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A trilogy of young-adult novels by LMMontgomery, her most popular books after the much more famous ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' series. These are also among the most autobiographical of her works. Little Emily Byrd Starr has everything she needs: her loving father, her wild imagination, her cats, and her constant friend the Wind Woman. But [[HeartwarmingOrphan upon the death of her father,]] Emily must live with her mother's folk, the Murrays, a clan known for being old-fashioned and proud. Emily comes of age under the care of stern Aunt Elizabeth, [[ShrinkingViolet gentle Aunt Laura]], and [[ManChild peculiar Cousin Jimmy]] in the Murray homestead of New Moon, making friends, enemies, and a few beaux along the way. Most significantly, she develops her talents as a writer, which sets her at odds against the more traditional ways of TheClan. However, Emily can be dissuaded from that path no more than can the Wind Woman from her course. Maturity ensues. There are two sequels, ''Emily Climbs,'' which covers Emily studying away from home and beginning to expand her writing career, and ''Emily's Quest,'' which covers her career's launch, the changing dynamics of Emily's circle of friends, and romantic complications. ----- !!This series provides examples of: * AlphaBitch: Rhoda. Emily is at first drawn to her for her pretty and sweet appearance, but soon learns better. ** Evelyn Blake in the second book as well. * AloofDarkHairedGirl: Emily, of course. Aunt Elizabeth is an aged example, with hair turning gray, but double on aloofness. * BadAssGrandma: Great Aunt Nancy plays this role. She will put visitors in a guestroom with swallows within the walls to make them think the room is haunted. * BelligerentSexualTension: Ilse and Perry. Oh, boy, Ilse and Perry. When she rushes to his bedside after his accident, though, we get a fantastic AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moment. ** Also between Emily and Dean. * BetaCouple: Ilse and Perry serve this role to Emily and Teddy. * BrokenBird: Mrs. Kent. Later Emily and Ilse. * BrokenTreasure: Emily breaks a priceless vase when visiting her Great Aunt Nancy and is afraid to tell her for a long time. When she finally confesses, her aunt is actually amused because of how disappointed her heirs will be. * GiftedlyBad: Perry writes horrible poetry as a way of competing with Emily. * BigScrewedUpFamily: The Murrays may be seen (and see themselves) as the Chosen People, but they're really more this. * BrutalHonesty: Mr. Carpenter is unsparing when it comes to critiquing Emily's work. The trope is subverted with Dean when he savages Emily's first novel not because he actually thinks it's bad as because he resents anything that takes her attention from him. * ByronicHero: Dean Priest. * TheCharmer: Teddy ends up as one of these; Ilse tells Emily he's become a ChickMagnet and is a wee bit too happily conscious of it. * ChickMagnet: As stated above, Teddy. From as early, as his school years (he's even first mentioned when Rhoda Stuart claims he's her 'fiance'). ** DudeMagnet: Both Emily and Ilse when they grow up, though the latter mostly off-screen. * ChildhoodMarriagePromise: Both defied and played straight. Perry's aunt tries to ''bribe'' Emily into making a promise to marry Perry (at the age of about ten) by saying that she (the aunt) will only pay for Perry's education if he can marry up into the Murray clan. Both Emily and Perry are embarrassed by the incident and don't take it seriously. But Emily and Teddy do agree that, if they reach a certain age and they're both unmarried, they'll wed each other. [[spoiler: [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend It comes to pass.]] ]] * ChildrenAreCruel: Several girls tease Emily on her first day of school at Blair Water. They are less nasty the next day however, and Emily ends up befriending most of them. * TheClan: As screwed up as the Murrays may be, God help you if you snub or try to bring down anyone with Murray blood. * [[ClingyJealousGirl Clingy Jealous Mother]]: Mrs. Kent. She's cold and unfriendly to almost everyone, but passionately jealous of her son. Teddy even thinks that she poisoned his dog because she thought he loved it more than he loved her. ** CrazyJealousGuy: Dean Priest, engaging {{Manipulative Bastard}}ry. Over a ''book''. * CloudCuckooLander: Cousin Jimmy. Which freaks people out when he starts to talk very seriously and clearly. * CoolTeacher: Mr Carpenter ends up as one of these, from top to toe. He recognizes and encourages talent in all forms, especially Emily's, and his lessons are unusual and ''very'' interactive but extremely effective. * ComingOfAgeStory: The whole trilogy is one of these for Emily's character. * CursedWithAwesome: Emily considers her imprecise and very rare psychic manifestations as awful, never-to-be-spoken-of incidents, when these powers only ever are shown as helping people. However, [[JustifedTrope Justified]] when one considers ValuesDissonance -- psychic powers were classified under "insanity" in the Victorian era. * CurtainsMatchTheWindow: in Ilse Burnley, who has yellow eyes and blonde hair. * TheCynic: Several examples, but Dean Priest in particular. The discrimination he has experienced because of his deformed back and leg partially accounts for this. * CynicalMentor: Mr. Carpenter becomes this for Emily after she graduates from school. Dean Priest plays this role sometimes too. * DaddysGirl: Emily. Which makes the resulting events of the first book that much more tragic. * DeadpanSnarker: Great Aunt Nancy, Mr. Carpenter, and Emily, when she grows up. For a priest, Father Cassidy has his share of it, too. * {{Determinator}}: Nobody is as stubborn as Perry. * DesignatedLoveInterest: Teddy Kent often comes across this way. Many readers find him less interesting and developed than Emily's other admirers Dean Priest and Perry Miller. * DisabledSnarker: Dean Priest. * DueToTheDead: The residents of Blair Water, and especially the Murrays, are very particular about giving the dead what's owed to them. * EmbarrassingNickName: Dean is widely known as Jarback Priest on account of his disability. One reason why he respects the memory of Emily's father so much is that he never called him this. * EmotionsVsStoicism: Emily careens back and forth across this scale; she's naturally very high-strung and emotional, but the Murray pride in her means that when she's really hurt she'll make damned sure you don't know it. * EvilMatriarch: Aunt Elizabeth's really not, you know. But try telling Emily that a few times during the first book. * FatalFlaw: Dean's jealousy, Emily's (and the rest of the Murrays' as well, really) pride. * FinalSpeech: Mr. Carpenter gives a lengthy one, mostly composed of writing and life advice, to Emily as he lies dying of old age. * FamousLastWords: Mr. Carpenter's give something of a start to his housekeeper: [[spoiler: "Beware... of... italics!"]] * FourTemperamentEnsemble: Emily is melancholic, Teddy is phlegmatic, Ilse is choleric, and Perry is sanguine. * GenreSavvy: As relates to an in-universe work, Father Cassidy. He hears Emily's synopsis of her poem "The Child of the Sea" and makes numerous asides about all the [[TropesAreTools tropes]] that she's using. * GoodScarsEvilScars: Mrs. Kent has a long scar running down her face, which she considers a disfigurement. * GoodShepherd: Father Cassidy, Catholic and Irish. He impresses the Protestant Emily by talking to her like an adult and taking her writing seriously -- one of the first adults she's met to do so. * GossipyHens: These characters tend to populate all of L.M. Montgomery's novels, and Blair Water's filled with them. Fairly appropriate, as anyone who's familiar with small-town life in the Maritimes can tell you. * GreenEyes: The Priest clan is known for their striking, sometimes uncanny green eyes. * HandicappedBadAss: Dean Priest. Comes close to EvilCripple territory when he tells Emily her first novel is trash because he is jealous she cares so much about her writing. * HaveAGayOldTime: every time someone calls Emily "pussy". "Small pussy", as a child. [[{{Squick}} *shudders*]] * HeartwarmingOrphan: One of the fundamental underpinnings of the series. * HeterosexualLifePartners: Great Aunt Nancy and her companion Caroline Priest, who have a rather unsettling love-hate relationship. * IWasQuiteALooker: Great-Aunt Nancy is 90 years old, wrinkled, and suffering from rheumatism. However, she was very beautiful as a young woman and she enjoys bragging about how many hearts she broke in those days. * ImaginaryFriend: The Wind Woman. She has different guises depending on which direction the wind is coming from, and Emily never quite lets go of her. * InTheBlood: The Murray family believes very strongly in this. Emily comes in for some snide comments, as any of her less-than-[[IncrediblylamePun stellar]] personality traits are pinned on the fickle Starr blood from her father's side. * JailBaitWait: Dean is explicit about this on their first meeting, and the trope becomes increasingly obvious as the series progresses. * KissingCousins: Emily stands against the idea. * KubrickStare: The Murray look. Like her grandfather Archibald Murray, Emily looks really scary when she's angry and can even intimidate Miss Brownwell and Aunt Elizabeth with this expression. * LastMinuteHookup: Emily and Teddy in literally the last handful of pages of the entire trilogy. Presumably, they live HappilyEverAfter. * LovableRogue: Emily calls Perry this almost by name. * ManChild: Cousin Jimmy. He's never been quite "all there" since the accident when he was a child -- but Emily knows that whatever part of him is not "there," it certainly isn't his heart. * MissingMom: Juliet Murray was dead long before the first book started; the suspicious disappearance of Ilse's mother also ends up being an important plot point. * MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Emily's father, before his death. Emily herself, possibly, later in the books. Dean Priest is an outcast in his own family for his deformity, and has developed a deep cynical streak as a result of this, but nonetheless he becomes one of Emily's best friends, a kindred spirit for her. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when [[spoiler: he reveals how much he wants to control and possess Emily.]] [[DoubleSubvertedTrope Double Subverted]] when [[spoiler: he redeems himself by breaking their engagement and sending the key to the Disappointed House.]] * MostWritersAreWriters: There are some strong autobiographical ties between L.M. Montgomery herself and Emily, much more than the Anne books. * MouthyKid: Ilse. And ''how''. A side-effect of her SpoiledBrat (and WildChild) upbringing due to her own MissingMom. * MyBelovedSmother: Teddy Kent's mother is scarily possessive. * MyGirlIsNotASlut: Dr. Burnley [[spoiler: finds this out when he discovers that his wife did not leave him for another man but rather fell into a well and died years ago.]] * {{Nephewism}}: Rather, Nieceism. * MyGreatestFailure: When they were children, Aunt Elizabeth pushed Cousin Jimmy into a well in a fit of temper, leaving Jimmy slightly brain damaged. He pities rather than resents Elizabeth for this because he realizes she was sick with guilt afterwards. Her allowing Jimmy to live at New Moon and acting as his caregiver may be her way of [[TheAtoner atoning]]. * OldMaid: Both of the aunts. ** ChristmasCake: And Aunt Elizabeth isn't too happy when Emily stays unmarried at 24... * OutdatedOutfit: Emily is mortified when she is made to wear an old fashioned sun bonnet and apron with sleeves (or "baby apron") to school * OrphansOrdeal: The whole point of the books. * PointyEars: Emily has slightly pointed ears, which some characters comment on as "elfin." Oddly, the Verse of the stories is almost entirely mundane. * {{Pride}}: A distinguishing trait of the Murrays. Even Emily has her fair share of it. * ThePromise: Quite a few of these, but Emily's deal not to write fiction as long as she's at Shrewsbury is one of the more significant ones. * PurpleEyes: Emily's [[KaleidoscopeEyes shift between looking]] purple and grey and, sometimes, black. * RaisedByGrandparents: Or, at least, much-older aunts and uncles. * ReleasingFromThePromise: Emily's Aunt Elizabeth informs her, two years into college, that since a rich relative took up the costs, and the promise to not write fiction had been made in return for the tuition, the aunt feels obliged to release her. * TheResenter: Teddy Kent's mother. * RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Arguably, Ilse and Emily. * RunawayBride: Ilse pulls this off in pretty impressive fashion when she hears (mistakenly) that Perry's been fatally injured in a car crash just before her wedding with Teddy is about to start. * SadistTeacher: Ms Brownell. Oh, Ms Brownell. * SecretDiary: Emily has bad luck keeping her secret diaries secret. Before Emily leaves for New Moon Aunt Elizabeth finds an old account book Emily uses as a diary. Emily manages to burn it before Aunt Elizabeth reads it, but later Aunt Elizabeth does read the secret letters Emily writes to her deceased father, and is angered and hurt by what Emily has written about her. Emily accidentally gives Mr. Carpenter a book of her character sketches of people she knows, but Mr. Carpenter is merely amused and impressed by her writing ability. * SelfMadeMan: Perry Miller. * SecondLove: Subverted in case of Ilse and Ted, when they get engaged. Ilse describes it as 'second-hand love'. * SinsOfOurFathers: So, so deeply ingrained in the society of the books. Saying these people hold grudges is putting it mildly. Ilse, especially, suffers from it in the first book, thanks to what everyone thinks her mother did when she was a baby. * SpiritedYoungLady: Emily is one; Ilse is too much of a tomboy to count. * StepfordSmiler: Both Emily and Ilse become this for a good part of the last book, when both they grow up to be rather unhappy young women. Okay, Emily stops smiling after [[spoiler:breaking her engagement with Dean]] and it becomes more of a case of Stepford Pride. * TalkingInYourDreams: Emily, in the midst of a fever dream, [[spoiler:reveals what really happened to Ilse's mother, even though [[DreamingOfThingsToCome there's no way she could have known]]]]. * TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Ilse is the wild child and Emily is much better at domestic tasks when they're children. Later in life Ilse becomes quite concerned with fashion and a social butterfly, while Emily becomes more of a reclusive eccentric. * TranquilFury: How Emily gets mad, contrasted with Ilse's much more violent displays of anger. * UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Perry thinks he's one of these to Emily. And, for a good part of the last book, ''everyone'' toward some of the other ones in the pack, until things get fixed. [[spoiler:Thank goodness, Ilse leaves Ted at the altar.]] * VictorianNovelDisease: Emily's father died of consumption and several of the Murrays think she'll suffer the same fate. As a result, she has to do unpleasant things like sleep with the bedroom windows closed (Emily loves the outdoors and fresh air) because night air is believed to be unhealthy. * VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Ultimately the fate for Emily and Teddy, and Ilse and Perry. * WhenSheSmiles: Emily is not supposed to be beautiful, but everyone forgets about that when she smiles. * WifeHusbandry: It's unclear how much of Dean's relationship with Emily falls under this trope. Suffice it to say that he was [[MayDecemberRomance her father's best friend]], and he's known her since she was ''very'' young. Dean also consistently implies that he has a claim on her life, having saved it the day they met. * WrongSideOfTheTracks: Perry Miller, who works as a hired boy for the Murrays when young, comes from a impoverished low class community called Stovepipe Town. He is determined to make good for himself and becomes a politician. ----
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A trilogy of young-adult novels by LMMontgomery, her most popular books after the much more famous ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' series. These are also among the most autobiographical of her works. Little Emily Byrd Starr has everything she needs: her loving father, her wild imagination, her cats, and her constant friend the Wind Woman. But [[HeartwarmingOrphan upon the death of her father,]] Emily must live with her mother's folk, the Murrays, a clan known for being old-fashioned and proud. Emily comes of age under the care of stern Aunt Elizabeth, [[ShrinkingViolet gentle Aunt Laura]], and [[ManChild peculiar Cousin Jimmy]] in the Murray homestead of New Moon, making friends, enemies, and a few beaux along the way. Most significantly, she develops her talents as a writer, which sets her at odds against the more traditional ways of TheClan. However, Emily can be dissuaded from that path no more than can the Wind Woman from her course. Maturity ensues. There are two sequels, ''Emily Climbs,'' which covers Emily studying away from home and beginning to expand her writing career, and ''Emily's Quest,'' which covers her career's launch, the changing dynamics of Emily's circle of friends, and romantic complications. ----- !!This series provides examples of: * AlphaBitch: Rhoda. Emily is at first drawn to her for her pretty and sweet appearance, but soon learns better. ** Evelyn Blake in the second book as well. * AloofDarkHairedGirl: Emily, of course. Aunt Elizabeth is an aged example, with hair turning gray, but double on aloofness. * BadAssGrandma: Great Aunt Nancy plays this role. She will put visitors in a guestroom with swallows within the walls to make them think the room is haunted. * BelligerentSexualTension: Ilse and Perry. Oh, boy, Ilse and Perry. When she rushes to his bedside after his accident, though, we get a fantastic AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moment. ** Also between Emily and Dean. * BetaCouple: Ilse and Perry serve this role to Emily and Teddy. * BrokenBird: Mrs. Kent. Later Emily and Ilse. * BrokenTreasure: Emily breaks a priceless vase when visiting her Great Aunt Nancy and is afraid to tell her for a long time. When she finally confesses, her aunt is actually amused because of how disappointed her heirs will be. * GiftedlyBad: Perry writes horrible poetry as a way of competing with Emily. * BigScrewedUpFamily: The Murrays may be seen (and see themselves) as the Chosen People, but they're really more this. * BrutalHonesty: Mr. Carpenter is unsparing when it comes to critiquing Emily's work. The trope is subverted with Dean when he savages Emily's first novel not because he actually thinks it's bad as because he resents anything that takes her attention from him. * ByronicHero: Dean Priest. * TheCharmer: Teddy ends up as one of these; Ilse tells Emily he's become a ChickMagnet and is a wee bit too happily conscious of it. * ChickMagnet: As stated above, Teddy. From as early, as his school years (he's even first mentioned when Rhoda Stuart claims he's her 'fiance'). ** DudeMagnet: Both Emily and Ilse when they grow up, though the latter mostly off-screen. * ChildhoodMarriagePromise: Both defied and played straight. Perry's aunt tries to ''bribe'' Emily into making a promise to marry Perry (at the age of about ten) by saying that she (the aunt) will only pay for Perry's education if he can marry up into the Murray clan. Both Emily and Perry are embarrassed by the incident and don't take it seriously. But Emily and Teddy do agree that, if they reach a certain age and they're both unmarried, they'll wed each other. [[spoiler: [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend It comes to pass.]] ]] * ChildrenAreCruel: Several girls tease Emily on her first day of school at Blair Water. They are less nasty the next day however, and Emily ends up befriending most of them. * TheClan: As screwed up as the Murrays may be, God help you if you snub or try to bring down anyone with Murray blood. * [[ClingyJealousGirl Clingy Jealous Mother]]: Mrs. Kent. She's cold and unfriendly to almost everyone, but passionately jealous of her son. Teddy even thinks that she poisoned his dog because she thought he loved it more than he loved her. ** CrazyJealousGuy: Dean Priest, engaging {{Manipulative Bastard}}ry. Over a ''book''. * CloudCuckooLander: Cousin Jimmy. Which freaks people out when he starts to talk very seriously and clearly. * CoolTeacher: Mr Carpenter ends up as one of these, from top to toe. He recognizes and encourages talent in all forms, especially Emily's, and his lessons are unusual and ''very'' interactive but extremely effective. * ComingOfAgeStory: The whole trilogy is one of these for Emily's character. * CursedWithAwesome: Emily considers her imprecise and very rare psychic manifestations as awful, never-to-be-spoken-of incidents, when these powers only ever are shown as helping people. However, [[JustifedTrope Justified]] when one considers ValuesDissonance -- psychic powers were classified under "insanity" in the Victorian era. * CurtainsMatchTheWindow: in Ilse Burnley, who has yellow eyes and blonde hair. * TheCynic: Several examples, but Dean Priest in particular. The discrimination he has experienced because of his deformed back and leg partially accounts for this. * CynicalMentor: Mr. Carpenter becomes this for Emily after she graduates from school. Dean Priest plays this role sometimes too. * DaddysGirl: Emily. Which makes the resulting events of the first book that much more tragic. * DeadpanSnarker: Great Aunt Nancy, Mr. Carpenter, and Emily, when she grows up. For a priest, Father Cassidy has his share of it, too. * {{Determinator}}: Nobody is as stubborn as Perry. * DesignatedLoveInterest: Teddy Kent often comes across this way. Many readers find him less interesting and developed than Emily's other admirers Dean Priest and Perry Miller. * DisabledSnarker: Dean Priest. * DueToTheDead: The residents of Blair Water, and especially the Murrays, are very particular about giving the dead what's owed to them. * EmbarrassingNickName: Dean is widely known as Jarback Priest on account of his disability. One reason why he respects the memory of Emily's father so much is that he never called him this. * EmotionsVsStoicism: Emily careens back and forth across this scale; she's naturally very high-strung and emotional, but the Murray pride in her means that when she's really hurt she'll make damned sure you don't know it. * EvilMatriarch: Aunt Elizabeth's really not, you know. But try telling Emily that a few times during the first book. * FatalFlaw: Dean's jealousy, Emily's (and the rest of the Murrays' as well, really) pride. * FinalSpeech: Mr. Carpenter gives a lengthy one, mostly composed of writing and life advice, to Emily as he lies dying of old age. * FamousLastWords: Mr. Carpenter's give something of a start to his housekeeper: [[spoiler: "Beware... of... italics!"]] * FourTemperamentEnsemble: Emily is melancholic, Teddy is phlegmatic, Ilse is choleric, and Perry is sanguine. * GenreSavvy: As relates to an in-universe work, Father Cassidy. He hears Emily's synopsis of her poem "The Child of the Sea" and makes numerous asides about all the [[TropesAreTools tropes]] that she's using. * GoodScarsEvilScars: Mrs. Kent has a long scar running down her face, which she considers a disfigurement. * GoodShepherd: Father Cassidy, Catholic and Irish. He impresses the Protestant Emily by talking to her like an adult and taking her writing seriously -- one of the first adults she's met to do so. * GossipyHens: These characters tend to populate all of L.M. Montgomery's novels, and Blair Water's filled with them. Fairly appropriate, as anyone who's familiar with small-town life in the Maritimes can tell you. * GreenEyes: The Priest clan is known for their striking, sometimes uncanny green eyes. * HandicappedBadAss: Dean Priest. Comes close to EvilCripple territory when he tells Emily her first novel is trash because he is jealous she cares so much about her writing. * HaveAGayOldTime: every time someone calls Emily "pussy". "Small pussy", as a child. [[{{Squick}} *shudders*]] * HeartwarmingOrphan: One of the fundamental underpinnings of the series. * HeterosexualLifePartners: Great Aunt Nancy and her companion Caroline Priest, who have a rather unsettling love-hate relationship. * IWasQuiteALooker: Great-Aunt Nancy is 90 years old, wrinkled, and suffering from rheumatism. However, she was very beautiful as a young woman and she enjoys bragging about how many hearts she broke in those days. * ImaginaryFriend: The Wind Woman. She has different guises depending on which direction the wind is coming from, and Emily never quite lets go of her. * InTheBlood: The Murray family believes very strongly in this. Emily comes in for some snide comments, as any of her less-than-[[IncrediblylamePun stellar]] personality traits are pinned on the fickle Starr blood from her father's side. * JailBaitWait: Dean is explicit about this on their first meeting, and the trope becomes increasingly obvious as the series progresses. * KissingCousins: Emily stands against the idea. * KubrickStare: The Murray look. Like her grandfather Archibald Murray, Emily looks really scary when she's angry and can even intimidate Miss Brownwell and Aunt Elizabeth with this expression. * LastMinuteHookup: Emily and Teddy in literally the last handful of pages of the entire trilogy. Presumably, they live HappilyEverAfter. * LovableRogue: Emily calls Perry this almost by name. * ManChild: Cousin Jimmy. He's never been quite "all there" since the accident when he was a child -- but Emily knows that whatever part of him is not "there," it certainly isn't his heart. * MissingMom: Juliet Murray was dead long before the first book started; the suspicious disappearance of Ilse's mother also ends up being an important plot point. * MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Emily's father, before his death. Emily herself, possibly, later in the books. Dean Priest is an outcast in his own family for his deformity, and has developed a deep cynical streak as a result of this, but nonetheless he becomes one of Emily's best friends, a kindred spirit for her. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when [[spoiler: he reveals how much he wants to control and possess Emily.]] [[DoubleSubvertedTrope Double Subverted]] when [[spoiler: he redeems himself by breaking their engagement and sending the key to the Disappointed House.]] * MostWritersAreWriters: There are some strong autobiographical ties between L.M. Montgomery herself and Emily, much more than the Anne books. * MouthyKid: Ilse. And ''how''. A side-effect of her SpoiledBrat (and WildChild) upbringing due to her own MissingMom. * MyBelovedSmother: Teddy Kent's mother is scarily possessive. * MyGirlIsNotASlut: Dr. Burnley [[spoiler: finds this out when he discovers that his wife did not leave him for another man but rather fell into a well and died years ago.]] * {{Nephewism}}: Rather, Nieceism. * MyGreatestFailure: When they were children, Aunt Elizabeth pushed Cousin Jimmy into a well in a fit of temper, leaving Jimmy slightly brain damaged. He pities rather than resents Elizabeth for this because he realizes she was sick with guilt afterwards. Her allowing Jimmy to live at New Moon and acting as his caregiver may be her way of [[TheAtoner atoning]]. * OldMaid: Both of the aunts. ** ChristmasCake: And Aunt Elizabeth isn't too happy when Emily stays unmarried at 24... * OutdatedOutfit: Emily is mortified when she is made to wear an old fashioned sun bonnet and apron with sleeves (or "baby apron") to school * OrphansOrdeal: The whole point of the books. * PointyEars: Emily has slightly pointed ears, which some characters comment on as "elfin." Oddly, the Verse of the stories is almost entirely mundane. * {{Pride}}: A distinguishing trait of the Murrays. Even Emily has her fair share of it. * ThePromise: Quite a few of these, but Emily's deal not to write fiction as long as she's at Shrewsbury is one of the more significant ones. * PurpleEyes: Emily's [[KaleidoscopeEyes shift between looking]] purple and grey and, sometimes, black. * RaisedByGrandparents: Or, at least, much-older aunts and uncles. * ReleasingFromThePromise: Emily's Aunt Elizabeth informs her, two years into college, that since a rich relative took up the costs, and the promise to not write fiction had been made in return for the tuition, the aunt feels obliged to release her. * TheResenter: Teddy Kent's mother. * RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Arguably, Ilse and Emily. * RunawayBride: Ilse pulls this off in pretty impressive fashion when she hears (mistakenly) that Perry's been fatally injured in a car crash just before her wedding with Teddy is about to start. * SadistTeacher: Ms Brownell. Oh, Ms Brownell. * SecretDiary: Emily has bad luck keeping her secret diaries secret. Before Emily leaves for New Moon Aunt Elizabeth finds an old account book Emily uses as a diary. Emily manages to burn it before Aunt Elizabeth reads it, but later Aunt Elizabeth does read the secret letters Emily writes to her deceased father, and is angered and hurt by what Emily has written about her. Emily accidentally gives Mr. Carpenter a book of her character sketches of people she knows, but Mr. Carpenter is merely amused and impressed by her writing ability. * SelfMadeMan: Perry Miller. * SecondLove: Subverted in case of Ilse and Ted, when they get engaged. Ilse describes it as 'second-hand love'. * SinsOfOurFathers: So, so deeply ingrained in the society of the books. Saying these people hold grudges is putting it mildly. Ilse, especially, suffers from it in the first book, thanks to what everyone thinks her mother did when she was a baby. * SpiritedYoungLady: Emily is one; Ilse is too much of a tomboy to count. * StepfordSmiler: Both Emily and Ilse become this for a good part of the last book, when both they grow up to be rather unhappy young women. Okay, Emily stops smiling after [[spoiler:breaking her engagement with Dean]] and it becomes more of a case of Stepford Pride. * TalkingInYourDreams: Emily, in the midst of a fever dream, [[spoiler:reveals what really happened to Ilse's mother, even though [[DreamingOfThingsToCome there's no way she could have known]]]]. * TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Ilse is the wild child and Emily is much better at domestic tasks when they're children. Later in life Ilse becomes quite concerned with fashion and a social butterfly, while Emily becomes more of a reclusive eccentric. * TranquilFury: How Emily gets mad, contrasted with Ilse's much more violent displays of anger. * UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Perry thinks he's one of these to Emily. And, for a good part of the last book, ''everyone'' toward some of the other ones in the pack, until things get fixed. [[spoiler:Thank goodness, Ilse leaves Ted at the altar.]] * VictorianNovelDisease: Emily's father died of consumption and several of the Murrays think she'll suffer the same fate. As a result, she has to do unpleasant things like sleep with the bedroom windows closed (Emily loves the outdoors and fresh air) because night air is believed to be unhealthy. * VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Ultimately the fate for Emily and Teddy, and Ilse and Perry. * WhenSheSmiles: Emily is not supposed to be beautiful, but everyone forgets about that when she smiles. * WifeHusbandry: It's unclear how much of Dean's relationship with Emily falls under this trope. Suffice it to say that he was [[MayDecemberRomance her father's best friend]], and he's known her since she was ''very'' young. Dean also consistently implies that he has a claim on her life, having saved it the day they met. * WrongSideOfTheTracks: Perry Miller, who works as a hired boy for the Murrays when young, comes from a impoverished low class community called Stovepipe Town. He is determined to make good for himself and becomes a politician. ----[[redirect:Literature/EmilyOfNewMoon]]
29th Mar '13 10:36:18 PM Trippetta
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* MyGreatestFailure: When they were children, Aunt Elizabeth pushes Cousin Jimmy into a well in a fit of temper, and Jimmy is left slightly brain damaged. He pities rather than resents Elizabeth for this because he realizes she was sick with guilt afterwards. Her allowing Jimmy to live at New Moon and acting as a caretaker may be her way of [[TheAtoner atoning]].
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* MyGreatestFailure: When they were children, Aunt Elizabeth pushes pushed Cousin Jimmy into a well in a fit of temper, and leaving Jimmy is left slightly brain damaged. He pities rather than resents Elizabeth for this because he realizes she was sick with guilt afterwards. Her allowing Jimmy to live at New Moon and acting as a caretaker his caregiver may be her way of [[TheAtoner atoning]].
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* MyGreatestFailure: When they were children, Aunt Elizabeth pushes Cousin Jimmy into a well in a fit of temper, and Jimmy is left slightly brain damaged. He pities rather than resents Elizabeth for this because he realizes she was sick with guilt afterwards. Her allowing Jimmy to live at New Moon and acting as a caretaker may be her way of [[TheAtoner atoning]].
9th Jan '13 10:31:19 AM Animad345
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* UglyGuyHotWife: How everyone views Dean and Emily together.
9th Jan '13 7:20:53 AM Tianzi
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* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Emily, of course. Aunt Elizabeth is an aged example, with hair turning gray, but double on aloofness.
7th Jan '13 5:56:34 PM trippetaa
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* ChildrenAreCruel: Several girls tease Emily on her first day of school at Blair Water. They are less nasty the next day however, and Emily ends up befriending most ofthem,
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* ChildrenAreCruel: Several girls tease Emily on her first day of school at Blair Water. They are less nasty the next day however, and Emily ends up befriending most ofthem,of them.

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* ChildrenAreCruel: Several girls tease KubrickStare: The Murray look. Like her grandfather Archibald Murray, Emily on her first day of school at Blair Water. They are less nasty the next day however, looks really scary when she's angry and Emily ends up befriending most ofthem,can even intimidate Miss Brownwell and Aunt Elizabeth with this expression.
7th Jan '13 9:16:28 AM MysticalChicken
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* BrutalHonesty: Mr. Carpenter in unsparing when it comes to critiquing Emily's work. The trope is subverted with Dean when he savages Emily's first novel not because he actually thinks it's bad as because he resents anything that takes her attention from him.
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* BrutalHonesty: Mr. Carpenter in is unsparing when it comes to critiquing Emily's work. The trope is subverted with Dean when he savages Emily's first novel not because he actually thinks it's bad as because he resents anything that takes her attention from him.
7th Jan '13 9:14:27 AM MysticalChicken
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* AlphaBitch: Rhonda. Emily is at first drawn to her for her pretty and sweet appearance, but soon learns better. ** Eveline Blake in the second book as well.
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* AlphaBitch: Rhonda.Rhoda. Emily is at first drawn to her for her pretty and sweet appearance, but soon learns better. ** Eveline Evelyn Blake in the second book as well.
4th Jan '13 10:38:14 AM Tianzi
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** Eveline Blake in the second book as well.

* BrokenBird: Mrs. Kent. Later Emily and Ilse.

* ChickMagnet: As stated above, Teddy. From as early, as his school years (he's even first mentioned when Rhoda Stuart claims he's her 'fiance'). ** DudeMagnet: Both Emily and Ilse when they grow up, though the latter mostly off-screen.

** CrazyJealousGuy: Dean Priest, engaging {{Manipulative Bastard}}ry. Over a ''book''.

* {{Determinator}}: Nobody is as stubborn as Perry.

* FatalFlaw: Dean's jealousy, Emily's (and the rest of the Murrays' as well, really) pride.

* KissingCousins: Emily stands against the idea.

* OldMaid: Both of the aunts. ** ChristmasCake: And Aunt Elizabeth isn't too happy when Emily stays unmarried at 24...

* SelfMadeMan: Perry Miller
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* SelfMadeMan: Perry MillerMiller. * SecondLove: Subverted in case of Ilse and Ted, when they get engaged. Ilse describes it as 'second-hand love'.

* SelfMadeMan: Perry MillerStepfordSmiler: Both Emily and Ilse become this for a good part of the last book, when both they grow up to be rather unhappy young women. Okay, Emily stops smiling after [[spoiler:breaking her engagement with Dean]] and it becomes more of a case of Stepford Pride.

* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Perry thinks he's one of these to Emily.
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* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Perry thinks he's one of these to Emily. And, for a good part of the last book, ''everyone'' toward some of the other ones in the pack, until things get fixed. [[spoiler:Thank goodness, Ilse leaves Ted at the altar.]]
29th Dec '12 11:16:43 PM trippetaa
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* OldClothing: Emily is mortified when she is made to wear an old fashioned sun bonnet and apron with sleeves (or "baby apron") to school
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* OldClothing: OutdatedOutfit: Emily is mortified when she is made to wear an old fashioned sun bonnet and apron with sleeves (or "baby apron") to school
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