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''Freckles'' is a novel by Creator/GeneStrattonPorter about a young adult orphan who finds work, and the beauty of nature, in a job at a lumber camp.

Available online [[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/111 here]].

A sequel was published by the same author, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Girl_of_the_Limberlost A Girl of the Limberlost]]'', which follows a protege of Freckles.

!!Tropes included:

* AbusiveParents: Freckles fears this in his backstory.
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: One villain will not return without being at least half drunk.
* AloneInACrowd: How Freckles felt in the orphanage.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Freckles fears his parents would be this.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Angel dreads that she will find bad parents at the end of her quest, because they are aristocrats.
-->''"A Lord-man!" she groaned despairingly. "A Lord-man! Bet my hoecake's scorched! Here I've gone and pledged my word to Freckles I'd find him some decent relatives, that he could be proud of, and now there isn't a chance out of a dozen that he'll have to be ashamed of them after all. It's too mean!" ''
%%* BenevolentBoss: [=McLean=]
* BlueBlood: Angel has ancestors that reach back to Plymouth Rock. Freckles turns out to be a [[spoiler:grandson of a nobleman]].
%%* BoundAndGagged: Freckles as prisoner
* ButterflyOfTransformation: A Luna moth causes Freckles deep frustration at his ignorance, a fit which lasts until it occurs to him that he could learn better.
%%* CampCook: First person Freckles meets at the lumbering camp.
%%* ChangelingFantasy: Inverted.
* ColdBloodedTorture: How [[spoiler:Wessner]] intends to [[spoiler:kill]] Freckles.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Angel's finding Freckles's aunt and uncle.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Freckles. He was not only a DoorStopBaby but seriously injured at the point at which he was found.
* DeathByDespair: Starts to kill Freckles at one point.
* DirtyBusiness: Black Jack realizes this when he thinks he has a chance with Angel.
%%* DirtyCoward: Several villains.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Freckles fears pity.
%%* DoorStopBaby: Freckles's BackStory
* DramaticThunder: Rouses Freckles from his thoughts at one point.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: One villain objects to watching torture. Another objects to the notion of murder.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: A bribe attempt is made.
* FaceYourFears: Freckles faces down the swamp through his first weeks, and then when he kills a rattlesnake.
* FirstKiss: Angel doesn't quite realize its significance, but Freckles does.
%%* FishOutOfWater: Freckles in the Limberlost at first
%%* FriendToAllLivingThings: Freckles.
* FunetikAksent: Freckles speaks with an Irish accent despite being born and raised in Chicago.
%%* GeniusLoci: Freckles takes Angel for this.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Angel threatens to slap Freckles once.
* GhibliHills: The Limberlost, at least among those who know it.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Angel is convinced she will just heal after a cut.
* GoodWingsEvilWings: Freckles ponders it when he finds a feather.
%%* GrayEyes: Freckles.
* GuardianAngel: Angel hails Freckles as this.
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Freckles is a bit old for the role but still pulls it off.
* HeroicSacrifice: Freckles pushes Angel out of the way of a fallen tree and gets hurt himself.
* HomeSweetHome: Freckles longs for a place to claim as home.
%%* HowDareYouDieOnMe
%%* IChooseToStay: Freckles in the end.
* IHaveNoSon: Freckles' grandfather's attitude. When he gets a letter telling him that his disobedient son and his wife are dead, leaving an infant grandson, he files the letter away. Nothing is done until he dies and his other son finds the letter.
%%* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Angel.
%%* InTheBlood: Freckles fears this.
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: Many characters in ''Freckles'' are known solely by nickname, such as Freckles himself. Porter's avatar is "the Bird Woman"; Freckles falls hard for "the Swamp Angel", whose father is "the Man of Affairs".
* TheLadysFavour: A blue ribbon for Freckles.
* LaughingMad: Freckles's reaction to learning his SecretLegacy is known.
* LonersAreFreaks: Mrs. Duncan worries about the effect of solitude on Freckles.
%%* TheLostWoods
%%* LoveAtFirstSight: Freckles for Angel.
* ManlyTears: When Lord O'More hears that Angel can tell them about their nephew. Later, when Freckles first hears someone call him "Mr. O'More."
* MeaningfulRename: Freckles is given a new legal name when he's hired.
%%* NatureLover: Freckles.
* NonIdleRich: Freckles is much impressed by them.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Angel before the villains.
* {{Oireland}}: Freckles has a notable number of tropes.
* OminousOwl: The owls' hoots at night are unnerving.
* OneWordTitle: Also a ProtagonistTitle.
* OrphanageOfFear: Freckles's orphanage was not cruel, but it was not pleasant, either.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: Of less sentimental importance to Freckles that usual.
%%* ParentalAbandonment: Freckles.
%%* ParentalMarriageVeto: Discussed.
* ParentalSubstitute: Freckles has two, [=McLean=] for father and Mrs. Duncan for mother.
* PeopleOfHairColor: Red-haired Irish.
%%* PostVictoryCollapse: Freckles, after a fight.
* PluckyGirl: What seals the LoveAtFirstSight for Freckles is the knowledge that she knows about, and does not fear, the snakes..
* ThePromise: Freckles makes one when he realizes he can cure his ignorance.
* ProtagonistTitle: He's named after his freckles.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Freckles is a friend to all living things -- except snakes.
* {{Revenge}}: Freckles confesses to desiring this.
* ScarsAreForever: Freckles warns Angel that her cut could scar.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Freckles doesn't recognize the Bird Woman dressed for a party.
%%* SoProudOfYou: [=McLean=] of Freckles.
%%* SuddenlySuitableSuitor
%%* SwampsAreEvil: Subverted and played with.
* TextileWorkIsFeminine: Angel speaks at length on how mothers sew their babies' clothes.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Angel is struck by Freckles talking of Mr. [=McLean=], after [=McLean=] called Freckles his son.
* TheyHaveTheScent: They try to catch Black Jack with bloodhounds in ''Freckles''.
* ThresholdGuardians: The cook tells Freckles the boss won't have a place for him.
* TheTramp: Freckles looks like this but is truly seeking work.
%%* UnableToSupportAWife: In the BackStory.
%%* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Freckles to his uncle.
* ViceCity: Chicago, where parents might die and no one be able to find out who their children belonged to.
* TheWickedStage: In the BackStory, a wife had had go on stage -- to sing -- when a family was desperate.
-->''It was slow business, because he never had been taught to do a useful thing, and he didn't even know how to hunt work, least of all to do it when he found it; so pretty soon things were going wrong. But if he couldn't find work, she could always sing, so she sang at night, and made little things in the daytime. He didn't like her to sing in public, and he wouldn't allow her when he could HELP himself; but winter came, it was very cold, and fire was expensive.''
%%* YouthfulFreckles: Guess who?