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* AnachronismStew: Most of the engines in the film adaptations are post-1905.

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* EverybodyCries: In the book, when Mother finds out how the children asked the Old Gentleman for the hamper, she is at first very angry, then she cries, and so do the children; and it all became a huge crying party.

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* SneakersOfSneaking: The station master wears an old pair of sand shoes which he had worn at the seaside, to lie in wait for Peter stealing coal.


* ShhhoesOfStealth: The station master wears an old pair of sandshoes he had worn at the seaside last year, to lie in wait for Peter stealing coal.

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* ShhhoesOfStealth: The station master wears an old pair of sandshoes he had worn at the seaside last year, to lie in wait for Peter stealing coal.

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* OminousWalk: When Ruth falls victim to a booby trap of a bucket of water balanced on a door, she walks slowly towards the children, accompanied by a crescendo of scary music, before eventually raising her hand to slap Peter.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: In an age where petticoats themselves are a novelty, modern readers might not understand why ''red'' petticoats were such a big deal. Red flannel petticoats (as opposed to white lawn or cotton ones) were considered a sign of poverty.


* DeliberateValuesDissonance: There's a bit of a CultureClash between the Waterburys and the country people. Mrs Viney leaves the key under the mat because that's what everyone does and she has no reason to believe the Waterburys wouldn't know. The children also get presents for Perks's birthday, not thinking he'd see it as charity.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: There's a bit of a CultureClash between the Waterburys and the country people. Mrs Viney leaves the key under the mat because that's what everyone does and she has no reason to believe the Waterburys wouldn't know. The children also get presents for Perks's Perks' birthday, not thinking he'd see it as charity.charity.
* DeusExMachina: The Old Gentleman, who is influential enough to help secure their father's release. His name is not given, but it's strongly implied that he is the Prime Minister.


Adapted for stage and screen a number of times; the most recent stage version is currently running at a new purpose built theatre at King's Cross Station in London and features an actual steam locomotive.

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Adapted for stage and screen a number of times; the most recent times. The stage version is currently running performed at a new purpose built purpose-built theatre at King's Cross Station in London and features in 2015 featured an actual steam locomotive.
locomotive.

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* IntimateHairBrushing: A rare PetTheDog moment for Ruth the maid is when she's shown brushing Phyllis's hair before bed.


* NewJobAsThePlotDemands: Through the course of the story Mother works as a writer, translator, teacher and nurse. All without leaving Three Chimneys. Justified in that she's trying to support her family.



* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Through the course of the story Mother works as a writer, translator, teacher and nurse. All without leaving Three Chimneys. Justified in that she's trying to support her family.

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* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Through the course of the story Mother works as a writer, translator, teacher and nurse. All without leaving Three Chimneys. Justified in that she's trying to support her family.



* {{Bowdlerization}}: When the film appears on TV, some scenes have been edited out including the children kissing Aunt Emma, Peter stealing the coal and Perks and his wife in bed.

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* {{Bowdlerization}}: {{Bowdlerise}}: When the film appears on TV, some scenes have been edited out including the children kissing Aunt Emma, Peter stealing the coal and Perks and his wife in bed.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Bobbie gets a few dry lines once in a while.



* MostWritersAreWriters: Mother is a writer and she sells stories to make extra cash.

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* MostWritersAreWriters: Mother is a writer and she sells stories to make extra cash. At one point, there's a TakeThat when it's mentioned that the editors aren't always "sensible" and sometimes don't publish her stories. [[SarcasmMode Which is surely not a jab at her own editors.]]



* UnreliableNarrator: Not entirely "unreliable," but several things which are clear to an adult reader are just skipped over or ignored by the children. Justified since they are, well, children.



* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Through the course of the story Mother works as a writer, translator, teacher and nurse. All without leaving Three Chimneys.

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* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Through the course of the story Mother works as a writer, translator, teacher and nurse. All without leaving Three Chimneys. Justified in that she's trying to support her family.

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** Bobbie does the same after learning of her father's fate, not sharing the news with her siblings.

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Old Gentleman.

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