting, and they still misinterpret it, and yet it was completely accurate. [[spoiler: The goal of the Westing Game was [[spoiler: to deduce the fourth alias used by Sam Westing. Three Westing, three of them which were known acquaintances of all the players, players]], although the players didn't know [[spoiler: those people were alter egos of Sam's.Sam's]]. Once the winner of the game figured out what the real goal was, it was very easy.]]



** Turtle has to face death: [[spoiler:first by finding Westing's dead body, then by witnessing the fatal collapse of her doorman friend Sandy, and finally (as a grown woman) by staying at the bedside of dying Mr. Eastman. The book is a very convoluted puzzle-mystery; all three are the same man, who'd faked his death twice]].
** The deaths of [[spoiler: James Hoo, Berthe Crow, and Otis Amber are mentioned as well, during the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.]] They all died of old age, and not much emotional hay is made of their passing.

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** Turtle has to face death: [[spoiler:first first by [[spoiler: finding Westing's (fake) dead body, body]], then by [[spoiler: witnessing the (fake) fatal collapse of her doorman friend Sandy, Sandy]], and finally (as a grown woman) by [[spoiler: staying at the bedside of the (really) dying Mr. Eastman. The book is a very convoluted puzzle-mystery; all three are the same man, who'd faked his death twice]].\n]].
** The deaths of [[spoiler: James Hoo, Berthe Crow, and Otis Amber Amber]] are mentioned as well, well during the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.]] WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue. They all died of old age, and not much emotional hay is made of their passing.



* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Prior to the final meeting of the game, Jake and Grace Wexler fill out their forms under the influence of alcohol, causing Jake to list his position as "bookie" and Grace to include her EmbarrassingMiddleName. Or so they assume. [[spoiler:It's possible that Sandy altered their forms.]]

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* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Prior to the final meeting of the game, Jake and Grace Wexler fill out their forms under the influence of alcohol, causing Jake to list his position as "bookie" and Grace to include her EmbarrassingMiddleName. Or so they assume. [[spoiler:It's It's possible that Sandy [[spoiler: Sandy]] altered their forms.]]



* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Grace Wexler has a tendency to list her maiden name as "Windsor" instead of "Windkloppel." [[spoiler:Sam Westing also had "Windkloppel" as his last name before he changed it for commercial reasons.]]

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* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Grace Wexler has a tendency to list her maiden name as "Windsor" instead of "Windkloppel." [[spoiler:Sam Westing Westing]] also had "Windkloppel" as his last name before he changed it for commercial reasons.]]



* GenerationXerox[=/=]MistakenIdentity: Angela's ArrangedMarriage echoes [[spoiler:Violet Westing's]], which at one point causes TheOphelia [[spoiler:Crow]] to think [[spoiler:she ''is'' Violet]], and to treat her like a daughter all the same. [[spoiler:Considering Grace may actually be related to Westing after all, this may not be far from the truth.]]

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* GenerationXerox[=/=]MistakenIdentity: Angela's ArrangedMarriage echoes [[spoiler:Violet Westing's]], which at one point causes TheOphelia [[spoiler:Crow]] to think [[spoiler:she ''is'' Violet]], and to treat her like a daughter all the same. [[spoiler:Considering Grace Considering [[spoiler: Grace]] may actually be related to Westing after all, this may not be far from the truth.]]



** [[spoiler:Turtle is one of the few characters (along with Pulaski, Ford and Westing) who works out that Angela was the bomber after Angela pulls an about-to-explode bomb away from Turtle and towards her own face. Turtle then claims to be the bomber to protect Angela (which is what everyone else thought anyway), going as far as to plant the fourth bomb.]]

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** [[spoiler:Turtle [[spoiler:Turtle]] is one of the few characters (along with Pulaski, Ford and Westing) who works out that [[spoiler: Angela was the bomber after Angela pulls an about-to-explode bomb away from Turtle and towards her own face. face]]. Turtle then [[spoiler: claims to be the bomber to protect Angela (which is what Angela]] (it helped that everyone else thought her to be the bomber anyway), going as far as to [[spoiler: plant the fourth bomb.]]bomb]].



* {{Irony}}: For the entire book, Grace claims she is the only true heir of Sam Westing. [[spoiler:With her maiden/middle name having been "Windkloppel", the same as Westing's real name, it seems she, and by extension Angela and Turtle, ''are'' the only actual blood relatives among the heirs. (In fact, Westing/Sandy/Eastman calls Grace "my niece" during the epilogue.)]]

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* {{Irony}}: For the entire book, Grace claims she is the only true heir of Sam Westing. [[spoiler:With With her maiden/middle name having been [[spoiler: "Windkloppel", the same as Westing's real name, name]], it seems she, and by extension Angela and Turtle, ''are'' the only actual blood relatives among the heirs. (In fact, [[spoiler: Westing/Sandy/Eastman calls Grace "my niece" niece"]] during the epilogue.)]])



* ItsTheJourneyThatCounts: Although no one wins the game or inherits the fortune [[spoiler:(except Turtle)]], everyone's lives become better for having been part of it and the CharacterDevelopment they gained from it. As Chris said of the OddCouple pairings, "Everyone was paired with the perfect partner, given exactly who they needed" though they didn't know it at the start.

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* ItsTheJourneyThatCounts: Although no one wins the game or inherits the fortune [[spoiler:(except Turtle)]], everyone's lives become better for having been part of it and the CharacterDevelopment they gained from it. As Chris said of the OddCouple pairings, "Everyone was paired with the perfect partner, given exactly who they needed" needed", though they didn't know it at the start.



* KarmicJackpot: [[spoiler:Westing set up the game to give this to all the players.]]

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* KarmicJackpot: [[spoiler:Westing [[spoiler:Westing]] set up the game to give this to all the players.]]



* LocationThemeNaming: [[spoiler:Windy Windkloppel and his various aliases scattering to the four winds... [=WESTing, NORTHrup, EASTman, and McSOUTHers=].]]

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* LocationThemeNaming: [[spoiler:Windy Windkloppel Windkloppel]] and his [[spoiler: his]] various aliases scattering to the four winds... [[spoiler: [=WESTing, NORTHrup, EASTman, and McSOUTHers=].]]



* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: "I am Berthe Erica Crow. I am the answer and I am the winner."]]
* MissedTheCall: [[spoiler: It's revealed that Sydelle Pulaski was the "mistake". The intended heir was a person named Sybil Pulaski, but the PI screwed up and found Sydelle instead.]]

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* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: "I am [[spoiler: Berthe Erica Crow.Crow]]. I am the answer and I am the winner."]]
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* MissedTheCall: [[spoiler: It's revealed that [[spoiler: Sydelle Pulaski Pulaski]] was the "mistake". The intended heir was a person named Sybil Pulaski, [[spoiler: ''Sybil'' Pulaski]], but the PI screwed up and found Sydelle [[spoiler: Sydelle]] instead.]]



* OneDegreeOfSeparation: While at first it seems none of the heirs have anything in common, or even a reason to be heirs, it turns out every character or their family does have a connection to the Westings. [[spoiler:Grace and her family are actually related; Theo and Chris's father dated Violet Westing; Flora Baumbach made Violet's wedding dress; Ford's family worked for Westing and he put her through school; Hoo was a competitor who blamed Westing for stealing his invention; Crow was Westing's wife; Amber had worked for Westing as a detective; and Sandy supposedly worked at the Westing factory; The lone exception is Sydelle Pulaski, and that is because she was confused for a friend of Crow's named Sybil Pulaski.]]

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* OneDegreeOfSeparation: While at first it seems none of the heirs have anything in common, or even a reason to be heirs, it turns out every character or their family does have a connection to the Westings. [[spoiler:Grace and her family family]] are actually related; [[spoiler: Theo and Chris's father father]] dated Violet Westing; [[spoiler: Flora Baumbach Baumbach]] made Violet's wedding dress; [[spoiler: Ford's family worked for Westing Westing]] and he [[spoiler: put her through school; Hoo school]]; [[spoiler: Hoo]] was a competitor who blamed Westing for stealing his invention; Crow [[spoiler: Crow]] was Westing's wife; Amber [[spoiler: Amber]] had worked for Westing as a detective; and Sandy [[spoiler: Sandy]] supposedly worked at the Westing factory; The lone exception is [[spoiler: Sydelle Pulaski, Pulaski]], and that is because [[spoiler: she was confused for a friend of Crow's named Sybil Pulaski.]]



* ParentalSubstitute: Turtle starts clinging to Flora Bambauch as her mother figure, feeling ignored by Grace.

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* ParentalSubstitute: ParentalSubstitute:
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Turtle starts clinging to Flora Bambauch as her mother figure, feeling ignored by Grace.Grace.
** Crow grows to see Angela as a ''daughter'' substitute.



* StickyFingers: [[spoiler:Madame Hoo steals random objects from other heirs in hopes of raising money for a return to China. She confesses in the middle of Turtle's trial (she thought the meeting had to do with plans to capture her) and returns the things she stole.]]

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* StickyFingers: [[spoiler:Madame Hoo Hoo]] steals random objects from other heirs in hopes of [[spoiler: raising money for a return to China. She China]]. [[spoiler: She]] confesses in the middle of Turtle's trial (she ([[spoiler: she]] thought the meeting had to do with plans to capture her) [[spoiler: her]]) and returns the things she [[spoiler: she]] stole.]]



* TheUnchosenOne: Literal example: Sydelle Pulaski is only included among the heirs ''by accident'', yet she's also the one who [[spoiler: figures out the clues are song lyrics]].

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* TheUnchosenOne: Literal example: [[spoiler: Sydelle Pulaski Pulaski]] is only included among the heirs ''by accident'', yet she's [[spoiler: she's]] also the one who [[spoiler: figures out the clues are song lyrics]].



** During the reading of the will, Sandy [=McSouthers=] makes a joke, cutting off the lawyer before the last word in the third section is read. We never do find out what the last word is... [[spoiler:because there is no last word; the will only reads, "The one who wins the windfall will be the one who finds the... FOURTH;" referring to the fourth identity of Westing himself.]]

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** During the reading of the will, Sandy [=McSouthers=] makes a joke, cutting off the lawyer before the last word in the third section is read. We never do find out what the last word is... [[spoiler:because there is no last word; word]]; the will only actually reads, [[spoiler: "The one who wins the windfall will be the one who finds the... FOURTH;" FOURTH;"]] referring to [[spoiler: the fourth identity of Westing himself.]]



* AdaptationPersonalityChange: Otis doesn't act as naïve as he did in the book. [[spoiler:He also has a grudge against Sam Westing for taking credit for one of his inventions, similar to James Hoo's reason in the book for mistrusting Westing.]]

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* AdaptationPersonalityChange: Otis doesn't act as naïve as he did in the book. [[spoiler:He [[spoiler:He]] also has a grudge against Sam Westing for taking credit for one of his [[spoiler: his]] inventions, similar to [[spoiler: James Hoo's Hoo's]] reason in the book for mistrusting Westing.]]



* AdaptationalVillainy: Slight examples for Sandy [=McSouthers=] and Sam Westing. The former less acts innocent in this version-as one example, note how more certain he sounds that the will means one of the players murdered Westing. [[spoiler:Additionally, Westing forced his and Crow's daughter into the ArrangedMarriage, and made Crow the prime suspect of the game because he felt bitter at her, for not trying to cancel the marriage before their child became DrivenToSuicide.]]

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* AdaptationalVillainy: Slight examples for Sandy [=McSouthers=] and Sam Westing. The former less acts innocent in this version-as one example, note how more certain he sounds that the will means one of the players murdered Westing. [[spoiler:Additionally, Westing Additionally, [[spoiler: Westing]] was the one who [[spoiler: forced his and Crow's daughter into the ArrangedMarriage, ArrangedMarriage]], and made [[spoiler:made Crow the prime suspect of the game game]] because he [[spoiler: he]] felt bitter at her, [[spoiler: her]], for [[spoiler: not trying to cancel the marriage before their child became DrivenToSuicide.]]



* EurekaMoment: [[spoiler:Turtle realizes that the clues could form a song by putting "fruited" and "plain" together.]]
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:When Sandy "[[FakingTheDead drops dead]]" after the reading of the second half of the will, he whispers to Turtle, "You've been playing the wrong game." This prompts Turtle to read the will herself, and discover the ''real'' goal: "The heir who wins the windfall will be the one who finds the fourth."]]
* FlashForward: [[spoiler:As Turtle and Mr. Eastman discuss how positively the game seems to have impacted the heirs' lives and relationships, Eastman lets Turtle know what bright futures he hopes they will all have (eg, Angela graduating medical school, Chris becoming a champion chess player, Otis and Crow getting married), and asks Turtle to tell him when they come true.]]

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* EurekaMoment: [[spoiler:Turtle [[spoiler:Turtle]] realizes that the clues [[spoiler: could form a song by putting the words "fruited" and "plain" together.]]
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:When Sandy When [[spoiler: Sandy]] "[[FakingTheDead drops dead]]" after the reading of the second half of the will, he whispers to Turtle, [[spoiler: "You've been playing the wrong game." "]] This prompts Turtle to read the will herself, and discover the ''real'' goal: "The [[spoiler:"The heir who wins the windfall will be the one who finds the fourth."]]
* FlashForward: [[spoiler:As Turtle and Mr. Eastman Eastman]] discuss how positively the game seems to have impacted the heirs' lives and relationships, Eastman lets Turtle know what bright futures he hopes they will all have (eg, Angela graduating medical school, Chris becoming a champion chess player, Otis and Crow getting married), and asks Turtle to tell him when they come true.]]



* TheSummation: [[spoiler:Turtle gives one to Julian Eastman as she explains how she figured out his alter egos, with clips of the movie illustrating for the viewers.]]

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* TheSummation: [[spoiler:Turtle [[spoiler:Turtle]] gives one to Julian Eastman as she [[spoiler:she]] explains how she [[spoiler:she figured out his alter egos, egos]], with clips of the movie illustrating for the viewers.]]
19th Aug '16 2:33:19 PM ryuclockwork
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* BigSisterInstinct: Inverted with Turtle, who is extremely protective of her shy older sister Angela. She freaks out when she thinks [[spoiler:Theo knows Angela's the bomber, so Turtle takes the blame for all the bombings to protect Angela.]] On the other hand, Angela cares a great deal for Turtle too, [[spoiler:and gets herself hurt when she yanks the third bomb away from Turtle's face.]]
23rd May '16 10:44:07 AM Josef5678
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* DoNotPassGo: There's a message left like this by Westing when the person in charge of opening the envelopes with his messages inside is late in opening the next envelope. It essentially tells the players where to go with the addition of, "Do not collect $200."
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