History Literature / ToSayNothingOfTheDog

9th Jul '17 10:41:46 AM nombretomado
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In ''To Say Nothing of the Dog'', the History Department of Balliol, [[{{Oxbridge}} Oxford University]], has been thrown into chaos by the pet project of a rich donor: to rebuild a cathedral that was destroyed during WorldWarTwo, exactly as it was at the moment it was bombed. Ned Henry is charged with finding out what happened to the [[MacGuffin Bishop's Bird Stump]] (a bird stump, incidentally, is a kind of flower vase; this particular bird stump is cast iron, and extremely UsefulNotes/{{Victorian|Britain}}), and is having some unexpected difficulty with the task. Then another historian, Verity Kindle, accidentally brings a cat from Victorian England to the present. Ned and Verity go back to Victorian England to try to sort out the problems caused by the missing cat, before history begins to change. And the bird stump is still missing. . .

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In ''To Say Nothing of the Dog'', the History Department of Balliol, [[{{Oxbridge}} Oxford University]], has been thrown into chaos by the pet project of a rich donor: to rebuild a cathedral that was destroyed during WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, exactly as it was at the moment it was bombed. Ned Henry is charged with finding out what happened to the [[MacGuffin Bishop's Bird Stump]] (a bird stump, incidentally, is a kind of flower vase; this particular bird stump is cast iron, and extremely UsefulNotes/{{Victorian|Britain}}), and is having some unexpected difficulty with the task. Then another historian, Verity Kindle, accidentally brings a cat from Victorian England to the present. Ned and Verity go back to Victorian England to try to sort out the problems caused by the missing cat, before history begins to change. And the bird stump is still missing. . .



* EternalEnglish: Averted. Ned mentions near the beginning that he initially had trouble with WorldWarII-era English while working on jumble sales during the Blitz. He manages to follow upper-class English of the 1890s easily enough (except for some of the slang) but finds lower-class and regional dialects to be almost impenetrable. Then at one point [[spoiler:he finds himself transported to Coventry Cathedral in the 1300s and he only catches the occasional meaningful word in the locals' Middle English, represented phonetically]].

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* EternalEnglish: Averted. Ned mentions near the beginning that he initially had trouble with WorldWarII-era UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era English while working on jumble sales during the Blitz. He manages to follow upper-class English of the 1890s easily enough (except for some of the slang) but finds lower-class and regional dialects to be almost impenetrable. Then at one point [[spoiler:he finds himself transported to Coventry Cathedral in the 1300s and he only catches the occasional meaningful word in the locals' Middle English, represented phonetically]].



* GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel: Ned's chief worry through most of the book is that [[ForWantOfANail some small misstep or other]] will somehow lead to a Nazi victory in [[WorldWarTwo World War II]]. And unlike many users of this trope, several hypothetical chains of events are actually proposed [[JustifiedTrope specifically stating how various changes to the timeline might actually lead to this happening]], despite it never actually coming into effect.

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* GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel: Ned's chief worry through most of the book is that [[ForWantOfANail some small misstep or other]] will somehow lead to a Nazi victory in [[WorldWarTwo World War II]].UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. And unlike many users of this trope, several hypothetical chains of events are actually proposed [[JustifiedTrope specifically stating how various changes to the timeline might actually lead to this happening]], despite it never actually coming into effect.
11th Jan '17 7:41:04 PM nombretomado
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* LordPeterWimsey: Verity spends most of her time in the 1920s, and reads a lot of mystery novels, especially the Lord Peter Wimsey stories. She is, therefore, delighted to find out that she and Ned get to solve the Mystery of the Missing Bird Stump.
30th Sep '16 5:39:24 PM Malady
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* Foreshadowing: quite a lot. The rules surrounding slippage, Verity's mystery novels, even Princess Arjumand all point to important plot points.

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* Foreshadowing: {{Foreshadowing}}: quite a lot. The rules surrounding slippage, Verity's mystery novels, even Princess Arjumand all point to important plot points.
24th Aug '16 2:50:16 AM Adept
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* GrandeDame: Lady Schrapnell is a direct allusion to Oscar Wilde's Lady Bracknell in ''TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''.

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* GrandeDame: Lady Schrapnell is a direct allusion to Oscar Wilde's Lady Bracknell in ''TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''.''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''.
1st May '16 3:31:53 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* UnderminedByReality: Terence invokes several couples from literature, comparing them to the "true love" he has for Tossie. Every pairing he named (ex. RomeoAndJuliet) ended badly, which seemed lost on him.

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* UnderminedByReality: [[invoked]] Terence invokes several couples from literature, comparing them to the "true love" he has for Tossie. Every pairing he named (ex. RomeoAndJuliet) ended badly, which seemed lost on him.
13th Feb '16 5:55:01 PM ReaderAt2046
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* BiggerBad: Of a sort. Near the end of the book, TJ's analysis discovers that ''the entire Second World War'' was apparently part of a long chain of [[ContrivedCoincidence Contrived Coincidences]] intended to fix some kind of massive temporal anomaly somewhere in the middle of the 24th century.
1st Nov '15 10:50:00 AM nombretomado
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In ''To Say Nothing of the Dog'', the History Department of Balliol, [[{{Oxbridge}} Oxford University]], has been thrown into chaos by the pet project of a rich donor: to rebuild a cathedral that was destroyed during WorldWarTwo, exactly as it was at the moment it was bombed. Ned Henry is charged with finding out what happened to the [[MacGuffin Bishop's Bird Stump]] (a bird stump, incidentally, is a kind of flower vase; this particular bird stump is cast iron, and extremely [[QueenVicky Victorian]]), and is having some unexpected difficulty with the task. Then another historian, Verity Kindle, accidentally brings a cat from Victorian England to the present. Ned and Verity go back to Victorian England to try to sort out the problems caused by the missing cat, before history begins to change. And the bird stump is still missing. . .

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In ''To Say Nothing of the Dog'', the History Department of Balliol, [[{{Oxbridge}} Oxford University]], has been thrown into chaos by the pet project of a rich donor: to rebuild a cathedral that was destroyed during WorldWarTwo, exactly as it was at the moment it was bombed. Ned Henry is charged with finding out what happened to the [[MacGuffin Bishop's Bird Stump]] (a bird stump, incidentally, is a kind of flower vase; this particular bird stump is cast iron, and extremely [[QueenVicky Victorian]]), UsefulNotes/{{Victorian|Britain}}), and is having some unexpected difficulty with the task. Then another historian, Verity Kindle, accidentally brings a cat from Victorian England to the present. Ned and Verity go back to Victorian England to try to sort out the problems caused by the missing cat, before history begins to change. And the bird stump is still missing. . .
26th Apr '15 10:30:32 AM Cerrida
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*Foreshadowing: quite a lot. The rules surrounding slippage, Verity's mystery novels, even Princess Arjumand all point to important plot points.
15th Nov '14 8:32:05 AM ReaderAt2046
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* IWantGrandkids: At the end of the book, Lady Schrapnell decides that what her new cathedral needs is a christening, which of course means that Ned and Verity need to get married and have babies. They don't particularly mind doing so.
15th Sep '14 3:50:58 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** On the other hand, he gets engaged to the angel at the end of the book, so that might have been more romance than time-lag.
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