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* {{Leitmotif}}: Fevvers performs to "Music/RideOfTheValkyries" and "A Bird in a Gilded Cage," which Walser finds [[CaptainObvious a little on the nose]].

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* {{Leitmotif}}: Fevvers performs to "Music/RideOfTheValkyries" and "A Bird in a Gilded Cage," which Walser finds [[CaptainObvious a little on the nose]].nose.

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* {{Leitmotif}}: Fevvers performs to "Music/RideOfTheValkyries" and "A Bird in a Gilded Cage," which Walser finds [[CaptainObvious a little on the nose]].


* RideOfTheValkyries: The {{Leitmotif}} Fevvers chose for herself, which Walser thinks is [[CaptainObvious a bit on the nose]].

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* RideOfTheValkyries: The {{Leitmotif}} Fevvers chose for herself, which Walser thinks is [[CaptainObvious a bit on the nose]].


* WitchClassic: Lizzie, a tiny, wizened woman who wears black with long black hair and an apparent power for [[TimeMaster time manipulation]] and [[{{Curse}} curses]].

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* WitchClassic: Lizzie, a tiny, wizened woman who wears black with long black hair grey hair, dresses in black, and has an apparent power for [[TimeMaster time manipulation]] and [[{{Curse}} curses]].

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* HappilyAdopted: Fevvers by the whores of Ma Nelson's brothel.


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* InterspeciesRomance: One of the intelligent apes seems to develop a crush on Walser.


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* MissingMom: Whoever birthed, or rather, ''hatched'' Fevvers is unknown to her. [[HappilyAdopted She doesn't seem to mind]].


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* UnproblematicProstitution: Subverted by Ma Nelson's girls. Though the lives they live are certainly far above the standards of late Victorian sex workers, most of them would much rather be doing something else with their lives.


* {{Curse}}: After the Charivaris attempt to sabotage Fevvers's act, they find themselves always suffering from boils, headaches, and other such minor maladies that keep them from performing as well as they once could.



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane:
** Fevvers's wings are advertised as this in-universe. Is she part swan, or all fake?
** Lizzie seems to have magic powers, but she might just be very good at the old confidence trick.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane:
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MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Fevvers's wings are advertised as this in-universe. Is she part swan, or all fake?
** Lizzie seems to have magic powers, but she might
fake? The ambiguity is part of her appeal. If she's fake, then she's just be very good at the old confidence trick.another hoaxster, but if she's real, then she's no longer a marvel but a freak.



* WitchClassic: Lizzie certainly looks the part, a tiny, wizened woman who wears black, has long grey hair and a VagueAge

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* WitchClassic: Lizzie certainly looks the part, Lizzie, a tiny, wizened woman who wears black, has black with long grey black hair and a VagueAge an apparent power for [[TimeMaster time manipulation]] and [[{{Curse}} curses]].


* CunningLinguist: Fevvers has a knack for picking up languages, although her grammar and pronunciation are barbarous, speaking French, Italian, German, and, after a matter of days in Saint Petersburg, Russian.



* {{Fauxreigner}}: The Princess of Abyssinia is not from Abyssinia at all and is in fact of Latin American stock and grew up near Marseilles. A reference to the RealLife [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreadnought_hoax Abyssinian princes hoax]].

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* {{Fauxreigner}}: The Princess of Abyssinia is not from Abyssinia at all nor has she ever been to Ethopia, and is in fact of Latin American stock and grew up near Marseilles. A reference to the RealLife [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreadnought_hoax Abyssinian princes hoax]].



* FrenchJerk: Monsieur Lamark, a murdering, drunken rapist.

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* FrenchJerk: Monsieur Lamark, a murdering, drunken rapist.wife-beater.



* TheOphelia: Mignon.

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* TheOphelia: Mignon.Mignon has hints of this.


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* ShiningCity: Saint Petersburg, "loveliest of all hallucinations," is portrayed this way, though not without its seedy and poverty-stricken side.


* WitchClassic: Lizzie certainly looks the part, a tiny, wizened WomanInBlack with long grey hair and a VagueAge

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* WitchClassic: Lizzie certainly looks the part, a tiny, wizened WomanInBlack with woman who wears black, has long grey hair and a VagueAge


** The Sleeping Beauty, a young woman in [[DeepSleep almost perpetual sleep]];

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** [[FauxDeath The Sleeping Beauty, a young woman in [[DeepSleep almost perpetual sleep]];Beauty]];

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* FrenchJerk: Monsieur Lamark, a murdering, drunken rapist.


* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Fevvers.

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* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Fevvers.Fevvers is blonde and beloved by all of Europe.


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* GodivaHair: When asked to appear neither naked nor clothed, Fevvers covers herself with her hair.

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* BellyButtonless: Walser speculates that Fevvers, claiming to be hatched, should have no belly button. It turns out [[spoiler: she doesn't]].

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