* {{Anvilicious}}: Again, the book is amazingly non-preachy in most of the lessons it teaches. The only truly overhanded moments seem to come when the author snarks about [[AcceptableTargets the idiocy of tourists]], and the historical description of Smailholm Tower that acts as a coda to the book, wherein she makes it clear she considers [[NostalgiaFilter the lessons and resources of the past to be superior to modern life]] and that, so long as we remain in harmony with nature rather than running roughshod over it, our works will last far beyond our current vaunted science and industrialization.
* TearJerker: [[spoiler:Cedric's death.]] Ollie-Mae's reaction to the ruined abbey, and her talk with Elinor about John the Carver ("He made it for me--to watch over me. Where is John the Carver now?") also count.