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* OnceAcceptableTargets: The last line in the book is highly questionable from a modern perspective for this very reason.



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* HaveAGayOldTime: Poor, poor Gay Penhallow.

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* HaveAGayOldTime: Poor, poor Gay Penhallow. (It's actually short for "Gabrielle".)


-> '''Drowned John''': "You shall never speak to Peter Penhallow again!"
-> '''Donna''': "But I'll have to speak to him sometimes, Daddy. One can't live on terms of absolute silence with one's husband, you know."

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-> '''Drowned -->'''Drowned John''': "You You shall never speak to Peter Penhallow again!"
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'''Donna''': "But But I'll have to speak to him sometimes, Daddy. One can't live on terms of absolute silence with one's husband, you know."



* KicktheDog: Brian's uncle who kills Cricket, a stray cat who is Brian's only companion, by breaking its neck.

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* KicktheDog: KickTheDog: Brian's uncle who kills Cricket, a stray cat who is Brian's only companion, by breaking its neck.



* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: Gay (Gabrielle); Nan (Hannah); Drowned John; Pippin (Alexander); Dandy (Robert); Penny (Pennycuik); the Moon Man (Oswald); Big Sam and Little Sam; Aunt Becky.



* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Gay (Gabrielle); Nan (Hannah); Drowned John; Pippin (Alexander); Dandy (Robert); Penny (Pennycuik); the Moon Man (Oswald); Big Sam and Little Sam; Aunt Becky.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gay gives this speech to Nan when Nan comes to gloat about dumping the fiance she had originally stolen from Gay.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gay gives this speech to Nan when Nan comes to gloat about dumping the fiance she had originally stolen from Gay.



* [[spoiler:TheUnreveal: Dandy loses Aunt Becky's letter and we never get to find out who was chosen as the rightful owner of the jug]].
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne: Referred to. Donna Dark and Virginia Powell lost their husbands in the war. Roger Dark was in the airforce.

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* [[spoiler:TheUnreveal: Dandy TheUnreveal: [[spoiler:Dandy loses Aunt Becky's letter and we never get to find out who was chosen as the rightful owner of the jug]].
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne: Referred to. Donna Dark and Virginia Powell lost their husbands in the war. Roger Dark was in the airforce.
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* ChristmasCake: Margaret Penhallow, Mercy Penhallow.


* RunawayBride: Joscelyn leaves her husband to return to her mother's house on the night of her wedding, still wearing her wedding dress.

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* ParanoiaGambit: Aunt Becky runs a very successful one, post-mortem. She says that the inheritor of her jug might be named in the envelope, ''or'' the envelope might contain a list of instructions and behaviors that Aunt Becky approves of, and Dandy (the keeper of the envelope) is to choose who will inherit the jug based on who has best fulfilled Aunt Becky's wishes. Then, the whole clan spends the rest of the year trying hard to behave in such a way as will guarantee their getting the jug.
* RunawayBride: Joscelyn leaves her husband to return to her mother's house on the night of her wedding, still wearing her wedding dress. [[spoiler: He won't take her back until she returns to him in that same gown.]]
* SecretKeeper: Dandy Dark, chosen because Aunt Becky said he's the only person in the whole family that she's known to be able to keep a secret. [[spoiler: He keeps it so well, in fact, that even ''he'' never opens the envelope to read her will. And then the letter is lost, so this trope is [[SubvertedTrope Subverted.]] ]]


* SpankTheCutie: Peter threatens to do this to Donna.


* WorldWarOne: Referred to. Donna Dark and Virginia Powell lost their husbands in the war. Roger Dark was in the airforce.

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* WorldWarOne: UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne: Referred to. Donna Dark and Virginia Powell lost their husbands in the war. Roger Dark was in the airforce.


''A Tangled Web'' is one of the few books published by LMMontgomery (author of ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'') that was written mainly for adults. It centers around a community consisting mainly of two families, the Penhallows and the Darks, who have intermarried frequently amongst one another.

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''A Tangled Web'' is one of the few books published by LMMontgomery Creator/LMMontgomery (author of ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'') that was written mainly for adults. It centers around a community consisting mainly of two families, the Penhallows and the Darks, who have intermarried frequently amongst one another.


When the clan matriarch, Aunty Becky Dark, dies, she leaves instructions for a treasured family heirloom, the old Dark jug, to be left in the care of a trustee, with the true heir to be revealed in a year's time. Family fueds intensify, as clan members work to acquire the heirloom.

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When the clan matriarch, Aunty Becky Dark, dies, she leaves instructions for a treasured family heirloom, the old Dark jug, to be left in the care of a trustee, with the true heir to be revealed in a year's time. Family fueds feuds intensify, as clan members work to acquire the heirloom.
heirloom, and many other events spawn off from it.


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* Kick the Dog: Brian's uncle who kills Cricket, a stray cat who is Brian's only companion, by breaking its neck.

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* Kick the Dog: KicktheDog: Brian's uncle who kills Cricket, a stray cat who is Brian's only companion, by breaking its neck.neck.


* {{Will}}: Aunt Becky willed that the name of the heir of a priceless heirloom will only be disclosed a year after her death. Because the will dropped a few hints that a unknown judge would be selecting the heir, the family members spent the rest of the year trying their best to live up to what Aunt Becky would have wanted in an attempt to win the heirloom.


* Kick the Dog: Brian's uncle who kills Cricket, a stray cat who is Brian's only companion, by breaking its neck.



* ThatPoorCat: Cricket, a stray cat who is the orphan Brian's only source of comfort. Brian's cruel uncle breaks its neck and tells Brian what he did.

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* BettyAndVeronica: Gay and Nan.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gay gives this speech to Nan when Nan comes to gloat about dumping the fiance she had originally stolen from Gay.

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