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* MasterOfThreads: Irene's grandmother creates a magical thread to guide her.


* AllJustADream: When Lootie doesn't believe her story, Irene wonders if she dreamed her first meeting with her great grandmother. Her grandmother implies it is this doubt which kept Irene from finding her so easily for a second time. Curdie also dreams (he thinks) about Irene's grandmother healing him, which is implied to have actually happened.



* JustADream: When Lootie doesn't believe her story, Irene wonders if she dreamed her first meeting with her great grandmother. Her grandmother implies it is this doubt which kept Irene from finding her so easily for a second time. Curdie also dreams (he thinks) about Irene's grandmother healing him, which is implied to have actually happened.

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* HonoraryPrincess: In spirit the narrator likens Curdie to a prince in that he feels bad for accusing Irene of playing a trick on him, and says that a true prince or princess will always recognise when they have done wrong by somebody and seek to make it right again.


* WasItAllADream?: When Lootie doesn't believe her story, Irene wonders if she dreamed her first meeting with her great grandmother. Her grandmother implies it is this doubt which kept Irene from finding her so easily for a second time. Curdie also dreams (he thinks) about Irene's grandmother healing him, which is implied to have actually happened.

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* WasItAllADream?: JustADream: When Lootie doesn't believe her story, Irene wonders if she dreamed her first meeting with her great grandmother. Her grandmother implies it is this doubt which kept Irene from finding her so easily for a second time. Curdie also dreams (he thinks) about Irene's grandmother healing him, which is implied to have actually happened.


* WiseBeyondTheirYears: The narrator describes Irene as a 'true princess' and acting like it by learning from her actions, behaving humbly and kindly to people and honouring her debts. Even when very frightened, she tries to act sensibly. One example is when she first makes her way up the stairs to her grandmother's and loses her way, becomes frightened and starts to cry, but then calms down and tries to work to find her way back by retracing her steps and looking for a staircase to go back down.

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* WiseBeyondTheirYears: The narrator describes Irene as a 'true princess' and acting like it by learning from her actions, behaving humbly and kindly to people and honouring her debts. Even when very frightened, she tries to act sensibly. One example is when she first makes Many times the eight-year-old princess comes across as wiser than her way up the stairs to her grandmother's and loses her way, becomes frightened and starts to cry, but then calms down and tries to work to find her way back by retracing her steps and looking for a staircase to go back down.grown nurse, Lootie.


* WasItAllADream: When Lootie doesn't believe her story, Irene wonders if she dreamed her first meeting with her great grandmother. Her grandmother implies it is this doubt which kept Irene from finding her so easily for a second time.

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* WasItAllADream: WasItAllADream?: When Lootie doesn't believe her story, Irene wonders if she dreamed her first meeting with her great grandmother. Her grandmother implies it is this doubt which kept Irene from finding her so easily for a second time. Curdie also dreams (he thinks) about Irene's grandmother healing him, which is implied to have actually happened.


* WasItAllADream: Irene wonders this about her first meeting with her great grandmother and then during her second visit to her tower. Her grandmother implies it is this doubt which kept Irene from finding her as quickly.

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* WasItAllADream: When Lootie doesn't believe her story, Irene wonders this about if she dreamed her first meeting with her great grandmother and then during her second visit to her tower. grandmother. Her grandmother implies it is this doubt which kept Irene from finding her as quickly.so easily for a second time.


* WasItAllADream: Irene briefly wonders this about her first meeting with her great grandmother but soon accepts it was real.

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* WasItAllADream: Irene briefly wonders this about her first meeting with her great grandmother but soon accepts and then during her second visit to her tower. Her grandmother implies it was real.is this doubt which kept Irene from finding her as quickly.

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* WasItAllADream: Irene briefly wonders this about her first meeting with her great grandmother but soon accepts it was real.


* BigGood: Irene's grandmother, who seems aware of everything that goes on on the mountain and even of what will happen in the future. When the king sees Irene wearing a ring that she gave her, he is assured enough of her safety that he allows her to stay on the mountain, even after a close encounter with a goblin animal.

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* BigGood: Irene's grandmother, who seems aware of everything that goes on on the mountain and even of what will happen in the future. When the king sees Irene wearing a ring that she her grandmother gave her, he is assured enough of her safety that he allows her to stay on the mountain, even after a close encounter with a goblin animal.


* AmbiguouslyHuman: Irene is only aware that her great-great-grandmother is old by the agedness in her eyes. Her grandmother clarifies that she is more than a hundred. Later, Curdie's mother suggests that there is some blood other than human in the royal family.

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* AmbiguouslyHuman: Irene is only aware that her great-great-grandmother is old by the agedness in her eyes. Her grandmother clarifies that she is more than a hundred.hundred but changes her appearance to that of a younger woman later in the book. Later, Curdie's mother suggests that there is some blood other than human in the royal family.


* DeathByChildbirth: Irene's mother. Also, Harelip's human mother.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Surprisingly, for the goblin king and his first wife, despite the opinion of the goblins that he's better off with one of his own kind.
--> '''Helfer:''' Did she die very soon? They didn't tease her to death, did they?
--> '''Goblin Mother:''' Oh, dear, no! The king worshipped her very footmarks.



* HalfHumanHybrid: Harelip, whose mother was a 'sun-woman.' Possibly also his stepmother, the second goblin queen, since they are both have toes, though this is never suggested in the book.



* IGaveMyWord: Irene explains to her father about her promise and finally fulfills it.

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* IGaveMyWord: Irene explains to her father about her promise and finally fulfills fulfils it.



* WiseBeyondTheirYears: The narrator describes Irene as a 'true princess' and acting like it by learning from her actions, behaving humbly and kindly to people and honouring her debts. However Irene is still a young child. One example is when she first makes her way up the stairs to her grandmother's and loses her way, becomes frightened and starts to cry, but then calms down and tries to work to find her way back by retracing her steps and looking for a staircase to go back down.

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* WiseBeyondTheirYears: The narrator describes Irene as a 'true princess' and acting like it by learning from her actions, behaving humbly and kindly to people and honouring her debts. However Irene is still a young child.Even when very frightened, she tries to act sensibly. One example is when she first makes her way up the stairs to her grandmother's and loses her way, becomes frightened and starts to cry, but then calms down and tries to work to find her way back by retracing her steps and looking for a staircase to go back down.

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* WiseBeyondTheirYears: The narrator describes Irene as a 'true princess' and acting like it by learning from her actions, behaving humbly and kindly to people and honouring her debts. However Irene is still a young child. One example is when she first makes her way up the stairs to her grandmother's and loses her way, becomes frightened and starts to cry, but then calms down and tries to work to find her way back by retracing her steps and looking for a staircase to go back down.

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* AmbiguouslyHuman: Irene is only aware that her great-great-grandmother is old by the agedness in her eyes. Her grandmother clarifies that she is more than a hundred. Later, Curdie's mother suggests that there is some blood other than human in the royal family.
--> '''Curdie's Mother:''' I may as well mention that, according to old whispers, there is something more than common about the king's family; and the queen was of the same blood, for they were cousins of some degree. There were strange stories told concerning them all good stories but strange, very strange.


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* BigGood: Irene's grandmother, who seems aware of everything that goes on on the mountain and even of what will happen in the future. When the king sees Irene wearing a ring that she gave her, he is assured enough of her safety that he allows her to stay on the mountain, even after a close encounter with a goblin animal.

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* PrincessProtagonist: Lampshaded in the opening, where the narrator is interrupted to discuss why he uses princess heroines so often.

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