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** The local language Lingala is tonal and has multiple meanings for most words. While the girls quickly catch on, Nathan is too arrogant to realize his ignorance and spends week after week proudly declaring that Jesus is a poisonwood tree (although to be fair to him, it never occurs to his wife or daughters to actually inform him of things like this for some reason).

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** The local language Lingala is tonal and has multiple meanings for most words. While the girls quickly catch on, Nathan is too arrogant to realize his ignorance and spends week after week proudly declaring that Jesus is a poisonwood tree (although to be fair to him, it never occurs to his wife or daughters to actually inform him of things like this for some reason).tree.


* StrawmanHasAPoint: Nathan's frequent "I fail to understand why nobody informed me that [X]" complaints are meant to characterize him as a stubborn fool who refuses to aknowledge the need to adapt, but he's right. His wife and daughters spend a lot of narration remarking ''that'' his ways are uneffective at best and counterproductive at worst due to various factors he's seemingly unaware of (such as the MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels entries above), but it never occurs to any of them to try and, you know, ''actually inform him'' of these factors.


* StrawmanHasAPoint: Nathan's frequent "I fail to understand why nobody informed me that [X]" complaints are meant to characterize him as a stubborn fool who refuses to aknowledge the need to adapt, but he's right. His wife and daughters spend a lot of narration remarking ''that'' his ways are uneffective at best and counterproductive at worst due to various factors he's seemingly unaware of (such as the MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels entries above), but it never occurs to any of them to try and, you known, ''actually inform him'' of these factors.

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* StrawmanHasAPoint: Nathan's frequent "I fail to understand why nobody informed me that [X]" complaints are meant to characterize him as a stubborn fool who refuses to aknowledge the need to adapt, but he's right. His wife and daughters spend a lot of narration remarking ''that'' his ways are uneffective at best and counterproductive at worst due to various factors he's seemingly unaware of (such as the MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels entries above), but it never occurs to any of them to try and, you known, know, ''actually inform him'' of these factors.


* StrawmanHasAPoint: Nathan's frequent "I fail to understand why nobody informed me that [X]" complaints are meant to characterize him as a stubborn fool who refuses to aknowledge the need to adapt, but he's right. His wife and daughters spend a lot of narration remarking ''that'' his ways are uneffective at best and counterproductive at worst due to various factors he's seemingly unaware of (such as the MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels entries below), but it never occurs to any of them to try and, you known, ''actually inform him'' of these factors.

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* StrawmanHasAPoint: Nathan's frequent "I fail to understand why nobody informed me that [X]" complaints are meant to characterize him as a stubborn fool who refuses to aknowledge the need to adapt, but he's right. His wife and daughters spend a lot of narration remarking ''that'' his ways are uneffective at best and counterproductive at worst due to various factors he's seemingly unaware of (such as the MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels entries below), above), but it never occurs to any of them to try and, you known, ''actually inform him'' of these factors.


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* AesopAmnesia / IgnoredEpiphany: Rachel, all the time.

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\n* AesopAmnesia / IgnoredEpiphany: %%* AesopAmnesia[=/=]IgnoredEpiphany: Rachel, all the time.



* AmoralAfrikaner: Eeben Axelroot.

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* %%* AmoralAfrikaner: Eeben Axelroot.



* BrainyBrunette: The twins.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Rachel.

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* %%* BrainyBrunette: The twins.
* %%* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Rachel.



* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:Nathan]]

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* %%* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:Nathan]]



* DumbBlonde[=/=]TheDitz: Rachel
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: At times.

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* %%* DumbBlonde[=/=]TheDitz: Rachel
* %%* EverythingTryingToKillYou: At times.



* FishOutOfWater: The premise of the story.

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* %%* FishOutOfWater: The premise of the story.



* TheFundamentalist: Nathan Price. [[spoiler: Also, Tata Kuvudundu.]]
* FunWithPalindromes: Lots of these in Adah's early narrations.

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* %%* TheFundamentalist: Nathan Price. [[spoiler: Also, Tata Kuvudundu.]]
* %%* FunWithPalindromes: Lots of these in Adah's early narrations.



* {{Jerkass}}: ''Nathan''. Eeben Axelroot.

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* %%* {{Jerkass}}: ''Nathan''. Eeben Axelroot.



* LittleMissSnarker: Adah.
* {{Malaproper}}: Rachel, UpToEleven.

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* %%* LittleMissSnarker: Adah.
* %%* {{Malaproper}}: Rachel, UpToEleven.



* TheMissionary: Nathan Price and Fyntan Fowles.

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* %%* TheMissionary: Nathan Price and Fyntan Fowles.



* SwitchingPOV: Between the women.

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* %%* SwitchingPOV: Between the women.



* TitleDrop: At the end of Adah's final narration.

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* TitleDrop: At One occurs at the end of Adah's final narration.



* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: A lot of the tension between Rachel and Leah later in the book.

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* %%* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: A lot of the tension between Rachel and Leah later in the book.


* JerkassHasAPoint: Nathan's frequent "I fail to understand why nobody informed me that [X]" complaints are meant to characterize him as a stubborn fool who refuses to aknowledge the need to adapt, but he's right. His wife and daughters spend a lot of narration remarking ''that'' his ways are uneffective at best and counterproductive at worst due to various factors he's seemingly unaware of (such as the MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels entries below), but it never occurs to any of them to try and, you known, ''actually inform him'' of these factors.


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* StrawmanHasAPoint: Nathan's frequent "I fail to understand why nobody informed me that [X]" complaints are meant to characterize him as a stubborn fool who refuses to aknowledge the need to adapt, but he's right. His wife and daughters spend a lot of narration remarking ''that'' his ways are uneffective at best and counterproductive at worst due to various factors he's seemingly unaware of (such as the MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels entries below), but it never occurs to any of them to try and, you known, ''actually inform him'' of these factors.


* JerkassHasAPoint: Nathan's frequent "I fail to understand why nobody informed me that [X]" complaints are meant to characterize him as a stubborn fool who refuses to aknowledge the need to adapt, but he's right. His wife and daughters spend a lot of narration remarking ''that'' his ways are uneffective at best and counterproductive at worst due to various factors he's seemingly unaware of (such as the language of the locals being such that using the wrong tone or inflection can completely change the definition of a word, such that you might potentially accidentally state that David raised his sword and defiled Goliath's virginity when one meant to say that he raised his sword and decapitated the man), but it never occurs to any of them to try and, you known, ''actually inform him'' of these factors.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Nathan's frequent "I fail to understand why nobody informed me that [X]" complaints are meant to characterize him as a stubborn fool who refuses to aknowledge the need to adapt, but he's right. His wife and daughters spend a lot of narration remarking ''that'' his ways are uneffective at best and counterproductive at worst due to various factors he's seemingly unaware of (such as the language of the locals being such that using the wrong tone or inflection can completely change the definition of a word, such that you might potentially accidentally state that David raised his sword and defiled Goliath's virginity when one meant to say that he raised his sword and decapitated the man), MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels entries below), but it never occurs to any of them to try and, you known, ''actually inform him'' of these factors.


** The local language Lingala is tonal and has multiple meanings for most words. While the girls quickly catch on, Nathan is too arrogant to realize his ignorance and spends week after week proudly declaring that Jesus is a poisonwood tree.

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** The local language Lingala is tonal and has multiple meanings for most words. While the girls quickly catch on, Nathan is too arrogant to realize his ignorance and spends week after week proudly declaring that Jesus is a poisonwood tree.tree (although to be fair to him, it never occurs to his wife or daughters to actually inform him of things like this for some reason).

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Nathan's frequent "I fail to understand why nobody informed me that [X]" complaints are meant to characterize him as a stubborn fool who refuses to aknowledge the need to adapt, but he's right. His wife and daughters spend a lot of narration remarking ''that'' his ways are uneffective at best and counterproductive at worst due to various factors he's seemingly unaware of (such as the language of the locals being such that using the wrong tone or inflection can completely change the definition of a word, such that you might potentially accidentally state that David raised his sword and defiled Goliath's virginity when one meant to say that he raised his sword and decapitated the man), but it never occurs to any of them to try and, you known, ''actually inform him'' of these factors.

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** Although to be fair, the scene in question is written such that if one is unaware of that old belief before reading (to be clear about the belief in question, The Bible has a scene where Ham, one of Noah's sons, makes fun of him for being drunk, so Noah [[DisproportionateRetribution curses him]] [[SinsOfOurFathers and all his descendants]] [[ValuesDissonance to forever serve the descendants of Noah's other sons]], so many pre-civil-war white slaveowners tried to justify their black slaves by claiming that people of African descent are the descendants of Ham), it can come across as an attempt at a tragic ''explanation'' of Black slavery rather than a hateful attempt at ''justifying'' it.


* BecauseYouCanCope: The twins always thought this was the reason that Orleanna took Adah back with her instead of Leah. Subverted when Orleanna tells Adah the real reason: [[spoiler: after Ruth May died, Adah was the youngest, and so Orleanna needed her most.]]

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* BecauseYouCanCope: The twins always thought this was the reason that Orleanna took Adah back with her instead of Leah. Subverted when Orleanna tells Adah the real reason: [[spoiler: after Ruth May died, Adah was the youngest, and so Orleanna needed her most.]] [[{{Foreshadowing}} Adah knows this is the truth, because]] [[spoiler: during the ant attack Orleanna made the conscious decision to save Ruth May and leave Adah behind.]]


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* RedHerring: [[spoiler: By the second book, Orleanna's narration makes clear she lost one of her children in the Congo, whom she refers to as 'her little monster'. Dark, twisted Adah refers to herself as a monster, and has tensely described scrapes with a lion and then a massive swarm of ants. She survives, of course.]]


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* TheSwarm: A drought forces a massive swarm of army ants into their village, devouring everything in their path. There is absolutely nothing anyone can do except run for the river, the crocodiles being less dangerous than the ants.


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* WitchDoctor: Tata Kuvudundu, the village's six-toed competitor in matters of the spirit to Nathan. His rage at what he regards as Nathan, Anatole and Leah's subversion of the natural laws leads him to [[spoiler: plant the snake that kills Ruth May.]]


* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything

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* %%* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything


* FinaglesLaw

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* HopeSpot

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* PrecisionFStrike

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* %%* PrecisionFStrike



* RuleOfSymbolism

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* %%* RuleOfSymbolism


* {{Homage}}: More than a few critics of the novel have noticed its similarities to ''LittleWomen''. Kingsolver asserts in interviews, though, that her novel is not meant to be a deliberate re-working of Alcott's novel.

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* {{Homage}}: More than a few critics of the novel have noticed its similarities to ''LittleWomen''.''Literature/LittleWomen''. Kingsolver asserts in interviews, though, that her novel is not meant to be a deliberate re-working of Alcott's novel.

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