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* WedLocking: In Christine's story, when Christine announces to Elgin after they made love in public at Tacoma State Park that she's pregnant, Elgin insists on marrying Christine so that the child wouldn't be without a father.


* DeadGuyJunior: [[spoiler:Ida's son would have been named after Lecon, his grandfather, but Ida chose to name him Lee "to be different".]]

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* DeadGuyJunior: [[spoiler:Ida's son would have been named after Lecon, his grandfather, who passed away sometime after Ida's mother, but Ida chose to name him Lee "to be different".]]


* MySecretPregnancy: [[spoiler:Ida George's aunt Clara becomes pregnant with her father Lecon's child, and now their family is suffering possible shame because Ida's mother was barren after bearing her and her sister Pauline. Ida and Lecon come up with the solution that the child would be Ida's through an alleged illicit affair with the boy she was interested in, Willard Pretty Dog. To keep the pregnancy secret, Ida and Clara would both be sent away secretly to a Catholic mother house in Colorado where Clara could have the child and then disappear while Ida would return to the reservation, bearing the shame of being the teenage mother of Clara's child, who on paper would legally be her own child.]]

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* MySecretPregnancy: [[spoiler:Ida George's aunt Clara becomes pregnant with her father Lecon's child, and now their family is suffering possible shame because Ida's mother was barren after bearing her and her sister Pauline. Ida Clara and Lecon come up with the solution that the child would be Ida's through an alleged illicit affair with the boy she was interested in, Willard Pretty Dog. To keep the pregnancy secret, Ida and Clara would both be sent away secretly to a Catholic mother house in Colorado where Clara could have the child and then disappear while Ida would return to the reservation, bearing the shame of being the teenage mother of Clara's child, who on paper would legally be her own child.]]


* MySecretPregnancy: [[spoiler:Ida George's aunt Clara becomes pregnant with her father Lecon's child, and now their family is suffering possible shame because Ida's mother was barren after bearing her and her sister Polly. Ida and Lecon come up with the solution that the child would be Ida's through an alleged illicit affair with the boy she was interested in, Willard Pretty Dog, and to keep the pregnancy secret, Ida and Clara would both be sent away secretly to a Catholic mother house in Colorado where Clara could have the child and then disappear while Ida would return to the reservation, bearing the shame of being the teenage mother of Clara's child, who on paper would legally be her own child.]]

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* MySecretPregnancy: [[spoiler:Ida George's aunt Clara becomes pregnant with her father Lecon's child, and now their family is suffering possible shame because Ida's mother was barren after bearing her and her sister Polly. Pauline. Ida and Lecon come up with the solution that the child would be Ida's through an alleged illicit affair with the boy she was interested in, Willard Pretty Dog, and to Dog. To keep the pregnancy secret, Ida and Clara would both be sent away secretly to a Catholic mother house in Colorado where Clara could have the child and then disappear while Ida would return to the reservation, bearing the shame of being the teenage mother of Clara's child, who on paper would legally be her own child.]]

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* DeadGuyJunior: [[spoiler:Ida's son would have been named after Lecon, his grandfather, but Ida chose to name him Lee "to be different".]]


* LineOfSightName: Rayona gets her name from the tag of her mother's hospital gown (made of Rayon). Christine was expecting the child to be a boy and was planning to call him Ray, but when it turned out to be a girl, and Elgin thought about calling her Diane, she defended her decision to still call the child Ray and ended up with Rayona.

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* LineOfSightName: Rayona gets her name from the tag of her mother's hospital gown (made of Rayon). LastMinuteBabyNaming[=/=]LineOfSightName: Christine was expecting the child to be a boy and was planning to call him Ray, but when it turned out to be a girl, and Elgin thought about calling her Diane, she defended her decision to still call the child Ray and ended up with Rayona.Rayona after looking at the tag of her hospital gown and seeing Rayon.


* SleepingSingle: Christine and Elgin as a married couple both have their own beds to sleep in since they're renting out a hotel room to live in together. They try to combine them into a double bed, but Christine ends up falling between the beds and struggling to get herself out without accidentally waking up Elgin. Eventually she decides to leave the beds single as Elgin would end up coming home later than usual, a sign of her husband's infidelity that would show up as the marriage progressed.

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* SleepingSingle: Christine and Elgin as a married couple both have their own beds to sleep in since [[JustifiedTrope they're renting out a hotel room to live in together.together]]. They try to combine them into a double bed, but Christine ends up falling between the beds and struggling to get herself out without accidentally waking up Elgin. Eventually she decides to leave the beds single as Elgin would end up coming home later than usual, a sign of her husband's infidelity that would show up as the marriage progressed.


* SamusIsAGirl: Rayona was mistaken for a boy when she took her cousin Foxy Cree's place in the rodeo ride.

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* SamusIsAGirl: Rayona was mistaken for a boy when she took her cousin Foxy Cree's place in the rodeo ride. It is when at the time she accepts her prize at the rodeo that she undoes her hair and exposes her chest that everybody finds out.


* ChristianityIsCatholic: According to this story and the characters in it, as they interact with nobody else of the Christian faith but Catholics.

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* ChristianityIsCatholic: According to this story and the characters in it, as they interact with nobody else of the Christian faith but Catholics. A Catholic mission operates out of the reservation, Ida and Clara are both sent to a mother house in Colorado [[spoiler:when Clara is pregnant with Christine]], and Evelyn's former first husband was a Catholic.


* CurlyHairIsUgly: Lee mocks [[spoiler:his mother]] Aunt Ida when Christine gives her a home perm treatment on New Years' Eve to give her naturally curly hair. At first before the mocking, Ida looked at herself in the mirror with the perm and seemed to appreciate it, but after the mocking, she ended up restraightening her hair, doing it up in a long braid.



* QuirkyCurls: On the New Years Eve when the world was supposed to end, Christine gives Aunt Ida a home perm that gives her curly hair, although it doesn't come out as perfect as Christine hoped. Ida looked at herself in the mirror with the perm and has that moment when she seems to connect with Christine, as woman to woman, until Lee's laughing at her new look ruins the moment and causes Ida to redo her hair in a braid.

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* MySecretPregnancy: [[spoiler:Ida George's aunt Clara becomes pregnant with her father Lecon's child, and now their family is suffering possible shame because Ida's mother was barren after bearing her and her sister Polly. Ida and Lecon come up with the solution that the child would be Ida's through an alleged illicit affair with the boy she was interested in, Willard Pretty Dog, and to keep the pregnancy secret, Ida and Clara would both be sent away secretly to a Catholic mother house in Colorado where Clara could have the child and then disappear while Ida would return to the reservation, bearing the shame of being the teenage mother of Clara's child, who on paper would legally be her own child.]]

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* NunsNRosaries: Ida's sister Pauline owns a colorful beaded rosary and is extremely proud of it. However, when Clara comments that the beads of the rosary are most likely scrap beads left over from other regular rosaries, Pauline grows upset and throws the rosary away.

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* MistakenForThief: Rayona mistakes her mother Christine for a thief trying to break into their car since she sees her mother wearing a candy-striper uniform that was stolen from the Indian Health Service hospital since she had no intention of staying in the hospital and was going to drive off to kill herself. Rayona attacks her by whacking her in the ass, and they both get knocked over when the car door opens and her mother turns to confront her attacker when she sees that it is Rayona.

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* TookALevelInKindness: Annabelle Stiffarm, who originally treated Rayona the same way her boyfriend Foxy Cree treated her, but later on becomes rather friendly to Rayona when they meet together at the rodeo.


* PedophilePriest: Father Tom Novak in Rayona's story, who tries to molest her while on a camping trip at Bearpaw Lake State Park. There's some {{Foreshadowing}} that this was going to happen given how the Native Americans on the reservation talk about Father Tom and the girls he hangs around with.

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* PedophilePriest: Father Tom Novak in Rayona's story, who tries to molest her while on a camping trip at Bearpaw Lake State Park. There's some {{Foreshadowing}} that this was going to happen given how the Native Americans on the reservation talk about Father Tom and the girls he hangs around with. In Christine's story, he is apparently doing penance for this misdeed by providing Christine with a supply of Percocet pills for her terminal illness.

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