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21st May '18 6:30:51 AM jaydude
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* ''Spy School'' Series:
** Throughout ''Evil Spy School'', Ben gradually finds information pointing to SPYDER's plot, [[spoiler: using missiles to blow up all of New York's tunnels and bridges while using their private construction crew to reconstruct the bridges, making them millions in the process]] while undercover in SPYDER's headquarters. Ben couldn't understand any of the evidence pointing towards the scheme, but about halfway through, he gets in contact with someone who could decode the evidence, Erica Hale.
** '''You'd Expect:''' Ben to tell Erica all the information he gathered.
** '''Instead:''' Ben tells her ''practically nothing'' about what he learned, only telling her about a safe in SPYDER's control center.
** '''As A Result''' Erica instructs Ben to use an outright moronic plan described below to bust open the safe.
** Later on, Erica tosses Ben an electronic safecracker to crack the safe's password. Ben does as expected, he finds a chance to break in the control center and starts up the safecracker. Sadly, the device fails at its job. Erica "prepared" for this situation by giving Ben a back-up plan: ''blowing up the freaking safe.''
** ''You'd Expect:'' Ben to ignore this suicidal move and start up the safecracker again.
** ''Instead:'' Ben detonates the safecracker.
** ''As A Result:'' Ben barely escapes the compound alive. Hundreds of armed agents sprint towards Ben with no signs of mercy. If is wasn't for a bulldozer, Ben would have kicked the bucket right then and there.
** ''Compounding It:'' Even after breaking out of SPYDER's base, Ben ''still'' doesn't tell Erica about the information.
** Using their only lead, thanks to Erica's and Ben's stupidity, the duo, alongside Alexander and Cyrus, travel to Sandy Hook to check its missiles. When they arrive, they find dynamite stuck on all the missiles, thanks to SPYDER. Cyrus's partner ambushed the spys on the island, thinking they were the ones who are blowing up the missiles.
** ''You'd Expect:'' Cyrus's partner would question why Cyrus would return back to the island with hundreds of active missiles.
** ''Instead:'' His partner ignores Cyrus's words, triggering a chase with the CIA, NYPD, NJPD, Homeland Security, and the Coast Guard that almost ends in Ben's death.


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* ''Spy School'' Series:
** Throughout ''Evil Spy School'', Ben gradually finds information pointing to SPYDER's plot, [[spoiler: using missiles to blow up all of New York's tunnels and bridges while using their private construction crew to reconstruct the bridges, making them millions in the process]] while undercover in SPYDER's headquarters. Ben couldn't understand any of the evidence pointing towards the scheme, but about halfway through, he gets in contact with someone who could decode the evidence, Erica Hale.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Ben to tell Erica all the information he gathered.\\
'''Instead:''' Ben tells her ''practically nothing'' about what he learned, only telling her about a safe in SPYDER's control center.\\
'''As A Result''' Erica instructs Ben to use an outright moronic plan described below to bust open the safe.
** Later on, Erica tosses Ben an electronic safecracker to crack the safe's password. Ben does as expected, he finds a chance to break in the control center and starts up the safecracker. Sadly, the device fails at its job. Erica "prepared" for this situation by giving Ben a back-up plan: ''blowing up the freaking safe.''\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Ben to ignore this suicidal move and start up the safecracker again.\\
'''Instead:''' Ben detonates the safecracker.\\
'''As A Result:''' Ben barely escapes the compound alive. Hundreds of armed agents sprint towards Ben with no signs of mercy. If is wasn't for a bulldozer, Ben would have kicked the bucket right then and there.\\
'''Compounding It:''' Even after breaking out of SPYDER's base, Ben ''still'' doesn't tell Erica about the information.
** Using their only lead, thanks to Erica's and Ben's stupidity, the duo, alongside Alexander and Cyrus, travel to Sandy Hook to check its missiles. When they arrive, they find dynamite stuck on all the missiles, thanks to SPYDER. Cyrus's partner ambushes the spies on the island, thinking they're the ones who are blowing up the missiles.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Cyrus's partner would question why Cyrus would return back to the island with hundreds of active missiles.\\
'''Instead:''' His partner ignores Cyrus's words, triggering a chase with the CIA, NYPD, NJPD, Homeland Security, and the Coast Guard that almost ends in Ben's death.
11th May '18 9:55:03 PM Jayalaw
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* In the present day, Stanley Yelnats IV is arrested for allegedly stealing a pair of shoes from a charity. His family is poor, due to his dad being a failed inventor. There's also the streak of bad luck that has run in the family ever since his great-great-grandfather accidentally left an old woman who helped him to die. They can't afford a lawyer for his trial.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That his family would learn that they could get a free lawyer, if they can't afford one. It might not have done much good, given how the justice system in the United States is weighed against the poor and run by corporations, but it might have made a speck of a difference since Stanley is white, and he actually had an alibi.\\

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* ** In the present day, Stanley Yelnats IV is arrested for allegedly stealing a pair of shoes from a charity. His family is poor, due to his dad being a failed inventor. There's also the streak of bad luck that has run in the family ever since his great-great-grandfather accidentally left an old woman who helped him to die. They can't afford a lawyer for his trial.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That his family would learn that they could get a free lawyer, if they can't afford one. It might not have done much good, given how the justice system in the United States is weighed against the poor and prisons are run by for-profit corporations, but it might have made a speck of a difference since Stanley is white, and he actually had an alibi.\\
11th May '18 9:53:17 PM Jayalaw
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''"The Result''': No one believes him, especially the baseball player who donated his shoes to that charity. The judge, implied to be in Ms. Walker's payroll, takes the opportunity to give Stanley the option of either jail or Camp Green Lake, where a kid was sent to the hospital due to stepping on a rattlesnake. Stanley chooses camp, obviously, because it sounds better than going to jail. He has no idea that Camp Green Lake may as well be a prison, with how the kids are trapped by the desert and are subject to arbitrary authority figures. Much later on, [[spoiler:when his family finally gets their luck turned around and hires a lawyer from the patent money, she quickly finds his alibi and manages to prove Stanley's innocence. With that said, Stanley ultimately feels grateful for feeling blamed and sent to Camp Green Lake because it means that he runs into Hector Zeroni, and saving Hector from the desert ends up breaking the family curse. It also means that he and Hector become lifelong friends due to them working together and saving each other.]]

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''"The '''The Result''': No one believes him, especially the baseball player who donated his shoes to that charity. The judge, implied [[spoiler:implied to be in Ms. Walker's payroll, payroll]], takes the opportunity to give Stanley the option of either jail or Camp Green Lake, where a kid was sent to the hospital due to stepping on a rattlesnake. Stanley chooses camp, obviously, because it sounds better than going to jail. He has no idea that Camp Green Lake may as well be a prison, with how the kids are trapped by the desert and are subject to arbitrary authority figures. Much later on, [[spoiler:when his family finally gets their luck turned around and hires a lawyer from the patent money, she quickly finds his alibi and manages to prove Stanley's innocence. With that said, Stanley ultimately feels grateful for feeling blamed and sent to Camp Green Lake because it means that he runs into Hector Zeroni, and saving Hector from the desert ends up breaking the family curse. It also means that he and Hector become lifelong friends due to them working together and saving each other.]]
11th May '18 9:52:39 PM Jayalaw
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* "Literature/{{Holes}}:

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* "Literature/{{Holes}}:''Literature/{{Holes}}'':
11th May '18 9:52:18 PM Jayalaw
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* "Literature/{{Holes}}:
** In the past in the town of Green Lake, a schoolteacher named Kate Barlow is the darling of the town's men, especially its local tycoon Trout Walker. Kate pays the local onion man Sam to repair the schoolhouse, so that it goes from a leaky, creaky shack to the newest building in town. Trout, already chagrined by Kate turning him down for a date due to the fact that she's his teacher in the night classes, finds out from the local gossip that Sam and Kate kissed in the schoolhouse, when they thought they were alone. In the film adaptation, he actually witnesses it.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That Trout would lead the angry mob to exile Kate and Sam but leave the school alone. The schoolhouse belongs to the town, not to Kate. Not to mention that it's valuable for the students. Also, Kate doesn't want to date ''anyone'' in town because she is a teacher, not a lover or a toy for the men. \\
'''Instead''': Trout lead the mob to destroy the schoolhouse, accusing Kate of corrupting the students. Then he gets in his motorboat to chase her down and Sam, since Kate found out from the sheriff that it's against the law -- Jim Crow era-- for a white woman to kiss a black guy and that he's preparing to hang Sam unless Kate kisses the sheriff. Trout manages to shoot Sam and his donkey, Mary Lou, who was left behind in the chase. Kate was then rescued from the remains of Sam's boat against her will.\\
'''The Result''': The schoolhouse is one of the many losses that Green Lake suffers; one of its former students, Linda Miller, finds reason to marry Trout for his money. Kate goes from a sweet schoolteacher to a raging bandit, who starts shooting men after robbing them and kissing them. Her first victim is the sheriff, whom demanded a kiss in exchange for Sam's life. The only reason that she doesn't hunt down Trout and kill him is because she wants him to live in misery, and unleashes a DyingCurse on him when he and his wife Linda catch up to her and interrogate her about her robbery treasures. In addition, rain stops falling in Green Lake, turning it into a barren wasteland rather than the paradise it once was. To make money off it, [[spoiler:Trout's great-granddaughter Ms. Walker creates a prison labor camp and then later has to sell it after the Attorney General and Stanley's new lawyer find evidence of child abuse, closing down the camp]].
* In the present day, Stanley Yelnats IV is arrested for allegedly stealing a pair of shoes from a charity. His family is poor, due to his dad being a failed inventor. There's also the streak of bad luck that has run in the family ever since his great-great-grandfather accidentally left an old woman who helped him to die. They can't afford a lawyer for his trial.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That his family would learn that they could get a free lawyer, if they can't afford one. It might not have done much good, given how the justice system in the United States is weighed against the poor and run by corporations, but it might have made a speck of a difference since Stanley is white, and he actually had an alibi.\\
'''Instead''': They don't hire a lawyer, even a free one. Stanley instead tells the truth, as his mother said: "The shoes fell from the sky, like a gift from God". While it's what happened, it sounds utterly incredulous and ridiculous. Especially since we learn that they fell from the highway above the sidewalk Stanley was strolling.\\
''"The Result''': No one believes him, especially the baseball player who donated his shoes to that charity. The judge, implied to be in Ms. Walker's payroll, takes the opportunity to give Stanley the option of either jail or Camp Green Lake, where a kid was sent to the hospital due to stepping on a rattlesnake. Stanley chooses camp, obviously, because it sounds better than going to jail. He has no idea that Camp Green Lake may as well be a prison, with how the kids are trapped by the desert and are subject to arbitrary authority figures. Much later on, [[spoiler:when his family finally gets their luck turned around and hires a lawyer from the patent money, she quickly finds his alibi and manages to prove Stanley's innocence. With that said, Stanley ultimately feels grateful for feeling blamed and sent to Camp Green Lake because it means that he runs into Hector Zeroni, and saving Hector from the desert ends up breaking the family curse. It also means that he and Hector become lifelong friends due to them working together and saving each other.]]
30th Mar '18 2:02:51 PM WildKatGirl
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*** In return, the stork invites the fox to dinner, but serves her soup in tall jugs the fox can't drink from.

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*** In return, the stork invites the fox to dinner, but serves her soup in tall jugs the fox can't drink from.\\
30th Mar '18 2:02:10 PM WildKatGirl
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** ''The Fox and the Stork''
*** The fox invites the stork to dinner, but serves soup in shallow dishes the stork can't easily drink from.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The stork to point out that she can't eat her soup, forcing the fox to find her a bowl or jug for her or seem unnecessarily rude.\\
'''Instead:''' The stork doesn't eat her soup, and the fox pretends to believe she doesn't like it so he gets a second portion.
*** In return, the stork invites the fox to dinner, but serves her soup in tall jugs the fox can't drink from.
'''You'd Expect:''' The fox to tip the jug towards himself so he can drink the soup. If the stork objects to this, he can reasonably point out that she's provided him with a jug he can't drink from. If she says that he did the same thing to her, he can say that since she never complained, he assumed there was no problem.\\
'''Instead:''' The fox doesn't get any soup.
30th Mar '18 7:01:06 AM WildKatGirl
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** [[{{Seer}} Fiver]], and Hazel see a notice board, and Fiver gets an overwhelming sense that something terrible is going to happen to Sandleford warren. They both go to warn the Threarah [[note]]the chief rabbit[[/note]] of the impending danger.\\

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** [[{{Seer}} Fiver]], Fiver]] and Hazel see a notice board, and Fiver gets an overwhelming sense that something terrible is going to happen to Sandleford warren. They both go to warn the Threarah [[note]]the chief rabbit[[/note]] of the impending danger.\\
30th Mar '18 7:00:49 AM WildKatGirl
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** Fiver, a {{seer}}, and Hazel see a notice board, and Fiver gets an overwhelming sense that something terrible is going to happen to Sandleford warren. They both go to warn the Threarah [[note]]the chief rabbit[[/note]] of the impending danger.\\

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** Fiver, a {{seer}}, [[{{Seer}} Fiver]], and Hazel see a notice board, and Fiver gets an overwhelming sense that something terrible is going to happen to Sandleford warren. They both go to warn the Threarah [[note]]the chief rabbit[[/note]] of the impending danger.\\
30th Mar '18 6:59:49 AM WildKatGirl
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** Woundwort and Co. break into the burrow at Watership Down, and see Fiver lying on the floor unconscious. Woundwort concludes that he is dead.\\

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** Woundwort and Co. break into the burrow warren at Watership Down, and see Fiver lying on the floor unconscious. Woundwort concludes that he is dead.\\
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