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* FantasticRacism: A bizarre case with Mistress Lucy. She cares more about the rights of animals than the rights of human beings, even going as far as to not mind at all if her dog Riccardo pees on her shoes, and she takes offense to Precious speaking out against it, calling her "speciest" (a mix of the words species and racist) for it.

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* FantasticRacism: A bizarre case with Mistress Lucy. She cares more about the rights of animals than the rights of human beings, even going as far as to not mind at all if her dog Riccardo [[UrineTrouble pees on on]] her shoes, and she takes offense to Precious speaking out against it, calling her "speciest" (a mix of the words species and racist) for it.


* RealityEnsues: Mannish, trying to chat up a woman under the belief that she's a reincarnated lover from one of your past lives, and professing to know her name when she never told it to you beforehand, will only result in her threatening to call the cops on you.



** ReincarnationRomance: Near the end of the book, Mannish spots a woman who has mannerisms similar to that of a woman named Beulah, who he claims to have romanced in the past. The woman is even named Beulah. However, his attempt to talk to her almost gets him arrested for harassment. [[spoiler:They eventually hook up, however]].

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** ReincarnationRomance: Near the end of the book, Mannish spots a woman who has mannerisms similar to that of a woman named Beulah, who he claims to have romanced in the past.a past life. The woman is even named Beulah. However, his attempt to talk to her [[RealityEnsues almost gets him arrested for harassment. harassment]]. [[spoiler:They eventually hook up, however]].up anyway]].



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[[caption-width-right:200:[[SchmuckBait What possible trouble]] [[TemptingFate could such a small dog give to such a big woman like her]]?]]

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* [[DeadLittleSister Dead Little Brother]]: Mannish's brother died by drowning when they were children.


* {{Anvilicious}}: An in-universe example occurs in Chapter 17, where Mistress Lucy shows a pro-animal-rights video to her supporting friends at a social gathering. The video details a hamburger patty turning into a miniature cow and talking about its life up to the horrific conditions it faced while going to the slaughterhouse.



* GodIsEvil: Mistress Lucy's viewpoint of God, when it comes to animal rights, as she says God is the one responsible for making animals suffer. Precious counters by declaring that GodIsGood.
--> '''Mistress Lucy:''' God is not an animal lover! God would not be welcome in the ASPCA!



* IllGirl: [[spoiler:Mistress Lucy at the end of the book, which prompts her to seek out Precious to make peace with her]].

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* IllGirl: [[spoiler:Mistress Lucy at the end of the book, which prompts her to seek out Precious to make peace with her]].Precious]].



* KickTheDog: Maud, Precious's former maid, does this to a literal dog, the Higginsons' mongrel Red Dog, long after having given him payback for chasing her up a tree. On one occasion she sticks a pepper in his food, causing him to run for the river after one bite. (And Red Dog gets this quite a lot [[AssholeVictim after he's tried to bite a number of people]].)

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* KickTheDog: Maud, Precious's former maid, does this to a literal dog, the Higginsons' mongrel Red Dog, long after having given him payback for chasing her up a tree. On one occasion she sticks a pepper in his food, causing him to run for the river after one bite. (And Red Dog gets this quite a lot [[AssholeVictim after he's tried to bite a number of people]].)) Precious herself later does this to Riccardo the first time he tries to hump her leg. [[spoiler:And she does it again when he actually tries to rape her, killing him on this occasion]].



* MenDontCry: Mistress Lucy slapped a boyfriend who had the nerve to break down in tears after she rebuffed his sexual advances on her.



** PastLifeMemories: Mannish claims to remember stealing seven camels in a past life, and that the atrocities he's made to suffer now under Mistress Lucy's employment are penance for that past crime.

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** PastLifeMemories: Mannish claims to remember stealing seven camels in a past life, and that the atrocities he's made to suffer now under Mistress Lucy's employment are penance for that past crime. He also claims that his brother, who died by drowning when they were children, has died similar deaths in 54 past lifetimes [[InsaneTrollLogic because God wants to teach him not to be afraid of water]].

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* IllGirl: [[spoiler:Mistress Lucy at the end of the book, which prompts her to seek out Precious to make peace with her]].

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* IronicEcho: After Precious relates her experiences in America to her pastor [[spoiler:including how Riccardo almost raped her]], he tells her that "N.E.N." (No Explanation Necessary) is the only answer to explain how scandal could affect a decent church sister. At the very end of the story, when the pastor demands to know why Precious didn't correct Lucy's assumption about what happened [[spoiler:concerning the near-dog-rape]], Precious's single, firm answer? "N.E.N."


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* {{Reincarnation}}: Mannish, being of Indian parentage, believes in this. The trope's sub-tropes play out in two different ways, as well, as listed below.
** PastLifeMemories: Mannish claims to remember stealing seven camels in a past life, and that the atrocities he's made to suffer now under Mistress Lucy's employment are penance for that past crime.
** ReincarnationRomance: Near the end of the book, Mannish spots a woman who has mannerisms similar to that of a woman named Beulah, who he claims to have romanced in the past. The woman is even named Beulah. However, his attempt to talk to her almost gets him arrested for harassment. [[spoiler:They eventually hook up, however]].
--> '''Beulah:''' Before I call the police on your friend, tell me, how did he know that my name is Beulah?


* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler:Henry]] sneaks into Precious's room to fondle her in Chapter 9.

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* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler:Henry]] sneaks into Precious's room to fondle her in Chapter 9.9, but backs down when she orders him out. [[spoiler:Riccardo the dog tries to hump a naked Precious in Chapter 21, but she throws him off, accidentally killing him when he hits his head on the wall]].


* CloudCuckoolander: Mistress Lucy, at least as far as Precious is concerned.



* [[DeadLittleSister Dead Little Brother]]: Mannish's brother died by drowning when they were children.



** Precious herself gets off a snark or two at times. For instance, in Chapter 15, during a discussion with Mannish over Mistress Lucy's adoration of her dog Riccardo:
--> '''Mannish:''' Riccardo is her financial adviser. If she is considering an investment, she will invite the broker for a visit. If Riccardo bites him, she will not invest. But if he urinates on the broker's shoe, she invests a lot. She says that the dog is a prophet who has never been wrong.
--> '''Precious:''' De dog is a false prophet.



* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Precious gets moments of this, first with Theophilus and then with Mannish [[spoiler:and later with her pastor]].



* HeroicBSOD: Precious has a few brief moments of this after Theophilus's death, both before and after his funeral.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Mistress Lucy, very much so. In one instance, according to her, she broke up with a wealthy suitor simply because ''she could water-ski better than him''.
* InsultBackfire: Mistress Lucy and her friends call Precious a "meat-eater" in a derisive manner. Precious doesn't mind, however, and in fact relishes the attention it gives her.



* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex
* HeroicBSOD: Precious has a few brief moments of this after Theophilus's death, both before and after his funeral.

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* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex
* HeroicBSOD: Precious has a few brief moments of
LoveTriangle: The gradual feud between Mannish and Riccardo, over Precious, plays out this after Theophilus's death, both before and after his funeral.way.



* SupremeChef: Henry. Put it this way: he can bake far better than Precious can.



* RunningGag: Riccardo peeing on Mannish's leg, and Mannish threatening to cook and eat the dog as revenge.



* StrawVegetarian: Mistress Lucy, ''full stop''.

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* StrawVegetarian: Mistress Lucy, ''full stop''.and a lot of her social circle. In Chapter 17, she's shown to host several dinners at her house, at which no meat is served and nothing resembling animal skin is worn or used by any of the visitors.
* SupremeChef: Henry. Put it this way: he can bake far better than Precious can.

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* StrawVegetarian: Mistress Lucy, ''full stop''.

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* FantasticRacism: A bizarre case with Mistress Lucy. She cares more about the rights of animals than the rights of human beings, even going as far as to not mind at all if her dog Riccardo pees on her shoes, and she takes offense to Precious speaking out against it, calling her "speciest" (a mix of the words species and racist) for it.


In an effort to stave off boredom, give herself something useful to do, and be able to live her own way peacefully, Precious takes up a job offer to work at the mansion of a wealthy woman, Mistress Lucy, as a live-in maid. However, hilarity ensues when she discovers that her specific job will entail caring for the woman's dog, who gets treated like a human being and happens to be rather perverted toward her...

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In an effort to stave off boredom, give herself something useful to do, and be able to live her own way peacefully, Precious takes up a job offer to work at the mansion of a wealthy woman, Mistress Lucy, as a live-in maid. However, hilarity ensues when she discovers that her specific job will entail caring for the woman's dog, Riccardo, who gets treated like a human being and happens to be rather perverted toward her...



* CovertPervert: Mannish, and the dog to some degree. [[spoiler:Henry too]].

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* CovertPervert: Mannish, and the dog Riccardo to some degree. [[spoiler:Henry too]].


In an effort to stave off boredom, give herself something useful to do, and be able to live her own way peacefully, Precious takes up a job offer to work at a rich woman's house as a live-in maid. However, hilarity ensues when she discovers that her specific job will entail caring for the woman's dog, who gets treated like a human being and happens to be rather perverted toward her...

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In an effort to stave off boredom, give herself something useful to do, and be able to live her own way peacefully, Precious takes up a job offer to work at the mansion of a rich woman's house wealthy woman, Mistress Lucy, as a live-in maid. However, hilarity ensues when she discovers that her specific job will entail caring for the woman's dog, who gets treated like a human being and happens to be rather perverted toward her...



* BerserkButton: Mildred, Precious's daughter-in-law, will not abide her children eating sweets.

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* BerserkButton: Mildred, Precious's daughter-in-law, will not abide her children eating sweets. In the same vein, Mistress Lucy despises meat.



* MeatVersusVeggies: A source of contention between Mistress Lucy and Mannish.



* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Mannish likes hamburgers, but he has to hide the fact from his mistress, who is a militant vegetarian. Whenever she's gone on one of her trips, he happily indulges in burgers at every opportunity.

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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Mannish likes hamburgers, but he has to hide the fact from his mistress, Mistress Lucy, who is a militant vegetarian. Whenever she's gone on one of her trips, he happily indulges in burgers at every opportunity.


* JerkAss: Mildred: Mildred, Harold's wife and Precious's daughter-in-law.

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* JerkAss: Mildred: Mildred, Harold's wife and Precious's daughter-in-law.



* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Mannish likes hamburgers, but he has to hide the fact from his mistress, who is a militant vegetarian. Whenever she's gone on one of her trips, he happily indulges in burgers at every opportunity.
* ValuesDissonance: The difference between Jamaican and American poverty is discussed between Precious and Shirley.
--> '''Shirley:''' What they call poor here (USA) is a joke to us.
** Also discussed on the matter of men doing hosehold chores. Henry does it often, but Precious believes that that is woman's work.
--> '''Henry:''' [[LampshadeHanging I think we're having a cultural misunderstanding]]!

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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Mannish likes hamburgers, but he has to hide the fact from his mistress, who is a militant vegetarian. Whenever she's gone on one of her trips, he happily indulges in burgers at every opportunity.
* ValuesDissonance: The difference between Jamaican and American poverty is discussed between Precious and Shirley.
--> '''Shirley:''' What they call poor here (USA) is a joke to us.
** Also discussed on the matter of men doing hosehold chores. Henry does it often, but Precious believes that that is woman's work.
--> '''Henry:''' [[LampshadeHanging I think we're having a cultural misunderstanding]]!
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