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* AffablyEvil: Political Officer First Class, I.B.I. Stanley Bankfield was a pleasant and polite man when interviewing Don Harvey on Venus and puts a fatherly arm around his shoulder when sympathizing with his situation. Then he grabs Don's hand and painfully pulls back his little finger but but stops and says he will wait for a medical officer with TruthSerum since overzealous application can reduce the subject to incoherence and willing to admit to anything.

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* AffablyEvil: Political Officer First Class, I.B.I. Stanley Bankfield was a pleasant and polite man when interviewing Don Harvey on Venus and puts a fatherly arm around his shoulder when sympathizing with his situation. Then he grabs Don's hand and painfully pulls back his little finger but but then stops and says he will wait for a medical officer with TruthSerum since overzealous application can reduce the subject to incoherence and willing to admit to anything.

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* WeaponsOfTheirTrade: When the Federation invades Venus in an attempt to re-conquer it, a cook named Charlie prepares to resist them by sharpening the cleaver he uses in his work and practicing throwing it. When a squad of Federation soldiers tries to burn down his restaurant, he throws the cleaver and kills the soldier commanding the squad.


* {{Zeerust}}: The protagonist (who is staying on a dude ranch in New Mexico) takes a call from the cell phone mounted in his horse's saddle! Also, there are transcontinental and intercontinental ballistic passenger rockets rather than jets. Don Harvey travels from Albuquerque to New Chicago in 20 minutes on one.
** On the other hand, Don Harvey's luggage is "fluoroscoped" (that is X-rayed) before his flight to New Chicago and his name is on a watch list causing him to be pulled aside before his flight to Circum-Terra enroute to Mars.
** And in the Afterword of the 2008 re-issue, Creator/TravisSTaylor Ph.D waxes enthusiastically about how Heinlein described stealth technology via faceting in 1951, decades before the development of the F-117A.

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* {{Zeerust}}: The protagonist (who is staying on a dude ranch in New Mexico) takes a call from the cell phone mounted in his horse's saddle! Also, there are transcontinental and intercontinental ballistic passenger rockets rather than jets. Don Harvey travels from Albuquerque to New Chicago in 20 minutes on one.
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one. On the other hand, Don Harvey's luggage is "fluoroscoped" (that is X-rayed) before his flight to New Chicago and his name is on a watch list causing him to be pulled aside before his flight to Circum-Terra enroute to Mars.
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Mars. And in the Afterword of the 2008 re-issue, Creator/TravisSTaylor Ph.D waxes enthusiastically about how Heinlein described stealth technology via faceting in 1951, decades before the development of the F-117A.


* NickNamingTheEnemy: Venus Nationalists are called "fog-eaters" by Federation troops due to the heavy mists common on Venus and the Federation troops are called "greenies" due to their mottle green fatigues. Among themselves, the Venus guerrillas called themselves "duckfoots".

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* NickNamingTheEnemy: Venus Nationalists are called "fog-eaters" by Federation troops due to the heavy mists common on Venus and the Federation troops are called "greenies" due to their mottle mottled green fatigues. Among themselves, the Venus guerrillas called themselves "duckfoots".


* LieDetector: Don Harvey is subject to questioning by Venus Republic soldiers while hooked up to a lie detector after first waiving his rights about self-incrimination. He is cleared since he hadn't done anything wrong.

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* LieDetector: Don Harvey is subject subjected to questioning by Venus Republic soldiers while hooked up to a lie detector after first waiving his rights about self-incrimination. He is cleared since he hadn't done anything wrong.





* BlackMarket: There is a flourishing one on Venus to, among other things, convert Federation currency to Venus Republic bills. Don Harvey is approached by someone with connections when he arrives on Venus and finds he missed the cut-off conversion date while spending months in [[ShownTheirWork Hohmann transfer orbit]] from Earth. It was a scam as he was offered 20% on the [[WeWillSpendCreditsInTheFuture credit]] when the going rate was 60.
* BoardingSchool: The novel begins with Don Harvey attending one for several years on Earth while his parents are busy with archaeological digs on Mars. Aside from academics it is also a dude ranch with each boy being assigned a horse to care for.



* Main/BlackMarket: There is a flourishing one on Venus to, among other things, convert Federation currency to Venus Republic bills. Don Harvey is approached by someone with connections when he arrives on Venus and finds he missed the cut-off conversion date while spending months in [[ShownTheirWork Hohmann transfer orbit]] from Earth. It was a scam as he was offered 20% on the [[WeWillSpendCreditsInTheFuture credit]] when the going rate was 60.
* BoardingSchool: The novel begins with Don Harvey attending one for several years on Earth while his parents are busy with archaeological digs on Mars. Aside from academics it is also a dude ranch with each boy being assigned a horse to care for.



* CurbStompBattle: ''Little David'' englobes the three Federation warships enroute to Mars with its force field projector and the "battle" (sic) is over.

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* CurbStompBattle: ''Little David'' englobes the three Federation warships enroute en route to Mars with its force field projector and the "battle" (sic) is over.


* AccidentalProposal: Harvey is assisted by a woman who convinces her father to loan him money, despite the fact he has nothing to guarantee it. When he asks her to hold on to a ring for him (he thinks it has important secret information in it) she is startled about being given a ring and he doesn't understand why a woman would consider being given a ring something unusual. When her father finds out that Harvey gave his daughter a ring, he questions it also, but [[ChasteHero Harvey is still clueless about why it might be considered strange]].



* ChasteHero: In a letter to the publisher, Heinlein acknowledged that this trope had more to do with not alienating school librarians or his more younger readers than reflecting reality.



* ChasteHero/AccidentalProposal: Harvey is assisted by a woman who convinces her father to loan him money, despite the fact he has nothing to guarantee it. When he asks her to hold on to a ring for him (he thinks it has important secret information in it) she is startled about being given a ring and he doesn't understand why a woman would consider being given a ring something unusual. When her father finds out that Harvey gave his daughter a ring, he questions it also, but Harvey is still clueless about why it might be considered strange.


* ChasteHero: Harvey is assisted by a woman who convinces her father to loan him money, despite the fact he has nothing to guarantee it. When he asks her to hold on to a ring for him (he thinks it has important secret information in it) she is startled about being given a ring and he doesn't understand why a woman would consider being given a ring something unusual. When her father finds out that Harvey gave his daughter a ring, he questions it also, but Harvey is still clueless about why it might be considered strange.

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* ChasteHero: ChasteHero/AccidentalProposal: Harvey is assisted by a woman who convinces her father to loan him money, despite the fact he has nothing to guarantee it. When he asks her to hold on to a ring for him (he thinks it has important secret information in it) she is startled about being given a ring and he doesn't understand why a woman would consider being given a ring something unusual. When her father finds out that Harvey gave his daughter a ring, he questions it also, but Harvey is still clueless about why it might be considered strange.

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* VenusIsWet: Venus is a humid, swampy jungle planet.


* FantasticRacism: The leaders of the occupation force know the importance of not annoying the Venusians, but no amount of orders or lectures can affect the attitude of the Earth soldiers, who unlike the human colonists have not learned to respect the dragons, who pick up on this attitude and thus secretly aid LaResistance.

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* FantasticRacism: The leaders of the occupation force know the importance of not annoying the Venusians, but no amount of orders or lectures can affect the attitude of the Earth soldiers, soldiers who unlike the human colonists have not learned to respect the dragons, who 'talking animals'. The dragons pick up on this attitude and thus don't like it, so they secretly aid LaResistance.


* FantasticRacism: The leaders of the occupation force know the importance of not annoying the Venusians, but no amount of orders or lectures can affect the attitude of the Earth soldiers, who unlike the human colonists have not learned to respect the dragons.

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* FantasticRacism: The leaders of the occupation force know the importance of not annoying the Venusians, but no amount of orders or lectures can affect the attitude of the Earth soldiers, who unlike the human colonists have not learned to respect the dragons.dragons, who pick up on this attitude and thus secretly aid LaResistance.

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* FantasticRacism: The leaders of the occupation force know the importance of not annoying the Venusians, but no amount of orders or lectures can affect the attitude of the Earth soldiers, who unlike the human colonists have not learned to respect the dragons.


* TheTriple: Don isn't allowed to join the guerillas unless he has useful skills. He says he's a good shot with a handgun, can speak the Venusian dragon language... and knows how to wash lots of dishes. His officer says the last is indeed a [[BoringButPractical useful skill for a soldier.]]

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* TheTriple: Don isn't allowed to join the guerillas unless he has useful skills. He says he's a good shot with a handgun, can speak the Venusian dragon language... and knows how to wash lots of dishes. His officer says the last is indeed a [[BoringButPractical [[PeelingPotatoes useful skill for a soldier.]]


* TheTriple: Don isn't allowed to join the guerillas unless he has useful skills. He says he's a good shot with a handgun, can speak the Venusian dragon language... and knows how to wash lots of dishes. His officer says the last is indeed a [[BoringButPractical useful skill for a soldier.]]



* WakeUpFighting: To demonstrate how Don has changed with his time with the Venusian guerrillas, the company runner in his group wakes Don up with a sharp tap on the support rope of his hammock. Don [[InstantWakingSkills wakes instantly]] with a knife in his hands.

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* WakeUpFighting: To demonstrate [[TookALevelInBadass how Don has changed changed]] with his time with the Venusian guerrillas, the company runner in his group wakes Don up with a sharp tap on the support rope of his hammock. Don [[InstantWakingSkills wakes instantly]] with a knife in his hands.


** Heinlein plays with the trope in the introduction, where the protagonist is in a Western setting, then gets startled by a telephone ringing out in the middle of nowhere. [[{{Zeerust}} Unfortunately the idea of a mobile phone isn't as futury as it once was.]]

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** Heinlein plays with the trope in the introduction, where the protagonist is in a Western setting, then gets startled by a telephone ringing out in the middle of nowhere. [[{{Zeerust}} Unfortunately the idea of a mobile phone isn't as futury futuristic as it once was.]]

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