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** [[spoiler: Teté saves his neck during the slave revolt in exchange of her and Rosette's freedom. He then takes credit for their escape and frees them only when shamed by Father Antoine into doing so and never learns to treat Teté as a person.]]
** His grossly rude treatment of Teté and Rosette, [[spoiler: their daughter, eventually costs him the relationship with his son, but never manages to grow out of his racism.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Zarité lives free and so her husband and children, but Rosette is dead and Maurice is still grieving her and deserting their child, also he never repairs his relationship with his father.]]

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** [[spoiler: Teté Tété; saves his neck during the slave revolt in exchange of her and Rosette's freedom. He then takes credit for their escape and frees them only when shamed by Father Antoine into doing so and never learns to treat Teté Tété; as a person.]]
** His grossly rude treatment of Teté Tété; and Rosette, [[spoiler: their daughter, eventually costs him the relationship with his son, but never manages to grow out of his racism.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Zarité Zarité; lives free and so her husband and children, but Rosette is dead and Maurice is still grieving her and deserting their child, also he never repairs his relationship with his father.]]



** Zarité is a slave-born mulatto but she looks specifically black. Madame Violette and [[spoiler: Teté's daughter Rosette]] are free quadroons (born of a white father and mulatto mother) and are able to pass themselves as white, if not of Hispanic heritage.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Toussaint Louverture, leader of the Haitian Revolution appears in a few chapters. Gambo, Zaritè's FirstLove, eventually become his right-hand man.

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** Zarité Zarité; is a slave-born mulatto but she looks specifically black. Madame Violette and [[spoiler: Teté's Tété;'s daughter Rosette]] are free quadroons (born of a white father and mulatto mother) and are able to pass themselves as white, if not of Hispanic heritage.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Toussaint Louverture, leader of the Haitian Revolution appears in a few chapters. Gambo, Zaritè's Zarité's FirstLove, eventually become his right-hand man.


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* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Several slaves loose their children due to the their unbearable conditions.
** [[spoiler: Sadly, Zarité has to mourn the loss of Rosette, who succumbs to fatigue and illness due to the pregnancy and harsh conditions on jail.]]


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* SecondLove:
** After being widowed, Violette Relais fonds a new love in Sancho Garcia del Solar, Valmorain's eccentric brother-in-law.
** Years after losing Gambo in the mists of a civil war, Zarité falls in love with Zacharie and are HappilyMarried.


* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Toussaint Louverture, leader of the Haitian Revolution appears in a few chapters. Gambo, Zaritè's FirstLove, eventually become Shia right-hand man.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Toussaint Louverture, leader of the Haitian Revolution appears in a few chapters. Gambo, Zaritè's FirstLove, eventually become Shia his right-hand man.


* MalignantMixedMarriage:

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* MalignantMixedMarriage: MalignedMixedMarriage:


** His grossly rude treatment of Teté and Rosette, [[spoiler: their daughter, costs eventually his relationship with his son, but never manages to grow out his racism.]]

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** His grossly rude treatment of Teté and Rosette, [[spoiler: their daughter, costs eventually his costs him the relationship with his son, but never manages to grow out of his racism.]]



* BrotherSisterIncest: A tragically sympathetic example. [[spoiler: Maurice and Rosette are half-siblings and in love in a society who doesn't allow them to treat each other like siblings because of Rosette's race but also reprimand their blooming romance.]]

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* BrotherSisterIncest: A tragically sympathetic example. [[spoiler: Maurice and Rosette are not allowed to be together not only because they're half-siblings and in love in a society who doesn't allow them to treat each other like siblings but also because of Rosette's race but also reprimand their blooming romance.race.]]



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Violette Relais made a Carrer out of her beauty, but she is one of the most compassionate and good-hearted characters.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Toussaint Louverture, leader of the Haitian Revolution appears in a few chapters. Gambo, Zaritè's FirstLove, eventually become Shia right-hand man.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Violette Relais made a Carrer career out of her beauty, but she is one of the most compassionate and good-hearted characters.



* MalignantMixedMarriage:
** Doctor Parmentier is in a CommonLawMarriage with a black woman and they have several children, but they've been hiding their relationship for decades because it would hurt his business.
** Étienne Relais couldn't care less about social and racial prejudices and marries the mixed-race HookerWithAHeartOfGold Violette out in the open. His reputation as TheDreaded helps keeping unwanted attentions at bay.



* SurpriseIncest: [[spoiler: {{Subverted}}. Maurice and Rosette are revealed to be siblings when they declare their intention of getting married. It's subverted because they always knew they were siblings, but weren't allowed to behave as such and the distance put between them and puberty made sure that their feelings for each other turned out romantic.]]

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* SurpriseIncest: [[spoiler: {{Subverted}}. Maurice and Rosette are revealed to be siblings when they declare their intention of getting married. It's subverted because married, but it turns out they always knew they were siblings, all along, but weren't allowed to behave as such and the distance put between them and puberty made sure that their feelings for each other turned out romantic.]]

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* AnImmigrantsTale: Most of the main characters are Black Haitians, white Frenchmen and Spaniards who migrate to the recently American Louisiana after the Haitian revolution.


* SlaveRevolt: The only [[TruthInTelevision successful one in human history]]. The book correctly displays what made the rebel slave win: the instability of revolutionary France and the slave/master ratio in the island (one master for ten slaves). It was really a now-or-never situation.

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* SlaveRevolt: The only [[TruthInTelevision successful one in human history]]. The book correctly displays what made the rebel slave win: the instability of revolutionary France and the slave/master ratio in the island (one master for ten slaves). It was really a now-or-never situation.situation.
* SurpriseIncest: [[spoiler: {{Subverted}}. Maurice and Rosette are revealed to be siblings when they declare their intention of getting married. It's subverted because they always knew they were siblings, but weren't allowed to behave as such and the distance put between them and puberty made sure that their feelings for each other turned out romantic.]]
* WickedStepmother: Hortense Guizot marries Valmorain and spends years trying to conceive a son that would steal the right to inherit from Maurice, to no avail because Valmorain is too attached to his son, and because [[{{Irony}} she keeps giving birth to daughters]].[[spoiler: Also is that to Rosette, she tried to pressure Valmorain into selling her at age 7 (but she couldn't because Rosette was already technically free) and instigates Rosette's imprisonment and eventual death.]]


* SlaveLiberstion: Saint Domingue slaves free themselves from their French master. [[TheDogBitesBack Bloodily]].

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* SlaveLiberstion: SlaveLiberation: Saint Domingue slaves free themselves from their French master. [[TheDogBitesBack Bloodily]].

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* ButNotTooBlack: In 18th-century Creole society, having darker or fairer skin could literally change your life:
** Zarité is a slave-born mulatto but she looks specifically black. Madame Violette and [[spoiler: Teté's daughter Rosette]] are free quadroons (born of a white father and mulatto mother) and are able to pass themselves as white, if not of Hispanic heritage.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Violette Relais made a Carrer out of her beauty, but she is one of the most compassionate and good-hearted characters.
* MadwomanInTheAttic: Valmorain's first wife Eugenia slowly loses her mind in Saint Domingue, due to her family history of mental illness (among women, her brother is sane if quite eccentric) and the increasing paranoia about a possible SlaveRevolt.
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: Violette initially founded herself with two lovers who treat their relationship as exclusive: rich planter Valmorain and military officer Étienne Relais, who has a rather modest income. Eventually the love triangle resolves itself peacefully, as Valmorain intentions were never serious, and Violette ends up happily married to Relais.
* SlaveLiberstion: Saint Domingue slaves free themselves from their French master. [[TheDogBitesBack Bloodily]].
** [[spoiler: Teté spends the other half of the book and the rest of her life as a free woman.]]


* SlaveRevolt: The only [[TruthInTelevision successful one in ''human history'']]. The book correctly displays what made the rebel slave win: the instability of revolutionary France and the slave/master ratio in the island (one master for ten slaves). It was really a now-or-never situation.

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* SlaveRevolt: The only [[TruthInTelevision successful one in ''human history'']].human history]]. The book correctly displays what made the rebel slave win: the instability of revolutionary France and the slave/master ratio in the island (one master for ten slaves). It was really a now-or-never situation.


* BrotherSisterIncest: A tragically sympathetic example. [[spoiler: Maurice and Rosette are half-siblings and in love in a society who doesn't allow them to treat each other like siblings because of Rosette's race but also reprimand their blooming romance.]]

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* BrotherSisterIncest: A tragically sympathetic example. [[spoiler: Maurice and Rosette are half-siblings and in love in a society who doesn't allow them to treat each other like siblings because of Rosette's race but also reprimand their blooming romance.]]]]
* SlaveRevolt: The only [[TruthInTelevision successful one in ''human history'']]. The book correctly displays what made the rebel slave win: the instability of revolutionary France and the slave/master ratio in the island (one master for ten slaves). It was really a now-or-never situation.


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Zarité lives free and so her husband and children, but Rosette is dead and Maurice is still grieving her and deserting their child, also he never repairs his relationship with his father.

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Zarité lives free and so her husband and children, but Rosette is dead and Maurice is still grieving her and deserting their child, also he never repairs his relationship with his father.]]


The story is set in late 18th-century Haiti from the POV of Zarité "Teté" Sedella, an Haitian-born slave and her lifelong struggle to obtain freedom for her and her children. Her story is entangled with History, as she happens to live during the tough times of the [[SlaveRevolt Haitian Revolution]], which is quite faithfully described. The second focus is on her master, the French planter [[ObliviouslyEvil Toulouse Valmorain]], along with his Spanish brother-in-law [[Dashing Hispanic Sancho]], Madame [[HookerWithAnHeartOfGold Violette Relais]], as they live through the revolution and eventually settle in Louisiana as it is about to be sold to the United States of America.

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The story is set in late 18th-century Haiti from the POV of Zarité "Teté" Sedella, an Haitian-born slave and her lifelong struggle to obtain freedom for her and her children. Her story is entangled with History, as she happens to live during the tough times of the [[SlaveRevolt Haitian Revolution]], which is quite faithfully described. The second focus is on her master, the French planter [[ObliviouslyEvil Toulouse Valmorain]], along with his Spanish brother-in-law [[Dashing Hispanic [[DashingHispanic Sancho]], Madame [[HookerWithAnHeartOfGold [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Violette Relais]], as they live through the revolution and eventually settle in Louisiana as it is about to be sold to the United States of America.



* AesopAmnesia: Toulouse Valmorain goes through multiple BrrakTheHaughty experiences, but never learns anything from them:
** [[spoiler: Teté saves his neck

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* AesopAmnesia: Toulouse Valmorain goes through multiple BrrakTheHaughty BreakTheHaughty experiences, but never learns anything from them:
** [[spoiler: Teté saves his neck during the slave revolt in exchange of her and Rosette's freedom. He then takes credit for their escape and frees them only when shamed by Father Antoine into doing so and never learns to treat Teté as a person.]]
** His grossly rude treatment of Teté and Rosette, [[spoiler: their daughter, costs eventually his relationship with his son, but never manages to grow out his racism.]]

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Island Beneath the Sea (Spanish: La Isla Bajo el Mar) is a 2009 novel by Creator/IsabelAllende. The novel is quite different from Allende's most famous works and ows more to Historical Fiction than to MagicalRealism.

The story is set in late 18th-century Haiti from the POV of Zarité "Teté" Sedella, an Haitian-born slave and her lifelong struggle to obtain freedom for her and her children. Her story is entangled with History, as she happens to live during the tough times of the [[SlaveRevolt Haitian Revolution]], which is quite faithfully described. The second focus is on her master, the French planter [[ObliviouslyEvil Toulouse Valmorain]], along with his Spanish brother-in-law [[Dashing Hispanic Sancho]], Madame [[HookerWithAnHeartOfGold Violette Relais]], as they live through the revolution and eventually settle in Louisiana as it is about to be sold to the United States of America.

!!The book displays the following tropes:

* AesopAmnesia: Toulouse Valmorain goes through multiple BrrakTheHaughty experiences, but never learns anything from them:
** [[spoiler: Teté saves his neck
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Zarité lives free and so her husband and children, but Rosette is dead and Maurice is still grieving her and deserting their child, also he never repairs his relationship with his father.
* BrotherSisterIncest: A tragically sympathetic example. [[spoiler: Maurice and Rosette are half-siblings and in love in a society who doesn't allow them to treat each other like siblings because of Rosette's race but also reprimand their blooming romance.]]

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