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* FoutnainOfYouth: When Anemone receives her shadow again she de-ages to match the age of her shadow, about 17. Ramon is very relieved, since he expected it to work the other way round, and he thought she had a very beautiful young shadow.

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* FoutnainOfYouth: FountainOfYouth: When Anemone receives her shadow again she de-ages to match the age of her shadow, about 17. Ramon is very relieved, since he expected it to work the other way round, and he thought she had a very beautiful young shadow.


* CassanovaWannabe: Gulvarez, a neighboring lord, who does his best to woo Mirandola by singing the best parts of his love songs as loudly as possible.

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* CassanovaWannabe: CasanovaWannabe: Gulvarez, a neighboring lord, who does his best to woo Mirandola by singing the best parts of his love songs as loudly as possible.


''The Charwoman's Shadow'' is a fantasy novel written by Creator/LordDunsany. A nobleman sends his son off to a magician to learn how to make gold, for his sister's dowry. He discovers an elderly charwoman lives there, distressed that she has lost her shadow to the magician, and more distressed when she found the hero has done the same.

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''The Charwoman's Shadow'' is a fantasy novel written by Creator/LordDunsany. A nobleman Creator/LordDunsany in 1926. In Spain, during the Golden Age, Gonsalvo Alanzo's father once met a nameless magician in the woods and described to him the craft of boar hunting. Years later Gonsalvo is lord of the tower but his affairs have not prospered, and he needs gold for the dowry of his daughter Mirandola. He sends his son off Ramon Alonzo to a the magician to learn how to make gold, gold. The magician considers himself in debt to Ramon's grandfather for the knowledge of boar hunting, and agrees to teach him the use of the Philospher's Stone for a fee: his sister's dowry. He discovers an elderly shadow. The old charwoman lives there, distressed that who works for the magician warns Ramon not to give up his shadow, as she has lost her shadow to did, but the magician, coffer for Mirandola's dowry is empty, and more distressed when she found the hero has done the same.Ramon loves his sister.



* AffablyEvil
* AntiquatedLinguistics
* CastsNoShadow: If you give the magician yours. Don't take the replacement; it won't grow and shrink as it ought to.
* CinderellaCircumstances: The charwoman.
* EvilSorcerer
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: How the love potion works
* GoodHurtsEvil: How the fake shadow is driven off
* GoodShepherd: The priest rescues the hero from the fake shadow and gives him advice.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Drives the plot
* LovePotion: The magician teaches him to make one. Things get interesting.
* TheMagicGoesAway: When the hero leaves, the magician leaves the world and takes the

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* AffablyEvil
AffablyEvil: The magician is always polite and doesn't even mind Ramon trying to take his shadow back by force. Rather than any good nature on his part, it's simply that he is distracted by higher matters.
* AntiquatedLinguistics
AntiquatedLinguistics: Dunsany adopts a very poetic, and somewhat archaic style throughout the work.
* BigBrotherInstinct: The entire plot is based on Ramon risking traffic with the black arts in order to earn the gold for his little sister's dowry.
* CassanovaWannabe: Gulvarez, a neighboring lord, who does his best to woo Mirandola by singing the best parts of his love songs as loudly as possible.
* CastsNoShadow: If you give Anyone from whom the magician yours.collects his fee. Don't take the replacement; it won't grow and shrink as it ought to.
* CinderellaCircumstances: Anemone, the charwoman, wasn't born into high circumstances, but she certainly has sunk lower than she was.
* DamselInDistress:
The charwoman.
charwoman. Ramon decides he will rescue her shadow almost immediately on meeting her.
* EvilSorcerer
TheDarkArts: How everyone in the story views magic, even the magician acknowledges that salvation and magic are not compatible.
* ElderlyImmortal: The charwoman. She was given immortality when 17 years old, but although she doesn't die it didn't keep her young.
* EvilSorcerer: The magician fully recognizes that salvation cannot come to one of his art, and he makes crooked deals for his teaching, but he's not precisely evil.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Most importantly the magician, but also the Duke of Shadow Valley and the Just and Victorious Monarch.
* FairyTale: The story is essentially a fairy tale, and pretty explicit about it.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: How the failed love potion works
potions Mirandola uses ends up working after all. It makes the duke desperately ill, but allows Mirandola to nurse him back to health.
* FoutnainOfYouth: When Anemone receives her shadow again she de-ages to match the age of her shadow, about 17. Ramon is very relieved, since he expected it to work the other way round, and he thought she had a very beautiful young shadow.
* GoodHurtsEvil: How The very presence of Father Joseph in the fake wood sends all of the imps and gnomes running, and he is able to drive off the false shadow is driven off
with little trouble.
* GoodShepherd: The priest rescues the hero from the fake Father Joseph takes good care of his flock. He inspires Ramon to retrieve his shadow and gives him advice.
helps Mirandola find a good marriage.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: The charwoman's greatest wish is to simply have her shadow back, and be accepted back into common society again. Ramon finds he can't do without a real shadow either.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Drives Having no gold to cover the plot
lining of the coffer of Mirandola's dowry is what sets off the plot.
* LovePotion: The magician teaches him Ramon to make one. Things get interesting.
It makes the Duke of Shadow Valley very ill, but has its intended effect anyway, since Mirandola uses the opportunity to nurse the Duke back to health.
* LovingAShadow: A rather literal version of the trope. Ramon falls in love with Anemone's shadow when he finds it, unaware that it is hers. Fortunately when it is returned to her, she de-ages to match the age of her shadow rather than the other way around.
* TheMagicGoesAway: When the hero leaves, Ramon leaves for good, the magician leaves finally decides to leave the world and takes the creatures of the forest with him, Pied Piper style.
* MayDecemberRomance: Ramon and Anemone the charwoman have this, though Ramon doesn't realize it until the return of her shadow de-ages Anemone.
* OldSchoolChivalry: Ramon Alonzo determines to save the charwoman's shadow simply because that's what knights do.
* PasswordSlotMachine: Ramon is able to unlock the box holding the magician's shadow collection by trying ''every'' possible combination of a three-word spell until he hits on the right one. It helps that he tricked the first syllable out of the magician and that the lock reacts by vibrating a bit when it hears the first two correct syllables.
* TheShadowKnows: The villagers of Aragona try to kill Ramon on sight once the see that his replacement shadow won't grow or shrink as it should.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: The magician gave his charwoman immortality, but it amounts to an immortality of cleaning his floors.
* WizardsLiveLonger: It is mentioned that the Philospher's Stone has been discovered many times, and nearly every wizard has all the gold he wants and immortality as a result.

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* CastsNoShadow: If you give the magician yours. Don't take the replacement; it won't grow and shrink as it ought to.


'''''The Charwoman's Shadow ''''' is a fantasy novel written by Creator/LordDunsany. A nobleman sends his son off to a magician to learn how to make gold, for his sister's dowry. He discovers an elderly charwoman lives there, distressed that she has lost her shadow to the magician, and more distressed when she found the hero has done the same.

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'''''The ''The Charwoman's Shadow ''''' Shadow'' is a fantasy novel written by Creator/LordDunsany. A nobleman sends his son off to a magician to learn how to make gold, for his sister's dowry. He discovers an elderly charwoman lives there, distressed that she has lost her shadow to the magician, and more distressed when she found the hero has done the same.

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'''''The Charwoman's Shadow ''''' is a fantasy novel written by Creator/LordDunsany. A nobleman sends his son off to a magician to learn how to make gold, for his sister's dowry. He discovers an elderly charwoman lives there, distressed that she has lost her shadow to the magician, and more distressed when she found the hero has done the same.
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!!Tropes found in this work.
* AffablyEvil
* AntiquatedLinguistics
* CinderellaCircumstances: The charwoman.
* EvilSorcerer
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: How the love potion works
* GoodHurtsEvil: How the fake shadow is driven off
* GoodShepherd: The priest rescues the hero from the fake shadow and gives him advice.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Drives the plot
* LovePotion: The magician teaches him to make one. Things get interesting.
* TheMagicGoesAway: When the hero leaves, the magician leaves the world and takes the
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