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* BerserkButton: [[spoiler:The hunger birds accidentally harming Lettie while trying to eat the protagonist's heart]] serves as one for Old Mrs. Hempstock, making her so angry she scares the ''hunger birds''.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: You REALLY don't want to get on the bad side of the Hempstock women. They'll feed you, clean you, and treat you like a member of the family if you're in their good graces. Get in their way, and they'll sic horrifying [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] on you.

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* BerserkButton: [[spoiler:The hunger birds accidentally harming Lettie while trying to eat the protagonist's heart]] serves as one for Old Mrs. Hempstock, making her so angry she scares the ''hunger birds''.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: You REALLY don't want to get on the bad side of the Hempstock women. They'll feed you, clean you, and treat you like a member of the family if you're in their good graces. Get in their way, and they'll sic horrifying [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] {{Eldritch Abomination}}s on you.


* TheLoad: The narrator doesn't directly influence the plot. He doesn't instigate it and he's not instrumental to resolving it. He just hangs along and tries to stay alive long enough to be rescued.

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* TheLoad: The narrator doesn't directly influence the plot. He doesn't instigate it and he's not instrumental to resolving it. He just hangs along and tries to stay alive long enough to be rescued. Justified, since he's seven and is a regular human boy surrounded by reality- warping eldritch abominations.


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* AdultFear: Your spouse will start cheating on you with an attractive younger person, who will, in turn, start mistreating your children. Although it's told from a child's perspective, and among many more immediate threats, part of what makes Ursula Monkton so horrifying is that she can make the narrator's father do terrible things, possibly [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane without any overt mind control at all]].


->''It was only a duck pond, out at the back of the farm. It wasn't very big.''

->''Lettie Hempstock said it was an ocean, but I knew that was silly. She said that they'd come here across the ocean from the old country.''

->''Her mother said that Lettie didn't remember it properly, and it was a long time ago, and anyway, the old country had sunk.''

->''Old Mrs. Hempstock, Lettie's grandmother, said they were both wrong, and that the place that had sunk wasn't the ''really'' old country. She said she could remember the really old country.''

->''She said the really old country had blown up.''

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->''It was only a duck pond, out at the back of the farm. It wasn't very big.''

->''Lettie
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''Lettie
Hempstock said it was an ocean, but I knew that was silly. She said that they'd come here across the ocean from the old country.''

->''Her
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''Her
mother said that Lettie didn't remember it properly, and it was a long time ago, and anyway, the old country had sunk.''

->''Old
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''Old
Mrs. Hempstock, Lettie's grandmother, said they were both wrong, and that the place that had sunk wasn't the ''really'' old country. She said she could remember the really old country.''

->''She
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''She
said the really old country had blown up.''



* ArmorPiercingQuestion: [[spoiler: "Does it make you feel big to make a little boy cry?"]]

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: [[spoiler: "Does [[spoiler:"Does it make you feel big to make a little boy cry?"]]



* BerserkButton: [[spoiler: The hunger birds accidentally harming Lettie while trying to eat the protagonist's heart]] serves as one for Old Mrs. Hempstock, making her so angry she scares the ''hunger birds''.

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* BerserkButton: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The hunger birds accidentally harming Lettie while trying to eat the protagonist's heart]] serves as one for Old Mrs. Hempstock, making her so angry she scares the ''hunger birds''.



* BigGood: The three Hempstocks as a whole, but particularly Old Mrs. Hempstock. They see it as their mission to shoo off "fleas" (otherwise known by others as [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]]) back to where they came from, both to keep them from hurting humanity, and also [[spoiler: to keep them from attracting the hunger birds.]]
* BittersweetEnding: The EldritchAbomination that's been haunting the narrator is defeated, but [[spoiler: the hunger birds try to devour the narrator's heart, forcing Lettie to sacrifice herself. She's not technically dead, but she's been healing for over forty years and still isn't well enough to talk. The narrator can only remember tiny fragments of what had really happened, except when he's visiting the ocean.]]

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* BigGood: The three Hempstocks as a whole, but particularly Old Mrs. Hempstock. They see it as their mission to shoo off "fleas" (otherwise known by others as [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]]) back to where they came from, both to keep them from hurting humanity, and also [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to keep them from attracting the hunger birds.]]
* BittersweetEnding: The EldritchAbomination that's been haunting the narrator is defeated, but [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the hunger birds try to devour the narrator's heart, forcing Lettie to sacrifice herself. She's not technically dead, but she's been healing for over forty years and still isn't well enough to talk. The narrator can only remember tiny fragments of what had really happened, except when he's visiting the ocean.]]



* CatsAreMagic: The cat the narrator finds isn't a normal cat. [[spoiler:For one thing, it's still alive after forty years.]] Though that could be because the cat is normal, but [[spoiler: time doesn't pass the same way on Hempstock land.]]

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* CatsAreMagic: The cat the narrator finds isn't a normal cat. [[spoiler:For one thing, it's still alive after forty years.]] Though that could be because the cat is normal, but [[spoiler: time [[spoiler:time doesn't pass the same way on Hempstock land.]]



* ChekhovsGun: The pond, the kitten [[spoiler: which was named Ocean]].
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: [[spoiler: Lettie gives Ursula every chance to surrender and do the right thing. And Ursula at one point seems to agree, only to attempt a double-cross. Fortunately, Lettie was GenreSavvy enough to see it coming.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: The pond, the kitten [[spoiler: which [[spoiler:which was named Ocean]].
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: [[spoiler: Lettie [[spoiler:Lettie gives Ursula every chance to surrender and do the right thing. And Ursula at one point seems to agree, only to attempt a double-cross. Fortunately, Lettie was GenreSavvy enough to see it coming.]]



* DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu?: [[spoiler:A HumanoidAbomination has sex with the narrator's father]].

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* DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu?: DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu: [[spoiler:A HumanoidAbomination has sex with the narrator's father]].



* DoNotTauntCthulhu: [[spoiler: The hunger birds attack Lettie, causing Old Mrs. Hempstock to reveal her true form.]] She questions their actions, but they openly defy her until she notes exactly what she can do to them, at which point they back off immediately and begin begging for mercy.

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* DoNotTauntCthulhu: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The hunger birds attack Lettie, causing Old Mrs. Hempstock to reveal her true form.]] She questions their actions, but they openly defy her until she notes exactly what she can do to them, at which point they back off immediately and begin begging for mercy.



** When the opal miner first arrives at the narrator's house, he runs over the boy's kitten and gives him a tomcat named [[MeaningfulName (appropriately)]] Monster. [[spoiler: He later commits suicide in a car at the edge of the narrator's and Hempstock's property, where the barrier between worlds is thinnest, which attracts the attention of a "flea," which leads to a [[EldritchAbomination literal monster]] getting into the boy's house.]]
** Almost impossible to notice without a second reading, but the narrator expresses in the first few pages that [[spoiler:he produces art sometimes to fill a hole in him. Turns out this hole is more than a methaphor]].

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** When the opal miner first arrives at the narrator's house, he runs over the boy's kitten and gives him a tomcat named [[MeaningfulName (appropriately)]] Monster. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He later commits suicide in a car at the edge of the narrator's and Hempstock's property, where the barrier between worlds is thinnest, which attracts the attention of a "flea," which leads to a [[EldritchAbomination literal monster]] getting into the boy's house.]]
** Almost impossible to notice without a second reading, but the narrator expresses in the first few pages that [[spoiler:he produces art sometimes to fill a hole in him. Turns out this hole is more than a methaphor]].metaphor]].



* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Ursula (who actually looks like a mass of rotten gray cloth), Lettie (who actually looks like a form made of silk the color of frost illuminated by countless tiny flames) and presumably her mother and grandmother (Ginnie always appears human, and Old Mrs. Hempstock only partially reveals herself [[spoiler: when the hunger birds almost kill Lettie]] as a woman whose hair and clothes shine so bright the protagonist compares her to burning magnesium). It's also implied that everyone's true self looks very different from their physical form.

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* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Ursula (who actually looks like a mass of rotten gray cloth), Lettie (who actually looks like a form made of silk the color of frost illuminated by countless tiny flames) and presumably her mother and grandmother (Ginnie always appears human, and Old Mrs. Hempstock only partially reveals herself [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when the hunger birds almost kill Lettie]] as a woman whose hair and clothes shine so bright the protagonist compares her to burning magnesium). It's also implied that everyone's true self looks very different from their physical form.



** [[spoiler: When the hunger birds want to eat the protagonist's heart but are prevented from doing so, they spitefully start devouring Earth instead. This is enough to get the protagonist to leave the safety of the Hempstock farm, knowing full well it meant his death.]]

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** [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When the hunger birds want to eat the protagonist's heart but are prevented from doing so, they spitefully start devouring Earth instead. This is enough to get the protagonist to leave the safety of the Hempstock farm, knowing full well it meant his death.]]



* IKnowYourTrueName: Never specifically comes into play, but Ursula chides Lettie for trying to seal her without knowing her name and Lettie goes to a lot of trouble to find it out. She finally does find out what Ursula's real name is [[spoiler: Skarthach of the Keep]] and is able to make Ursula behave herself more after she figures this out.

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* IKnowYourTrueName: Never specifically comes into play, but Ursula chides Lettie for trying to seal her without knowing her name and Lettie goes to a lot of trouble to find it out. She finally does find out what Ursula's real name is [[spoiler: Skarthach [[spoiler:Skarthach of the Keep]] and is able to make Ursula behave herself more after she figures this out.



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Skarthach's last words: "I never made any of them do anything." A last mental barb at the narrator? Or was a father really willing to [[spoiler: drown his son]] for a pretty smile?

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Skarthach's last words: "I never made any of them do anything." A last mental barb at the narrator? Or was a father really willing to [[spoiler: drown [[spoiler:drown his son]] for a pretty smile?



** References are made to two previous times the Hempstocks had to shoo "fleas" off of Earth, one in Cromwell's time with a creature that looked rather like a giant frog who made people lonely, and one in "Red Rufus's Time" (Red Rufus being [[TheHouseOfNormandy King William II]]) who made people's dreams come true.

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** References are made to two previous times the Hempstocks had to shoo "fleas" off of Earth, one in Cromwell's time with a creature that looked rather like a giant frog who made people lonely, and one in "Red Rufus's Time" (Red Rufus being [[TheHouseOfNormandy [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfNormandy King William II]]) who made people's dreams come true.



* OnePersonBirthdayParty: The narrator suffers one at the beginning of the novel. Inverted in that he doesn't really mind.

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* OnePersonBirthdayParty: The narrator suffers one at the beginning of the novel. Inverted in that he doesn't really mind.mind, because he knows that none of the kids who were invited were really friends, just people he knows, and it means he can spend the rest of the day reading his birthday presents instead of having to be sociable.



* PrimalScene: The narrator witnesses [[spoiler: his father having sex with Ursula Monkton]], though he doesn't understand what he's seeing, being seven years old at the time.
* RealityWarper: Whereas Lettie and Ginnie's powers "merely" seem to work along the lines of those you'd expect from, perhaps, a very powerful witch, Old Mrs. Hempstock seems to be more or less omnipotent. [[spoiler: The eldritch abominations who ''eat'' other eldritch abominations, and are in the middle of the process of ''tearing down our universe in a fit of spite'', stop in their tracks and begin to ''grovel'' when they realize she's angry.]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: All of the Hempstocks are older then they look... much, much older. [[spoiler: Old Mrs. Hempstock is said to remember the Big Bang.]]

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* PrimalScene: The narrator witnesses [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his father having sex with Ursula Monkton]], though he doesn't understand what he's seeing, being seven years old at the time.
* RealityWarper: Whereas Lettie and Ginnie's powers "merely" seem to work along the lines of those you'd expect from, perhaps, a very powerful witch, Old Mrs. Hempstock seems to be more or less omnipotent. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The eldritch abominations who ''eat'' other eldritch abominations, and are in the middle of the process of ''tearing down our universe in a fit of spite'', stop in their tracks and begin to ''grovel'' when they realize she's angry.]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: All of the Hempstocks are older then they look... much, much older. [[spoiler: Old [[spoiler:Old Mrs. Hempstock is said to remember the Big Bang.]]



* SharedUniverse: WordOfGod says that Liza Hempstock from Literature/TheGraveyardBook is related to the Hempstocks in this novel.

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* SharedUniverse: WordOfGod says that Liza Hempstock from Literature/TheGraveyardBook ''Literature/TheGraveyardBook'' is related to the Hempstocks in this novel.


* EasilyForgiven: Subverted; the only reason the narrator and his father get along as adults is because [[spoiler:he keeps forgetting that his father tried to drown him.]] Of course, given [[RealityWarper: Granny's actions, that might not have actually happened]].

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* EasilyForgiven: Subverted; the only reason the narrator and his father get along as adults is because [[spoiler:he keeps forgetting that his father tried to drown him.]] Of course, given [[RealityWarper: [[RealityWarper Granny's actions, actions]], that might not have actually happened]].happened.


* EasilyForgiven: Subverted; the only reason the narrator and his father get along as adults is because [[spoiler:he keeps forgetting that his father tried to drown him.]]

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* EasilyForgiven: Subverted; the only reason the narrator and his father get along as adults is because [[spoiler:he keeps forgetting that his father tried to drown him.]]]] Of course, given [[RealityWarper: Granny's actions, that might not have actually happened]].

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** Almost impossible to notice without a second reading, but the narrator expresses in the first few pages that [[spoiler:he produces art sometimes to fill a hole in him. Turns out this hole is more than a methaphor]].


'''''The Ocean at the End of the Lane''''' is a 2013 dark fantasy book by Creator/NeilGaiman.

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'''''The ''The Ocean at the End of the Lane''''' Lane'' is a 2013 dark fantasy book by Creator/NeilGaiman.

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* EasilyForgiven: Subverted; the only reason the narrator and his father get along as adults is because [[spoiler:he keeps forgetting that his father tried to drown him.]]


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* KarmaHoudini: The narrator's father suffers no repercussions for being abusive, though part of it might have been Ursula's influence. In fact, he and the narrator even mend their relationship as adults!


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* YourCheatingHeart: Ursula Monkton has an affair with the narrator's father. [[spoiler:His sister only realizes as an adult what might have happened.]]


* SharedUniverse: WordOfGod says yes Liza Hempstock from Literature/TheGraveYardBook is related to the Hempstocks in this novel.

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* SharedUniverse: WordOfGod says yes that Liza Hempstock from Literature/TheGraveYardBook Literature/TheGraveyardBook is related to the Hempstocks in this novel.

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* LoopholeAbuse: Ursula Monkton ''tries'' to invoke this when she follows the narrator onto the Hempstocks' property. Lettie orders her to get off her land, to which the "flea" replies she's not technically on her land, as she's floating in the air. Lettie isn't having any of this, though, and chases her off.


* CatsAreMean: Played straight with Monster, the orange tomcat, but averted with the narrator's two black kittens.



* DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu?: [[spoiler: A HumanoidAbomination has sex with the narrator's father]].

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* DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu?: [[spoiler: A [[spoiler:A HumanoidAbomination has sex with the narrator's father]].


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** When the opal miner first arrives at the narrator's house, he runs over the boy's kitten and gives him a tomcat named [[MeaningfulName (appropriately)]] Monster. [[spoiler: He later commits suicide in a car at the edge of the narrator's and Hempstock's property, where the barrier between worlds is thinnest, which attracts the attention of a "flea," which leads to a [[EldritchAbomination literal monster]] getting into the boy's house.]]


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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Nice job letting go of Lettie's hand after being warned not to, kid. Nice job trying to extract the worm in your foot by yourself rather than going to the Hempstocks [[spoiler:causing a piece of it to stay inside you, making you a gateway to its own world, and then flushing the rest of it down the drain so it can appear as Ursula Monkton in your world]].


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* ReplacementGoldfish: [[DefiedTrope Defied]]. The opal miner thinks there's no harm done for accidentally running over a little boy's kitten because he brought a tomcat to replace it. Even ignoring that his tomcat is orange and mean while the kitten was black and sweet, the narrator knows that no cat in the world can truly replace his kitten because it was a unique living being. [[spoiler:Picking the supernatural black kitten from the place with the orange sky makes him feel a little better, but only so much because, while he enjoys its company, he recognizes that it's still a different cat.]]


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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The narrator doesn't bother telling his parents the opal miner ran over his kitten, because he knows they wouldn't care since they'd figure it's just a cat, and they'd figure the opal miner bringing a new cat to replace it is a fair trade anyway.
* YouWontFeelAThing: Old Mrs. Hempstock tells the narrator it won't hurt a bit as she pulls out a long needle, preparing to extract the last piece of worm in his foot. The narrator naturally doesn't believe her (as he knows that's what grown-ups always say before something hurts a lot), but is [[SubvertedTrope pleasantly]] surprised when it really doesn't hurt a bit.


* BlondesAreEvil: Ursula Monkton is stated as having short blonde hair.


* ChekhovsGun: The pond, the kitten.

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* ChekhovsGun: The pond, the kitten.kitten [[spoiler: which was named Ocean]].

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