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Louie W

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Episode 14: Turf Wars And Paratrooper Knights
aside from playing their instruments and the older fairies have yet to talk to animals that I can remember.

13th Dec '10 10:17:49 AM flag for mods
A parlor is a special room in your house for receiving guests, separate from say the living room. Obviously, this was generally a middle-class and up thing. Back in the day, it was the custom to entertain one's guests with your family's talents if any. So for example, the family piano would be in the parlor so that whichever member of the family had some piano playing talent could show off.

Thus, "parlor trick", a simple bit of magic that an amateur could pull off, and "parlor games", designed to involve any number of players with very different skill levels.
SKJAM 14th Dec 10
Thanks for the background information there. I have no idea what I would do if I had to entertain guests with a talent of mine. However, I figure that Pepper, being a fairy, probably could do a lot of pretty interesting things (flying for one).
LouieW 14th Dec 10
Oh, I don't think it spoils anything to say that we will see Greta's parlor later on.

Some more miscellania: Since the parlor was for guests, it usually had the most expensive furniture and decorations in the house. A down-at-the-heels family might have a beautiful parlor and basically bare walls and orange crate furnishings for the rest of the house. In older literature, it's often noted by characters that a particular parlor is overly glitzy or in appalling but expensive taste, which means that the family is nouveau riche or social climbers.

And if you were invited beyond the parlor, it meant you were considered family.
SKJAM 14th Dec 10
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