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* NoSympathy: When Elsie is sad about something, he doesn't try to ask her what's wrong, help her out, or understand why, but instead berates her for crying and "disobeying" him. At one point, he tries to force feed Elsie when she says she's too sad to eat dinner.


* SpoiledBrat: When they were younger, he often attacked Elsie when he doesn't get his way with her. One such example is the incident with the watch, where he breaks it but tries to place the blame on Elsie.

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* SpoiledBrat: When they were younger, he often attacked Elsie when he doesn't get his way with her. One such example is the incident with the watch, where he breaks it but tries to place the blame on Elsie.
Elsie, or in the reprints, an innocent slave boy.


* WomanChild: She never really emotionally matured because her parents spoiled her, even when she became a mother herself.



* WomanChild: She never really emotionally matured because her parents spoiled her, even when she became a mother herself.



!! Adalaide Dinsmore

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!! Adalaide Adelaide Dinsmore



* SouthernBelle: She's the Bonne variant like her niece



* DeterminedWidow: Louise, for all her faults, is determined to put her daughter's though school after her husband died in the Civil War.



* SpoiledBrat: Louise, while not as bratty as Enna, does grow up into a gossipy RichBitch.

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* SpoiledBrat: Louise, while not nearly as bratty as Enna, does grow up into a gossipy RichBitch.



Elsie's aunt Adelaide's friend.
%% * HonoraryAunt: To Elsie

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Elsie's aunt Adelaide's friend.
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friend from the north.
* HonoraryAunt: To ElsieElsie, eventually becoming her [[GoodStepmother stepmother]]



%% * SecondLove: [[spoiler: To Horace]]

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%% * SecondLove: [[spoiler: To Horace]]
Horace



* MaidenAunt

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* MaidenAunt
MaidenAunt: She never married.


%% * HappilyMarried: To [[spoiler: Edward Travilla]] when she grows up.
%% * NiceGirl
%% * ThePollyanna: She tends to believe the best in everyone
%% * TokenReligiousTeammate: Was this to her family at first.

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%% * HappilyMarried: To [[spoiler: She marries Edward Travilla]] Travilla when she grows up.
%% * NiceGirl
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NiceGirl: One of the nicest characters in the series, to a fault.
* ThePollyanna: She tends to believe the best in everyone
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everyone, even people who mistreat her.
* TokenReligiousTeammate: Was Elsie was this to her family at first.first, as nobody else could comprehend why she's so obsessed with her Bible.



%% * SpoiledBrat: When they were younger, he often attacked Elsie when he doesn't get his way with her.

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%% * SpoiledBrat: When they were younger, he often attacked Elsie when he doesn't get his way with her.
her. One such example is the incident with the watch, where he breaks it but tries to place the blame on Elsie.


* BrattyHalfPint: The story begins when she's six years old, and she starts out as an insufferable little brat who takes Elsie's things for herself and throws tantrums when she doesn't get her way.



%% * SpoiledBrat: Hoo boy, is she...

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%% * SpoiledBrat: Hoo boy, is she...she a real brat. In the beginning, she deliberately takes Elsie's things and claims them as her own even when she's not entitled to it, and when she doesn't get her way, she throws a tantrum. Her parents actually condone her behavior rather than punish or discipline her for it, which is why she grows up to be a WomanChild in later books.



%% * RichBitch: Mrs. Dinsmore

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%% * RichBitch: Mrs. DinsmoreDinsmore. She's rich and wealthy, but hates Elsie and her stepson Horace, and is pretty much the reason why their relationship is so strained at first.



%% * SpoiledBrat: Louise, while not as bratty as Enna, does grow up into a gossipy RichBitch.

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%% * SpoiledBrat: Louise, while not as bratty as Enna, does grow up into a gossipy RichBitch.



* RedOniBlueOni: Much more mellow and genial than Horace (pre-conversion)

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* RedOniBlueOni: Much He is much more mellow and genial than Horace (pre-conversion)Horace, who was stoic, stern, and extremely short-tempered pre-conversion.



* DirtyCoward: For all his talk about killing Elsie or her friends, most of the time he finds on reason or another to put it off, or goes in when they're asleep or otherwise vulnerable.

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* DirtyCoward: For all his talk about killing Elsie or her friends, most of the time he finds on one reason or another to put it off, or goes in when they're asleep or otherwise vulnerable.


* HairTriggerTemper: Lots of things set him off, from Elsie not obeying his every command, to being told how to raise her. He even gets mad at Elsie for the most asinine things, such as crying (for justifiable reasons at that) and freeing a hummingbird that ''he himself trapped in a glass jar and attempted to kill for his own amusement.'' He calms down significantly after his HealFaithTurn.

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* HairTriggerTemper: Lots of things set him off, from Elsie not obeying his every command, to being told how to raise her. He even gets mad at Elsie for the most asinine things, such as crying (for justifiable reasons at that) and freeing a hummingbird that ''he himself trapped in a glass jar and attempted to kill for his own amusement.'' He calms down significantly after his HealFaithTurn.HeelFaithTurn.


* HairTriggerTemper: Lots of things set him off, from Elsie not obeying his every command, to being told how to raise her. He even gets mad at Elsie for the most asinine things, such as crying (for justifiable reasons at that) and freeing a hummingbird that ''he himself trapped in a glass jar and attempted to kill for his own amusement.''

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* HairTriggerTemper: Lots of things set him off, from Elsie not obeying his every command, to being told how to raise her. He even gets mad at Elsie for the most asinine things, such as crying (for justifiable reasons at that) and freeing a hummingbird that ''he himself trapped in a glass jar and attempted to kill for his own amusement.'''' He calms down significantly after his HealFaithTurn.


%% * HairTriggerTemper

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%% * HairTriggerTemper HairTriggerTemper: Lots of things set him off, from Elsie not obeying his every command, to being told how to raise her. He even gets mad at Elsie for the most asinine things, such as crying (for justifiable reasons at that) and freeing a hummingbird that ''he himself trapped in a glass jar and attempted to kill for his own amusement.''


* ExtremeDoormat: She tended to just put up with whatever crap her family threw at her, but to be fair, she knew no one except the slaves and her aunts Adelaide and Lora would have stood up for her. Even when her father punished her unfairly, she didn't stand up for herself, believing it to be the quickest way to earn his love. She matures out of this somewhat as an adult

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* ExtremeDoormat: She tended to just put up with whatever crap her family threw at her, but to be fair, she knew no one except the slaves and her aunts Adelaide and Lora would have stood up for her. Even when her father punished her unfairly, she didn't stand up for herself, believing it to be the quickest way to earn his love. She matures out of this somewhat as an adultadult, while still believing in TurnTheOtherCheek.


* ExtremeDoormat: She tended to just put up with whatever crap her family threw at her, but to be fair, she knew no one except the slaves and her aunts Adelaide and Lora would have stood up for her. Even when her father punished her unfairly, she didn't stand up for herself, believing it to be the quickest way to earn his love

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* ExtremeDoormat: She tended to just put up with whatever crap her family threw at her, but to be fair, she knew no one except the slaves and her aunts Adelaide and Lora would have stood up for her. Even when her father punished her unfairly, she didn't stand up for herself, believing it to be the quickest way to earn his lovelove. She matures out of this somewhat as an adult



%% !! Edward Travilla
%% Horace's old friend.
%% * AgeGapRomance: [[spoiler:With Elsie, whom he's 16 years older than.]]
%% * BettyAndVeronica: [[spoiler:The Betty between him and Tom Jackson]]
%% * HonoraryUncle: To Elsie, [[spoiler: which changes when he marries her]]
%% * RedOniBlueOni: The blue oni to Horace's red
%% * SouthernGentleman

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%% !! Edward Travilla
%% Horace's old friend.
%% * AgeGapRomance: [[spoiler:With Elsie, whom he's 16 years older than.]]
%% * BettyAndVeronica: [[spoiler:The Betty between him and Tom Jackson]]
%% * HonoraryUncle: To Elsie, [[spoiler: which changes when he marries her]]
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childhood friend
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue oni to Horace's red
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Much more mellow and genial than Horace (pre-conversion)
* SouthernGentleman



!! Wealthy Stanhope
Elsie's great-aunt
* CoolOldLady: She's friendly and cheerful to everyone
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: She's a bit out there, to say the least.
* MaidenAunt



* DirtyCoward: For all his talk about killing Elsie or her friends, most of the time he finds on reason or another to put if off, or goes in when they're asleep or otherwise vulnerable.

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* DirtyCoward: For all his talk about killing Elsie or her friends, most of the time he finds on reason or another to put if it off, or goes in when they're asleep or otherwise vulnerable.


* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: When they were younger, he often attacked Elsie when he doesn't get his way with her.He may be something a ne'er-do-well, but does have moments of kindness, rare they may be.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: When they were younger, he often attacked Elsie when he doesn't get his way with her.her, but still cared for her. He may be something a ne'er-do-well, but does have moments of kindness, rare they may be.


* ParentsAsPeople: He's kind of a temperamental jerk, but does care for Elsie [[spoiler: and his two children with Rose Allison.]]. Not helped that his stepmother tried to turn he against each other.

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* ParentsAsPeople: He's kind of a temperamental jerk, but does care for Elsie [[spoiler: and his two children with Rose Allison.]]. Not helped that his stepmother tried to turn he against each other.Allison]]. His temper is toned down a good deal in the reprints.



* WomanChild: She never really emotionally matured because her parents spoiled her.

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* WomanChild: She never really emotionally matured because her parents spoiled her.her, even when she became a mother herself.


* ShrinkingViolet: Walter, who's a male example, who is described as shy and bookish.

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* ShrinkingViolet: Walter, who's a male example, who is described as shy and bookish.


* RichBitch: Mrs. Dinsmore

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%% * RichBitch: Mrs. Dinsmore



* OldMaid: She is 26 when she marries.
* SpoiledSweet: She is generally a nice girl, even before her conversion.
* TurnToReligion: After her first fiance dies, Elsie helps her convert to Christianity

!! Mr. and Mrs. Dinsmore's other children (Lora, Louise, Walter)
Elsie's other aunts and uncle

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* OldMaid: She is 26 when she marries.
* SpoiledSweet: She is generally a nice girl, even before
marries and felt uneasy about her conversion.
age.
* TurnToReligion: After her first fiance dies, Elsie helps her convert to Christianity

Christianity.

!! Lora, Louise and Walter Dinsmore
Mr. and Mrs. Dinsmore's other children (Lora, Louise, Walter)
children; Elsie's other aunts and uncleuncle.



* [[spoiler: CharacterDeath: Walter dies in the Civil War after both parents shame him for his initial refusal to sign up for the military]]
* DeterminedWidow: Louise, for all her faults, is determined to put her daughter's though school after her husband died in the Civil War
* ShrinkingViolet: Walter, who's a male example, who is described as shy and bookish

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* [[spoiler: CharacterDeath: Walter [[spoiler:Walter dies in the Civil War after both parents shame him for his initial refusal to sign up for the military]]
military.]]
* DeterminedWidow: Louise, for all her faults, is determined to put her daughter's though school after her husband died in the Civil War
War.
* ShrinkingViolet: Walter, who's a male example, who is described as shy and bookishbookish.



* SpoiledBrat: Louise, while not as bratty as Enna, does grow up into a gossipy RichBitch.

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%% * SpoiledBrat: Louise, while not as bratty as Enna, does grow up into a gossipy RichBitch.



* {{Mammy}}: Elsie even calls her mammy sometimes.
* [[spoiler: OutlivingOnesOffspring: She had four children who are long dead by the start of the first book; two died of illness, one drowned, while a daughter lived to adulthood and had her own daughter, Dinah.]]
* ParentalSubstitute: Raised Elsie like she was her own child

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%% * {{Mammy}}: Elsie even calls her mammy sometimes.
* [[spoiler: * OutlivingOnesOffspring: She [[spoiler:She had four children who are long dead by the start of the first book; two died of illness, one drowned, while a daughter lived to adulthood and had her own daughter, Dinah.]]
* ParentalSubstitute: Raised Elsie like she was her own child
child.



%% * [[spoiler: BettyAndVeronica: The Veronica]]

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%% * [[spoiler: BettyAndVeronica: The BettyAndVeronica:[[spoiler:The Veronica]]


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* HappilyMarried: To [[spoiler: Edward Travilla]] when she grows up.
* NiceGirl
* ThePollyanna: She tends to believe the best in everyone
* TokenReligiousTeammate: Was this to her family at first.
* SouthernBelle: Charming, beautiful, kind to all that come her way. Definitely a Bonne Belle.

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%% * HappilyMarried: To [[spoiler: Edward Travilla]] when she grows up.
%% * NiceGirl
%% * ThePollyanna: She tends to believe the best in everyone
%% * TokenReligiousTeammate: Was this to her family at first.
* SouthernBelle: Charming, A charming, beautiful, kind lady from the South who is nice to all that come her way. Definitely a Bonne Belle.



* TheDandy: Was this in the first few books before maturing out of it.
* DotingParent: Becomes this to Elsie at the end of the second book, combined with OverprotectiveDad for good measure.
* HairTriggerTemper
* HeelFaithTurn
* MyGreatestFailure: He considers willingly going along with being separated from his first wife and leaving Elsie in the care of her relatives to be this.

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%% * TheDandy: Was this in the first few books before maturing out of it.
%% * DotingParent: Becomes this to Elsie at the end of the second book, combined with OverprotectiveDad for good measure.
%% * HairTriggerTemper
%% * HeelFaithTurn
* MyGreatestFailure: He considers willingly going along with being separated from his first wife and leaving Elsie in the care of her relatives to be this.his greatest mistake.
%% * OverprotectiveDad



* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Edward's blue.
* SouthernGentleman

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%% * RedOniBlueOni: The red to Edward's blue.
%% * SouthernGentleman



* WomanChild: She never really emotionally matured due to her parents spoiling her
* SouthernBelle: Grows up into the Mauvaise variant.
* SpoiledBrat: Hoo boy, is she...
* YoungerThanTheyLook: She was an early bloomer.

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* WomanChild: She never really emotionally matured due to because her parents spoiling her
spoiled her.
%%
* SouthernBelle: Grows up into the Mauvaise variant.
%% * SpoiledBrat: Hoo boy, is she...
%% * YoungerThanTheyLook: She was an early bloomer.



* [[spoiler: CharacterDeath: He and his brother Walter die in the Civil War]]

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* [[spoiler: CharacterDeath: He [[spoiler:He and his brother Walter die in the Civil War]]



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He may be something a ne'er-do-well, but does have moments of kindness, rare they may be.
* TheGamblingAddict: He starts up the habit before he's even 13!
* SpoiledBrat: When they were younger, he often attacked Elsie when he doesn't get his way with her.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: When they were younger, he often attacked Elsie when he doesn't get his way with her.He may be something a ne'er-do-well, but does have moments of kindness, rare they may be.
%% * TheGamblingAddict: He starts up the habit before he's even 13!
%% * SpoiledBrat: When they were younger, he often attacked Elsie when he doesn't get his way with her.



* [[spoiler: CharacterDeath: Mrs. Dinsmore dies of illness during the Civil War]].
* DotingParent: To their own children, especially [[SpoiledBrat Enna]].
* DotingGrandparent: Mr. Dinsmore towards his first [[spoiler: grandson, Horace III.]]

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* [[spoiler: CharacterDeath: Mrs.[[spoiler:Mrs. Dinsmore dies of illness during the Civil War]].
%% * DotingParent: To their own children, especially [[SpoiledBrat Enna]].
%% * DotingGrandparent: Mr. Dinsmore towards his first [[spoiler: grandson, Horace III.]]



!! Edward Travilla
Horace's old friend. [[spoiler: Eventually he marries Elsie.]]
%% * BettyAndVeronica: The Betty between him and Tom Jackson]]
* HonoraryUncle: To Elsie, [[spoiler: which changes when he marries her]]
* [[spoiler: MayDecemberRomance: With Elsie, whom he's 16 years older than.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue oni to Horace's red
* SouthernGentleman

!! Rose Allison[[spoiler:-Dinsmore]]
Elsie's aunt Adelaide's friend and [[spoiler: Elsie's eventual stepmother]]
* HonoraryAunt: To Elsie

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%% !! Edward Travilla
%% Horace's old friend. [[spoiler: Eventually he marries Elsie.friend.
%% * AgeGapRomance: [[spoiler:With Elsie, whom he's 16 years older than.
]]
%% * BettyAndVeronica: The [[spoiler:The Betty between him and Tom Jackson]]
%% * HonoraryUncle: To Elsie, [[spoiler: which changes when he marries her]]
* [[spoiler: MayDecemberRomance: With Elsie, whom he's 16 years older than.]]
%% * RedOniBlueOni: The blue oni to Horace's red
red
%%
* SouthernGentleman

!! Rose Allison[[spoiler:-Dinsmore]]
Allison
Elsie's aunt Adelaide's friend and [[spoiler: Elsie's eventual stepmother]]
friend.
%%
* HonoraryAunt: To Elsie



* SecondLove: [[spoiler: To Horace]]


!! Tom Jackson [[spoiler: aka, Bromly Edgerton]]

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%% * SecondLove: [[spoiler: To Horace]]


Horace]]

!! Tom Jackson [[spoiler: aka, Bromly Edgerton]]Jackson



* GoldDigger: He and Arthur plot for Tom (under an assumed name) to marry Elsie for her fortune
* {{Yandere}}: He does not take Elsie's rejection of him when she finds out his true colors very well, up to and including trying to kill her, [[spoiler: and her husband Edward on their honeymoon]].

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* GoldDigger: He and Arthur plot for Tom (under an assumed name) to marry Elsie for her fortune
fortune.
* {{Yandere}}: He does not take Elsie's rejection of him when she finds out his true colors very well, up to and including trying to kill her, [[spoiler: and her husband Edward on their honeymoon]].honeymoon]].
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