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* ExplainExplainOhCrap: Holly [[spoiler:trying to justify throwing Cat into the rain in an alley and leaving him behind while she heads off to Rio; she stops mid-explanation and immediately goes back to find him. But she can't.]]
-->'''Holly:''' [[spoiler:Oh, Jesus God. We did belong to each other. He was mine. [...] I'm very scared, Buster. Yes, at last. Because it could go on forever. Not knowing what's yours until you've thrown it away.]]


''Breakfast at Tiffany's'' is a 1958 novella by Truman Capote.

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''Breakfast at Tiffany's'' is a 1958 novella by Truman Capote.Creator/TrumanCapote.


Set in [[BigApplesauce Manhattan]] in [[TheForties 1943-44]], and centering around a [[AuthorAvatar nameless gay writer's]] friendship with a bicurious, borderline HookerWithAHeartOfGold named Holly Golightly, the story is a touching meditation on the varying nature of love, and how people of disparate backgrounds can form unconventional family groups.

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Set in [[BigApplesauce Manhattan]] in [[TheForties 1943-44]], and centering around a [[AuthorAvatar nameless gay writer's]] friendship with a bicurious, borderline HookerWithAHeartOfGold named Holly Golightly, the story is a touching meditation on the varying nature of love, and how people of disparate backgrounds can form unconventional family groups.


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* AmbiguouslyBi[=/=]AmbiguouslyGay: Neither "Fred" nor Holly have an explicitly defined sexual orientation, but Holly makes it clear that she's open to the possibility of relationships with women. The situation is murkier with the narrator, but his interest in Holly is just platonic, and since he's obviously an AuthorAvatar for Capote, who was very openly gay in RealLife, he's commonly interpreted as gay.


* BiTheWay: Holly is this, though she's somewhat arrogant towards lesbians.


In [[Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys the 1961]] FilmOfTheBook, Creator/AudreyHepburn [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame wears a fabulous Givenchy dress and holds a cigarette in a holder]].

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In The novella was loosely [[Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys the 1961]] FilmOfTheBook, Creator/AudreyHepburn [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame wears adapted into a fabulous Givenchy dress and holds a cigarette in a holder]].
1961 film]] starring Creator/AudreyHepburn.


* TheGhost: Fred, Holly's mentally retarded brother who joined the army. [[spoiler: Eventually he's killed in action overseas.]]

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* TheGhost: Fred, Holly's mentally retarded handicapped brother who joined the army. [[spoiler: Eventually he's killed in action overseas.]]

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* SpeechImpededLoveInterest: While not the protagonist's love interest, Mag invokes this with her pronounced stutter. She will exaggerate it, especially in front of men, when it benefits her. Apparently [[CharmPoint the impediment makes her more appealing]].


* ADogNamedDog: Holly's cat is named...Cat.

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* ADogNamedDog: Holly's cat is named...Cat. Cat.
* FromStrayToPet: Holly has taken in a cat she found, however she refuses to name him because she insists he isn't her cat. When she does get him to leave, she regrets it a few minutes later but is unable to find him again. [[spoiler:He ends up adopted by someone else]].



* MeaningfulName: What better name than "Holiday Golightly" could there be for a free-spirited ditz with an unserious approach to life? Noted with her hanging a sign on her door whenever she was out, "Miss Holiday Golightly Traveling". Bonus points for the sign having been made at titular Tiffany's.
** And extra bonus points for the name Holiday - of which "Holly" is diminutive - being MeaningfulRename (her real name is Lulamae Barnes). [[spoiler: "Golightly", however, is ''not'' an example of MeaningfulRename - it is her ex-husband's last name.]]

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* TheMafia: Holly ends up involved with the mafia, though she claims to be an unwitting accomplice.
* MeaningfulName: What better name than "Holiday Golightly" could there be for a free-spirited ditz with an unserious approach to life? Noted with her hanging a sign on her door whenever she was out, "Miss Holiday Golightly Traveling". Bonus points for the sign having been made at titular Tiffany's.
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Tiffany's. And extra bonus points for the name Holiday - of which "Holly" is diminutive - being MeaningfulRename (her real name is Lulamae Barnes). [[spoiler: "Golightly", however, is ''not'' an example of MeaningfulRename - it is her ex-husband's last name.]]


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* ReallyGetsAround: Holly claims she's only had eleven lovers, excluding anything that happened before she was thirteen, and she's quite flirty throughout the story. Some of her friends have apparently had more.
* SlutShaming: Holly does a lot of this herself but also receives quite a bit. Her older neighbor Madame Spanells in particular dislikes Holly's lifestyle and partying.
* SpeechImpediment: Mag has a pronounced stutter that she sometimes exaggerates for her benefit.

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* WalkingTheEarth: Holly is a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] example. She really wants to settle down, but she just can't until she feels that the place is right, that she can belong there. New York is probably her closest equivalent of that place though, and she leaves it involuntarily.


* TheCapitalOfBrazilIsBuenosAires: [[DefiedTrope Defied]]. Holly writes to the narrator that "Brazil was beastly but Buenos Aires the best."

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* TheCapitalOfBrazilIsBuenosAires: [[DefiedTrope Defied]].[[AvertedTrope Averted]]. Holly writes to the narrator that "Brazil was beastly but Buenos Aires the best." "

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* TheCapitalOfBrazilIsBuenosAires: [[DefiedTrope Defied]]. Holly writes to the narrator that "Brazil was beastly but Buenos Aires the best."


* MeaningfulName: What better name than "Holiday Golightly" could there be for a free-spirited ditz with an unserious approach to life? Noted with her hanging a sign on her door whenever she was out, "Miss Holiday Golightly Traveling". Bonus points for the sign having been made at Tiffany's.

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* MeaningfulName: What better name than "Holiday Golightly" could there be for a free-spirited ditz with an unserious approach to life? Noted with her hanging a sign on her door whenever she was out, "Miss Holiday Golightly Traveling". Bonus points for the sign having been made at titular Tiffany's.

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* NoAntagonist: Everything that happens to Holly happens because she's Holly.


* TheGhost: Fred, Holly's brother. [[spoiler: Eventually he's killed in action overseas.]]

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* TheGhost: Fred, Holly's brother.mentally retarded brother who joined the army. [[spoiler: Eventually he's killed in action overseas.]]

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* TheGhost: Fred, Holly's brother. [[spoiler: Eventually he's killed in action overseas.]]

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