History Literature / TheWolvesOfWilloughbyChase

23rd Aug '15 8:27:17 PM nombretomado
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* AffectionateParody: Aiken is harking back to both Regency and Victorian (especially Gothic) literature. Of particular note is ''Nightbirds on Nantucket'' which is a thoroughly eccentric take on the story of ''MobyDick'' (Captain Casket is chasing a pink whale).
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* AffectionateParody: Aiken is harking back to both Regency and Victorian (especially Gothic) literature. Of particular note is ''Nightbirds on Nantucket'' which is a thoroughly eccentric take on the story of ''MobyDick'' ''Literature/MobyDick'' (Captain Casket is chasing a pink whale).
4th Apr '15 11:04:20 AM JMQwilleran
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* DeadlyEuphemism: In the original novel, when Bonnie and Sylvia overhear Miss Slighcarp discussing the planned murder of their parents, she refers to it as simply "the ''event''."

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* YouAreNumberSix: When Sylvia and Bonnie are sent to Mrs. Brisket's OrphanageOfFear in the original book, they are told that none of the children there have names and that they are now number ninety-eight and ninety-nine respectively.
8th Feb '14 9:48:16 AM PaulA
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* IconicSequelCharacter: Dido, who went on to be the central character of the series, didn't appear at all in the first book.
14th Jul '13 10:10:15 AM Hedgebird
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Chronology, typos, title formatting
* The Whispering Mountain (1968) a prequel to the series * The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (1963) * Black Hearts in Battersea (1964) * Nightbirds on Nantucket (1966) * The Stolen Lake (1981) * Dangerous Games, published in the UK as Limbo Lodge (1999) * The Cuckoo Tree (1971) * Dido and Pa (1986) * Is Underground (British title: Is) (1992) * Cold Shoulder Road (1995) * Midwinter Nightingale (2003) * The Witch of Clatteringshaws (2005)
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* The Whispering Mountain (1968) a prequel to the series * The ''The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Chase'' (1963) * Black ''Black Hearts in Battersea Battersea'' (1964) * Nightbirds ''Nightbirds on Nantucket Nantucket'' (1966) * The ''The Stolen Lake Lake'' (1981) * Dangerous Games, ''Dangerous Games'', published in the UK as Limbo Lodge ''Limbo Lodge'' (1999) * The ''The Whispering Mountain'' (1968), a side-story simultaneous to ''The Cuckoo Tree Tree'' * ''The Cuckoo Tree'' (1971) * Dido ''Dido and Pa Pa'' (1986) * Is Underground ''Is Underground'' (British title: Is) ''Is'') (1992) * Cold ''Cold Shoulder Road Road'' (1995) * Midwinter Nightingale ''Midwinter Nightingale'' (2003) * The ''The Witch of Clatteringshaws Clatteringshaws'' (2005) (Note: ''Midnight Is a Place'' (1976), though set in the same fictional city as ''Is'', isn't usually counted as part of the series.)

** An example of an abusive guardian is Miss. Slighcarp, to Bonnie and Sylvia in 'The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase, and to Dido and Dutiful Penitence in 'Nightbirds On Nantucket'.
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** An example of an abusive guardian is Miss. Miss Slighcarp, to Bonnie and Sylvia in 'The ''The Wolves Of of Willoughby Chase, Chase'', and to Dido and Dutiful Penitence in 'Nightbirds On Nantucket'.''Nightbirds on Nantucket''.

* AffectionateParody: Aiken is harking back to both Regency and Victorian (especially gothic) literature. Of particular note is 'Nightbirds On Nantucket' which is a thoroughly eccentric take on the story of MobyDick (Captain Casket is chasing a pink whale).
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* AffectionateParody: Aiken is harking back to both Regency and Victorian (especially gothic) Gothic) literature. Of particular note is 'Nightbirds On Nantucket' ''Nightbirds on Nantucket'' which is a thoroughly eccentric take on the story of MobyDick ''MobyDick'' (Captain Casket is chasing a pink whale).

* ApatheticCitizens: Justified in that the terrrible things taking place in the books - forced child labour; horribly dangerous factories and mines etc - are barely exaggerated dangers of real nineteenth-century life, and realistically only a few people are interested in, or capable of, taking a stand against them.
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* ApatheticCitizens: Justified in that the terrrible terrible things taking place in the books - forced child labour; horribly dangerous factories and mines etc - are barely exaggerated dangers of real nineteenth-century life, and realistically only a few people are interested in, or capable of, taking a stand against them.

* AuthorExistenceFailure: it's debatable how satisfying a conclusion 'The Witch Of Clatteringshaws' makes, and whether it would have been inteneded as the last in the series. * BadassBookworm: Owen in 'The Whispering Mountain'. * BittersweetEnding: On occasion, for example in 'Is Underground', [[spoiler: Is only succeeds in finding one of the missing boys she set out to alive, and her grandfather dies as well.]] * {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The London residence of the Duke Of Battersea. After years in the building, he commented it looked like a giant pink blamange and, irritated, died. * CardCarryingVillain: Most of the series' antagonists, especially Miss Slighcarp of 'The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase' and 'Nightbirds On Nantucket' * ChekhovMIA: In Black Hearts In Battersea, Simon is expecting to meet Dr. Field, who seems to have disappeared... * CinderellaCircumstances: About once a book in some form. Whether its because of an OrphanageOfFear or an evil governess, or simply circumstance, expect the characters to be forced into dreadful hard work and poverty at some point in the plot. * CompetenceZone: Almost all the child or adolescent characters are sure to be quick-witted and ready to see through Hanovarian plots, with adults much less inclined to be much use. Some books even formalise this to some extent - in 'Dido And Pa' the urchins of London form a network called 'the birthday club' which is instrumental in the protagonists' victory. In 'Is Underground' the child mine-workers form a telepathic bond together which saves the day. In both cases there are only a few adult characters open and clever enough to be members.
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: it's debatable how satisfying a conclusion 'The ''The Witch Of Clatteringshaws' of Clatteringshaws'' makes, and whether it would have been inteneded as the last in the series. * BadassBookworm: Owen in 'The ''The Whispering Mountain'. Mountain''. * BittersweetEnding: On occasion, for example in 'Is Underground', ''Is Underground'', [[spoiler: Is only succeeds in finding one of the missing boys she set out to alive, and her grandfather dies as well.]] * {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The London residence of the Duke Of of Battersea. After years in the building, he commented it looked like a giant pink blamange blancmange and, irritated, died. * CardCarryingVillain: Most of the series' antagonists, especially Miss Slighcarp of 'The ''The Wolves Of of Willoughby Chase' Chase'' and 'Nightbirds On Nantucket' ''Nightbirds on Nantucket''. * ChekhovMIA: In Black ''Black Hearts In Battersea, in Battersea'', Simon is expecting to meet Dr. Field, who seems to have disappeared... * CinderellaCircumstances: About once a book in some form. Whether its it's because of an OrphanageOfFear or an evil governess, or simply circumstance, expect the characters to be forced into dreadful hard work and poverty at some point in the plot. * CompetenceZone: Almost all the child or adolescent characters are sure to be quick-witted and ready to see through Hanovarian Hanoverian plots, with adults much less inclined to be much use. Some books even formalise this to some extent - in 'Dido And Pa' ''Dido and Pa'' the urchins of London form a network called 'the birthday club' which is instrumental in the protagonists' victory. In 'Is Underground' ''Is Underground'' the child mine-workers form a telepathic bond together which saves the day. In both cases there are only a few adult characters open and clever enough to be members.

* DesertedIsland: In 'Black Hearts In Battersea'
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* DesertedIsland: In 'Black ''Black Hearts In Battersea'in Battersea''

* IronicNurseryTune: The chapters of 'Is Underground' are headed with lines from nursery rhymes which emphasise how much of a [[CrapsackWorld crapsack world]] Blastburn is compared to the 'Playland' the children were promised.
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* IronicNurseryTune: The chapters of 'Is Underground' ''Is Underground'' are headed with lines from nursery rhymes which emphasise how much of a [[CrapsackWorld crapsack world]] Blastburn is compared to the 'Playland' the children were promised.

* LiteraryAllusionTitle: It's possible Aiken was invoking DidoAndAeneas with the title 'Dido And Pa'.
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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: It's possible Aiken was invoking DidoAndAeneas with the title 'Dido And Pa'.''Dido and Pa''.

* MeaningfulName: A lot of Dickens-style naming: Slighcarp, Grimshaw etc. Bonnie is bonny. The surname Twite belongs to two characters (Dido and Is) often described in bird-like terms, and their father is a songwriter. Is's name connects her, in-universe, to a drowned town of the same name which becomes relevant by the climax of 'Is Underground'... * NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: ...Meanwhile, Dido's [[DidoAndAeneas namesake]] doesn't seem at all relevent to her. In-universe she is named after a canal boat.
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* MeaningfulName: A lot of Dickens-style naming: Slighcarp, Grimshaw etc. Bonnie is bonny. The surname Twite belongs to two characters (Dido and Is) often described in bird-like terms, and their father is a songwriter. Is's name connects her, in-universe, to a drowned town of the same name which becomes relevant by the climax of 'Is Underground'... ''Is Underground''... * NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: ...Meanwhile, Dido's [[DidoAndAeneas namesake]] doesn't seem at all relevent relevant to her. In-universe she is named after a canal boat.

* NiceGuy: Simon, who acts with decency and courage throughour his story. He was raised on a Poor Farm, and then lived half-wild in the woods, before coming to London in 'Black Hearts In Battersea', but this doesn;t stop him from being a stand-up guy. He is in the tradition of heroes like David Copperfield and even folkloric young seekers-of-fortune. [[spoiler: His sister]] Sophie has had an equally trying upbringing: [[RaisedByWolves raised by otters]], found and cared for by a kindly old gentleman only to be taken away and herself sent to the Poor Farm - but she too is unfailingly decent, kind and courageous.
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* NiceGuy: Simon, who acts with decency and courage throughour his story. He was raised on a Poor Farm, and then lived half-wild in the woods, before coming to London in 'Black ''Black Hearts In Battersea', in Battersea'', but this doesn;t doesn't stop him from being a stand-up guy. He is in the tradition of heroes like David Copperfield and even folkloric young seekers-of-fortune. [[spoiler: His sister]] Sophie has had an equally trying upbringing: [[RaisedByWolves raised by otters]], found and cared for by a kindly old gentleman only to be taken away and herself sent to the Poor Farm - but she too is unfailingly decent, kind and courageous.

* RaisedByWolves: In 'Black Hearts In Battersea', Sophie mentions having been raised by ''otters'' for a time.
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* RaisedByWolves: In 'Black ''Black Hearts In Battersea', in Battersea'', Sophie mentions having been raised by ''otters'' for a time.

* SweetPollyOliver: Bonnie from 'Willoughby Chase', and later Dido, occasionally live up to the trope. Dido does not usually actively disguise herself as a boy but since she wears her hair short and prefers trousers to skirts she is often mistaken for a boy, and notes that this sometimes comes in useful.
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* SweetPollyOliver: Bonnie from 'Willoughby Chase', ''Willoughby Chase'', and later Dido, occasionally live up to the trope. Dido does not usually actively disguise herself as a boy but since she wears her hair short and prefers trousers to skirts she is often mistaken for a boy, and notes that this sometimes comes in useful.

** In 'Limbo Lodge' (known in the US as 'Dangerous Games'), Dido realises early on that the apparently male [[spoiler: Doctor Talisman]] is in fact female. * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: the fact of shifting protagonists and a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters large cast]] means threads are often left open-ended. Before writing 'Nightbirds On Nantucket' Joan Aiken was inundated with letters from fans with this reaction regarding Dido Twite, who is last seen in 'Black Hearts In Battersea'clinging to driftwood in the middle of a stormy sea before disappearing and being presumed dead.
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** In 'Limbo Lodge' ''Limbo Lodge'' (known in the US as 'Dangerous Games'), ''Dangerous Games''), Dido realises early on that the apparently male [[spoiler: Doctor Talisman]] is in fact female. * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: the fact of shifting protagonists and a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters large cast]] means threads are often left open-ended. Before writing 'Nightbirds ''Nightbirds On Nantucket' Nantucket'' Joan Aiken was inundated with letters from fans with this reaction regarding Dido Twite, who is last seen in 'Black ''Black Hearts In Battersea'clinging in Battersea'' clinging to driftwood in the middle of a stormy sea before disappearing and being presumed dead.
4th May '13 7:11:26 AM Kyrillion
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* AbusiveParents: Dido's parents are neglectful of her to the point of cruelty and her father in particular does not hesitate to imprison and endanger his daughter in the name of Hanovarian conspiracies. Much worse off though is another daughter, Is, who is used by her mother as a drudge and treated with nothing but casual violence and verbal abuse by her mother and father. It's never acknowledged outright by the pair that she is their child, probably since she is the product of an extramarital affair, a fact which might explain their disregard. An example of an abusive guardian is Miss. Slighcarp, to Bonnie and Sylvia in 'The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase, and to Dido and Dutiful Penitence in 'Nightbirds On Nantucket'.
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* AbusiveParents: Dido's parents are neglectful of her to the point of cruelty and her father in particular does not hesitate to imprison and endanger his daughter in the name of Hanovarian conspiracies. Much worse off though is another Twite daughter, Is, who is used by her mother as a drudge and treated with nothing but suffers casual violence and verbal abuse by from both her mother and father. It's never acknowledged outright by the pair that she is their child, probably since she is the product of an extramarital affair, a fact which might explain their disregard. An disregard. **An example of an abusive guardian is Miss. Slighcarp, to Bonnie and Sylvia in 'The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase, and to Dido and Dutiful Penitence in 'Nightbirds On Nantucket'.

* AffectionateParody: Aiken is harking back to Victorian literature - mostly Dickens and childrens' writers like Frances Hodgson Burnett. Large parts of 'Nightbirds On Nantucket' are essentially a madder version of MobyDick (Captain Casket is chasing a pink whale).
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* AffectionateParody: Aiken is harking back to both Regency and Victorian literature - mostly Dickens and childrens' writers like Frances Hodgson Burnett. Large parts of (especially gothic) literature. Of particular note is 'Nightbirds On Nantucket' are essentially which is a madder version thoroughly eccentric take on the story of MobyDick (Captain Casket is chasing a pink whale).whale). * AlternateHistory: yep.

* OrphansOrdeal
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* OrphansOrdealNiceGuy: Simon, who acts with decency and courage throughour his story. He was raised on a Poor Farm, and then lived half-wild in the woods, before coming to London in 'Black Hearts In Battersea', but this doesn;t stop him from being a stand-up guy. He is in the tradition of heroes like David Copperfield and even folkloric young seekers-of-fortune. [[spoiler: His sister]] Sophie has had an equally trying upbringing: [[RaisedByWolves raised by otters]], found and cared for by a kindly old gentleman only to be taken away and herself sent to the Poor Farm - but she too is unfailingly decent, kind and courageous. * OrphansOrdeal: All over the place, whether the orphans are literal or de facto.

* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Good King Jim is an all round good egg; kind and down to earth.
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Good King Jim is an all round good egg; kind and down to earth. There's generally a pretty even balance of authority figures who are reasonable, those are diabolical, and those with a mixture of vices and virtues.

* SweetPollyOliver: Bonnie from 'Willoughby Chase', and later Dido occasionally fits this trope - the latter does not really actively disguise herself as a boy but since she wears her hair short and wears trousers instead of skirts, she is often mistaken for a boy, and notes that this sometimes comes in useful. Furthermore, Sophie often disguises herself as [[spoiler: her brother]] Simon once he is [[spoiler: the Duke of Battersea]] and there are conflicting demands on his time. In 'Limbo Lodge' (known in the US as 'Dangerous Games'), Dido realises early on that [[spoiler: Doctor Talisman]] is in fact female.
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* SweetPollyOliver: Bonnie from 'Willoughby Chase', and later Dido Dido, occasionally fits this trope - live up to the latter trope. Dido does not really usually actively disguise herself as a boy but since she wears her hair short and wears prefers trousers instead of skirts, to skirts she is often mistaken for a boy, and notes that this sometimes comes in useful. Furthermore, useful. ** Sophie often disguises herself as [[spoiler: her brother]] Simon once he is [[spoiler: the Duke of Battersea]] and there are conflicting demands on his time. time. ** In 'Limbo Lodge' (known in the US as 'Dangerous Games'), Dido realises early on that the apparently male [[spoiler: Doctor Talisman]] is in fact female.
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