Creator / Gene Stratton Porter

Gene Stratton-Porter (birth name Geneva Grace Stratton) was a 19th-century author nature books and children's books noted for their heavy use of natural themes and promotion of conservation. Her best known works are Freckles and A Girl of the Limberlost.

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Tropes featured in her work

  • Alone Among the Couples: In The Song of the Cardinal
  • Ambiguous Gender: The Scout Master in The Keeper of the Bees also has a Gender-Blender Name and the narration is very careful not to use pronouns, save in one place where "he" is unavoidable. The Scout Master has taken extreme pains to keep her gender a secret.
  • Blue Blood: Even American characters often have long pedigrees.
  • Bride and Switch: In The Keeper of the Bees, a young woman tells Jamie there is an unborn baby who needs a father. Jamie assumes she's speaking of herself and, having fallen in love with her on sight, agrees to marry her. When they call him to collect the baby, the mother is not the girl he married; it's her sister.
  • Cinderella Circumstances: Kate in A Daughter of the Land
  • Deep Sleep: In Michael O'Halloran, this terrifies Mickey in Peaches.
  • Death by Childbirth: Happens to the mother of Little Jamie in The Keeper of the Bees.
  • Delinquent Hair: Dyeing hair is not a good sign in Her Father's Daughter.
  • Domestic Abuse: The Song of the Cardinal features it among woodpeckers.
  • A Friend in Need: Douglas, in the opening of Michael O'Halloran
  • Ghibli Hills: An occasion for Scenery Porn in The Song of the Cardinal
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The cardinal in The Song of the Cardinal
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: a child in The Song of the Cardinal
  • Idle Rich: In Michael O'Halloran
  • I Have No Son: Freckles's grandfather's attitude
  • Ill Girl: Peaches in Michael O'Halloran
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Mickey in Michael O'Halloran
  • In the Blood: On her 18th birthday, in Her Father's Daughter, Linda receives a letter from her deceased father. Before she opens it, she tells the man with her that she is quite certain that it tells her that Eileen is not really her father's daughter and not really her sister.
    Before I open this envelope I am going to tell you what I believe it contains. I have not the slightest evidence except personal conviction, but I believe that the paper inside this envelope is written by my father's hand and I believe it tells me that he was not Eileen's father and that I am not her sister. If it does not say this, then there is nothing in race and blood and inherited tendencies."
  • I Will Wait for You: In Her Father's Daughter, Donald's mother is very firm with him about how he should not ask for this.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: in Michael O'Halloran
  • Love Makes You Dumb: The cardinal's opinion, though part of it is, even he realizes, his envy that the dove is already mated.
  • Magical Nanny: Magical tutor in Michael O'Halloran
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: In Song of the Cardinal.
  • May-December Romance: the cardinal's parents in The Song of the Cardinal.
  • Meaningful Name: In Michael O'Halloran, the meaning is explicitly given to ensure the reader knows.
  • Nature Lover: Constantly.
  • Orphanage of Fear: In Michael O'Halloran Mickey's mother was at pains to keep him out of the orphange, and Peaches dreads the prospect.
  • Parental Abandonment: Mickey in Michael O'Halloran
  • Parental Favoritism: The cardinal in The Song of the Cardinal
  • Parental Marriage Veto: The Bates sons in A Daughter Of the Land
  • The Patriarch: the father in A Daughter of the Land
  • Returning War Vet: Jamie Mac Farland in The Keeper of the Bees. Mostly, he uses his common sense.
  • Royal Brat: Minturn's sons in Michael O'Halloran
  • Rules of Orphan Economics: In Michael O'Halloran
  • The Runt at the End: Kate in A Daughter of the Land
  • Scenery Porn: Particularly the opening of The Song of the Cardinal.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Agatha in A Daughter of the Land
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: In Michael O'Halloran
  • Street Urchin: In Michael O'Halloran
  • Thicker Than Water: The she-cardinal lost her family in the migration, a misfortune.
  • Unable to Support a Wife: In Her Father's Daughter, Donald's mother is very firm that it will take him years to avoid this, and it's unfair to Linda to even ask her to wait.
  • The Unfavourite: A she-cardinal in The Song of the Cardinal
  • Wrong Side of the Tracks: Both Peaches and Mickey in Michael O'Halloran
  • Yellow Peril: Despite its nature-loving themes and its romances, Her Father's Daughter is centrally a heavy-headed warning against it.