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* FatGirl: The unfortunately named Alma Pudden, [[spoiler: who it turns out actually has a form of eating disorder.]]

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** This happens a couple more times to a lesser degree with Alison again, towards Angela and Miss Willcox - Angela after she is horrible about Pauline's mother, and Miss Willcox after she insults a poem only because she thought Anne-Marie wrote it when it was actually by a famous acclaimed poet (allegedly proving she's not as cultured as she claimed).


* DoubleStandard: A ProtagonistCenteredMorality variant. When Pat and Isabel first arrive at St. Clare's, determined to be defiant and unpleasant because they don't want to be there, all the other students took it pretty lightly, and just laughed them off by calling them the "stuck-up twins" behind their back. When Mirabel comes and does pretty much the exact same thing, the girls pranked her with StockShoujoBullyingTactics. Elsie (whose character is “the spiteful one”) was the ringleader of the latter. Several of the girls expressed misgivings about it, but Elsie was like “I’m the head girl so you have to do what I say” and the girls reluctantly went along with it after that. Eventually the girls refused to keep doing it and called Elsie out for being an asshole.

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* DoubleStandard: DoubleStandard:
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A ProtagonistCenteredMorality variant. When Pat and Isabel first arrive at St. Clare's, determined to be defiant and unpleasant because they don't want to be there, all the other students took it pretty lightly, and just laughed them off by calling them the "stuck-up twins" behind their back. When Mirabel comes and does pretty much the exact same thing, the girls pranked her with StockShoujoBullyingTactics. Elsie (whose character Of course, the harsher treatment towards the latter might be justified because Elsie, the head girl of the class whose primary trait is “the spiteful one”) being spiteful, was the ringleader of the latter. Several whole scheme.
** The girls' bullying
of the girls expressed misgivings about it, but Elsie was like “I’m the head girl so you have to do what I say” Alma Pudden is treated as harmless and the girls reluctantly went along with it justified because she is fat and unpleasant, even after that. Eventually the girls refused to keep doing learning she can't help it. In an earlier book, they were disgusted when Prudence mocked Carlotta's background specifically because it and called Elsie out for being an asshole.was something Carlotta couldn't change.


* DoubleStandard: A ProtagonistCenteredMorality variant. When Pat and Isabel first arrived at St. Clare's, determined to be defiant and unpleasant because they don't want to be there, all the other students took it pretty lightly, and just laughed them off by calling them the "stuck-up twins" behind their back. When Mirabel comes and does pretty much the exact same thing, the girls pranked her with StockShoujoBullyingTactics. Elsie (whose character is “the spiteful one”) was the ringleader of the latter. Several of the girls expressed misgivings about it, but Elsie was like “I’m the head girl so you have to do what I say” and the girls reluctantly went along with it after that. Eventually the girls refused to keep doing it and called Elsie out for being an asshole.

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* DoubleStandard: A ProtagonistCenteredMorality variant. When Pat and Isabel first arrived arrive at St. Clare's, determined to be defiant and unpleasant because they don't want to be there, all the other students took it pretty lightly, and just laughed them off by calling them the "stuck-up twins" behind their back. When Mirabel comes and does pretty much the exact same thing, the girls pranked her with StockShoujoBullyingTactics. Elsie (whose character is “the spiteful one”) was the ringleader of the latter. Several of the girls expressed misgivings about it, but Elsie was like “I’m the head girl so you have to do what I say” and the girls reluctantly went along with it after that. Eventually the girls refused to keep doing it and called Elsie out for being an asshole.


* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Inverted with Pat and Isabel. In the beginning of the series, Pat was written as the dominant and more rebellious (shown by her refusal to wait on the older students, even when Isabel relented to do her duties, then pulling a TwinSwitch and taking Isabel's place when Pat was banned from going out to town for her disobedience). However, Pat later mellows down to become as responsible and reliable as Isabel is, to the point where the teachers can't choose between the two girls when they're to be appointed as head girls, because they're apparently that interchangeable now. (Pamela Cox's book taking place after the last one points out that Pat is hot-tempered and Isabel isn't, to the point where it really seems as if Isabel could have been the only head girl.)

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* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Inverted with Pat and Isabel. In At the beginning of the series, Pat was written as the dominant and more rebellious (shown by her refusal to wait on the older students, even when Isabel relented to do her duties, then pulling a TwinSwitch and taking Isabel's place when Pat was banned from going out to town for her disobedience). However, Pat later mellows down to become as responsible and reliable as Isabel is, to the point where the teachers can't choose between the two girls when they're to be appointed as head girls, because they're apparently that interchangeable now. (Pamela Cox's book taking place after the last one points out that Pat is hot-tempered and Isabel isn't, to the point where it really seems as if Isabel could have been the only head girl.)


* AnachronismStew: Some of the later releases of the books were extensively [[{{Bowdlerize}} bowdlerized]] to try and make them more appealing to current generations - shillings to pounds, grandmother to grannies and so on. Particularly JustForFun/{{egregious}} are the more modern illustrations - the [[TheNineties '90s]] versions of the books find the girls drinking from plastic lemonade bottles and wearing baggy T-shirts and Rachel haircuts, while others have them wearing shorts instead of hockey skirts and so on. Carlotta threatening to slap Angela has also been edited out.
** There is another frustrating example: "sew a button on a shoe" gets turned into "sew a button on"!

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* AnachronismStew: Some of the later releases of the books were extensively [[{{Bowdlerize}} bowdlerized]] to try and make them more appealing to current generations - shillings to pounds, grandmother to grannies and so on. Particularly JustForFun/{{egregious}} are the more modern illustrations - the [[TheNineties '90s]] versions of the books find the girls drinking from plastic lemonade bottles and wearing baggy T-shirts and Rachel haircuts, while others have them wearing shorts instead of hockey skirts and so on. Carlotta threatening to slap Angela has also been edited out.
** There is another frustrating example: "sew
out. "Sew a button on a shoe" gets turned into "sew a button on"!on".



* {{Bowdlerize}}: The latest versions to be released have all been abridged in some way. See Anachronism Stew above.

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%% * {{Bowdlerize}}: The latest versions to be released in .... have all been abridged in some way. See Anachronism Stew above.way.



* CheatersNeverProsper: In one book, Isabel accidentally comes across the answers to a prescribed test and ends up reading them. She ends up wracked by guilt, but it turns out the test was actually for another class, so she was fine (but she ended up being so relieved she screwed up some of the questions.)
** Prudence is also caught with the answers for a French test by Carlotta and Bobby, but in her case, it was intentional.

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* CheatersNeverProsper: CheatersNeverProsper:
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In one book, Isabel accidentally comes across the answers to a prescribed test and ends up reading them. She ends up wracked by guilt, but it turns out the test was actually for another class, so she was fine (but she ended up being so relieved she screwed up some of the questions.)
** Prudence is also caught with the answers for a French test by Carlotta and Bobby, but in her case, it the intention to cheat was intentional.



* DisproportionateRetribution: Several cases.
** In ''The O'Sullivan Twins'', Pat's knitting is ruined and she believes that Margery is responsible. The entire form decides to refuse to cheer for Margery in the upcoming lacrosse game, even though she didn't do it and won the game for them.
*** Actually, they chose not to cheer for her ''before'' the knitting incident due to Margery's behaviour in class. Pat had reminded the other students and Margery retaliated by threatening revenge, which the other girls assumed resulted in the ruined knitting. However, the trope still fits.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Several cases.
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** In ''The O'Sullivan Twins'', the class choose not to cheer for Margery in the important lacrosse match due to Margery's behaviour in class. Then Pat's knitting is ruined and she believes that Margery is responsible. The entire form decides to refuse to cheer for Margery in the upcoming lacrosse game, even though she didn't do it and won the game for them.
*** Actually, they chose not to cheer for her ''before'' the knitting incident due to Margery's behaviour in class.
them. Pat had reminded the other students and Margery retaliated by threatening revenge, which the other girls assumed resulted in the ruined knitting. However, the trope still fits.



* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Inverted with Pat and Isabel. In the beginning of the series, Pat was written as the dominant and more rebellious (shown by her refusal to wait on the older students, even when Isabel relented to do her duties, then pulling a TwinSwitch and taking Isabel's place when Pat was banned from going out to town for her disobedience). However, Pat later mellows down to become as responsible and reliable as Isabel is, to the point where the teachers can't choose between the two girls when they're to be appointed as head girls, because they're apparently that interchangeable now.
** Thankfully, Pamela Cox's book taking place after the last one points out that Pat is hot-tempered and Isabel isn't, to the point where it really seems as if Isabel could have been the only head girl.
* DoubleStandard: A ProtagonistCenteredMorality variant. When Pat and Isabel first arrived at St. Clare's, determined to be defiant and unpleasant because they don't want to be there, all the other students took it pretty lightly, and just laughed them off by calling them the "stuck-up twins" behind their back. When Mirabel comes and does pretty much the exact same thing, the girls pranked her with StockShoujoBullyingTactics.
** Elsie (whose character is “the spiteful one”) was the ringleader of the latter. Several of the girls expressed misgivings about it, but Elsie was like “I’m the head girl so you have to do what I say” and the girls reluctantly went along with it after that. Eventually the girls refused to keep doing it and called Elsie out for being an asshole.

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* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Inverted with Pat and Isabel. In the beginning of the series, Pat was written as the dominant and more rebellious (shown by her refusal to wait on the older students, even when Isabel relented to do her duties, then pulling a TwinSwitch and taking Isabel's place when Pat was banned from going out to town for her disobedience). However, Pat later mellows down to become as responsible and reliable as Isabel is, to the point where the teachers can't choose between the two girls when they're to be appointed as head girls, because they're apparently that interchangeable now.
** Thankfully, Pamela
now. (Pamela Cox's book taking place after the last one points out that Pat is hot-tempered and Isabel isn't, to the point where it really seems as if Isabel could have been the only head girl.
girl.)
* DoubleStandard: A ProtagonistCenteredMorality variant. When Pat and Isabel first arrived at St. Clare's, determined to be defiant and unpleasant because they don't want to be there, all the other students took it pretty lightly, and just laughed them off by calling them the "stuck-up twins" behind their back. When Mirabel comes and does pretty much the exact same thing, the girls pranked her with StockShoujoBullyingTactics. \n** Elsie (whose character is “the spiteful one”) was the ringleader of the latter. Several of the girls expressed misgivings about it, but Elsie was like “I’m the head girl so you have to do what I say” and the girls reluctantly went along with it after that. Eventually the girls refused to keep doing it and called Elsie out for being an asshole.



--> ''"Angela sends for the young ones far too much, though," said Pat, frowning. "She and Alison make them do too many jobs. They've got a bit of power and they are using it badly."''
--> ''Hilary knew that Antoinette was being very naughty about coming when she was sent for - but she knew too that Angela used the younger girls far too much. She used her prettiness and charm to make them into little slaves.''
--> Angela gets told off for it, but it doesn't seem to help: ''"You're not given power to play about with and get pleasure from, Angela, as'' you ''seem to think. You're given it to use in the right way."''
** And then there's Mirabel. She gets a bit of this after becoming sports captain, working the younger girls way too hard and forcing them to attend constant practices, [[spoiler: until they eventually get sick enough of her to literally go on strike and it's only Gladys' advice that stops her resigning completely.]]

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--> ---> ''"Angela sends for the young ones far too much, though," said Pat, frowning. "She and Alison make them do too many jobs. They've got a bit of power and they are using it badly."''
--> ---> ''Hilary knew that Antoinette was being very naughty about coming when she was sent for - but she knew too that Angela used the younger girls far too much. She used her prettiness and charm to make them into little slaves.''
--> ---> Angela gets told off for it, but it doesn't seem to help: ''"You're not given power to play about with and get pleasure from, Angela, as'' you ''seem to think. You're given it to use in the right way."''
** And then there's Mirabel. She gets Mirabel becomes a bit of this after becoming sports captain, working the younger girls way too hard and forcing them to attend constant practices, [[spoiler: until they eventually get sick enough of her to literally go on strike and it's only Gladys' advice that stops her resigning completely.]]



* FearOfThunder: Several girls turn out to have this at the culmination of an outdoor midnight feast spoiled by rain.
* FemaleGaze: A few mild lesbian examples.
--> ''[Jane] wished she could dislike Angela, but she couldn't. Every time she saw the golden-haired girl with her starry eyes set in her oval face she thought how wonderful she was.
* FoodPorn: All those midnight feasts!

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* FearOfThunder: Several girls turn out to have this be scared of thunder at the culmination of an outdoor midnight feast spoiled by rain.
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Girls' beauty is sometimes described.
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--> ''[Jane] wished she could dislike Angela, but she couldn't. Every time she saw the golden-haired girl with her starry eyes set in her oval face she thought how wonderful she was.
%% * FoodPorn: All those midnight feasts!



* SeriousBusiness: All kinds of sports are treated like this. Lacrosse and tennis are of paramount importance, and nothing like a silly ''injury'' should stop you racing up the field to score a winning goal for the Good Old Team.

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* SeriousBusiness: All kinds of sports are treated like this.the most important stuff at school by most of the girls. Lacrosse and tennis are of paramount importance, and nothing like a silly ''injury'' should stop you racing up the field to score a winning goal for the Good Old Team.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The second through fourth book each have a different antagonist girl who is nasty and spiteful and tries to make life hell for other pupils: Erica in the second, Prudence in the third and Elsie in the fourth. In the fifth, Angela fulfills that role, but since she's more just arrogant and bitchy than an outright evil schemer and more integrated into the group overall, she doesn't have to leave at the end of the term and stays on for the next book.
** The books did do their best to distinguish them, though- Erica was just plain mean and held grudges like hell, Prudence was a holier-than-thou princess who thought she was a model student and had a huge grudge against Carlotta because Carlotta was from a circus and was extremely popular, while Prudence, who was from a very prestigious background, was unpopular for being so uptight and bitchy. Elsie wanted to be a dictator, but everyone overthrew her easily and then she just sulked.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The second through fourth book each have a different antagonist girl who is nasty and spiteful and tries to make life hell for other pupils: Erica in the second, Prudence in the third and Elsie in the fourth. In the fifth, Angela fulfills that role, but since she's more just arrogant and bitchy than an outright evil schemer and more integrated into the group overall, she doesn't have to leave at the end of the term and stays on for the next book.
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book. The books did do their best to distinguish them, though- Erica was just plain mean and held grudges like hell, Prudence was a holier-than-thou princess who thought she was a model student and had a huge grudge against Carlotta because Carlotta was from a circus and was extremely popular, while Prudence, who was from a very prestigious background, was unpopular for being so uptight and bitchy. Elsie wanted to be a dictator, but everyone overthrew her easily and then she just sulked.



* TeenGenius: Felicity at music and Lucy Oriell at pretty much everything, especially art.

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%% * TeenGenius: Felicity at music and Lucy Oriell at pretty much everything, especially art.



* TwinSwitch: Pat and Isabel try this to get around one of them being punished by being forbidden to go into town.

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* TwinSwitch: TwinSwitch:
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Pat and Isabel try this passing for another to get around one of them being punished by being forbidden to go into town.



* UnstoppableRage: Carlotta, especially in ''Summer Term at St. Clare's''.
* WeatherReportOpening: The first book starts:
--> One sunny summer afternoon four girls sat on the grass by a tennis-court, drinking lemonade.

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%% * UnstoppableRage: Carlotta, especially in ''Summer Term at St. Clare's''.
* WeatherReportOpening: The first book starts:
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starts with this sentence: "One sunny summer afternoon four girls sat on the grass by a tennis-court, drinking lemonade."


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* BreakTheCutie: Lucy in ''The O’Sullivan Twins''. Lucy is super-smart and kind to everyone, even people who have been major assholes. Then near the end of the book, [[spoiler: her painter dad loses the use of his hand in a car accident so he can’t paint anymore. The family are now poor and can’t afford to send Lucy to school anymore. Fortunately, she’s able to earn a scholarship and stay at St Clare’s.]]

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* BreakTheCutie: Lucy in ''The O’Sullivan Twins''. Lucy is super-smart super-smart, rich, adored by her classmates and teachers alike and kind to everyone, even people who have been major assholes. Then near the end of the book, [[spoiler: her painter dad loses the use of his hand in a car accident so he can’t paint anymore. The family are now poor and can’t afford to send Lucy to school anymore. Fortunately, she’s able to earn a scholarship and stay at St Clare’s.]]


* BreakTheCutie: Lucy in ‘’The O’Sullivan Twins’’. Lucy is super-smart and kind to everyone, even people who have been major assholes. Then near the end of the book, [[spoiler: her painter dad loses the use of his hand in a car accident so he can’t paint anymore. The family are now poor and can’t afford to send Lucy to school anymore. Fortunately, she’s able to earn a scholarship and stay at St Clare’s.]]

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* BreakTheCutie: Lucy in ‘’The ''The O’Sullivan Twins’’.Twins''. Lucy is super-smart and kind to everyone, even people who have been major assholes. Then near the end of the book, [[spoiler: her painter dad loses the use of his hand in a car accident so he can’t paint anymore. The family are now poor and can’t afford to send Lucy to school anymore. Fortunately, she’s able to earn a scholarship and stay at St Clare’s.]]

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*BreakTheCutie: Lucy in ‘’The O’Sullivan Twins’’. Lucy is super-smart and kind to everyone, even people who have been major assholes. Then near the end of the book, [[spoiler: her painter dad loses the use of his hand in a car accident so he can’t paint anymore. The family are now poor and can’t afford to send Lucy to school anymore. Fortunately, she’s able to earn a scholarship and stay at St Clare’s.]]


* AmbiguouslyBrown: Carlotta. She is described as "dark like a gypsy", but it is never really confirmed that she is one.

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* AmbiguouslyBrown: Carlotta. She is described as "dark like a gypsy", but it is never really confirmed that whether she is one.Romani. She’s described as half-English and half-Spanish, but it’s never confirmed whether she has any Romani in her family.


* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: Well, they're not Catholic. But they go to a boarding school and wear their uniform all the time.



* ClingyJealousGirl: Angela's many "admirers" in ''Fifth Formers at St Clare's''

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%% * ClingyJealousGirl: Angela's many "admirers" in ''Fifth Formers at St Clare's''


** In fairness, Elsie (whose character is “the spiteful one”) was the ringleader of the latter. Several of the girls expressed misgivings about it, but Elsie was like “I’m the head girl so you have to do what I say” and the girls reluctantly went along with it after that. Hilary even tried to convince Elsie to stop, but Elsie refused.

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** In fairness, Elsie (whose character is “the spiteful one”) was the ringleader of the latter. Several of the girls expressed misgivings about it, but Elsie was like “I’m the head girl so you have to do what I say” and the girls reluctantly went along with it after that. Hilary even tried Eventually the girls refused to convince keep doing it and called Elsie to stop, but Elsie refused.out for being an asshole.


** In fairness, Elsie (whose character is “the spiteful one”) was the ringleader of the latter. Several of the girls expressed misgivings about it, but Elsie was like “I’m the head girl so you have to do what I say” and the girls reluctantly went along with it after that.

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** In fairness, Elsie (whose character is “the spiteful one”) was the ringleader of the latter. Several of the girls expressed misgivings about it, but Elsie was like “I’m the head girl so you have to do what I say” and the girls reluctantly went along with it after that. Hilary even tried to convince Elsie to stop, but Elsie refused.


** In fairness, Elsie was the ringleader of the latter. Several of the girls expressed misgivings about it, but Elsie was like “I’m the head girl so you have to do what I say” and the girls reluctantly went along with it after that.

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** In fairness, Elsie (whose character is “the spiteful one”) was the ringleader of the latter. Several of the girls expressed misgivings about it, but Elsie was like “I’m the head girl so you have to do what I say” and the girls reluctantly went along with it after that.

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