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* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Noel's solution to the family's cash flow problem is to find and marry a princess. On an outing to Blackheath he does exactly that.


* ValuesDissonance - See FreeRangeChildren above. Also grown men cadging kisses from prepubescent girls doesn't seem at all innocent and loveable behavior today.



* ShoutOut: There's a scene in which the children attempt to act out part of ''Literature/TheJungleBook''. It's worth noting that ''The Wouldbegoods'' was published just five years after ''The Jungle Book''.

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* ShoutOut: There's a scene in which the children attempt to act out part of ''Literature/TheJungleBook''. It's worth noting that ''The Wouldbegoods'' was published just five years after ''The Jungle Book''.

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* DeadpanSnarker: The Reverend Mr. Ashleigh, brother of Albert's Uncle's Long-Lost, is oh so much this. The children don't quite know how to take it.

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* WrongGenreSavvy - The Bastables have read all the right kind of books - and imagine real life is like every one of them.

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* TeamMom - Dora tries to be this to her siblings, it seems to work with Alice and the younger boys but Oswald is resistant.


* PromotedToParent - The Bastables' dying mother asked Dora to 'take care' of her younger siblings. She does her best but she's only a child herself and nobody listens to her anyway. This becomes a plot point.

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* PromotedToParent - The Bastables' dying mother asked Dora to 'take care' of her younger siblings. She does her best but she's only a child herself and nobody listens to her anyway. This becomes a plot point.point in the chapter where the children try to earn money by selling wine.


* BlanketFort - The Bastables build themselves one of these the day they Oswald, Dickie and Alice decide to be detectives.

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* BlanketFort - The Bastables build themselves one of these the day they Oswald, Dickie and Alice decide to be detectives.


* The Twins; tomboy Ann and sickly Noel

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* The Twins; tomboy Ann Alice and sickly Noel



* BlanketFort - The Bastables build themselves one of these the day they Oswald, Dickie and Ann decide to be detectives.

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* BlanketFort - The Bastables build themselves one of these the day they Oswald, Dickie and Ann Alice decide to be detectives.



* CowboysAndIndians - The Bastables' version is to play highwaymen. They take Albert-Next-Door prisoner and hold him for ransome.

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* CowboysAndIndians - The Bastables' version is to play highwaymen. They take Albert-Next-Door prisoner and hold him for ransome.ransom.



* SiblingYinYang - The twins Ann and Noel couldn't be more different; she's a tomboy accepted as an equal by Oswald and Dickie but Noel is considered on of the 'little kids' being dreamy and rather sickly. Dora and Oswald, the two eldest, are a bit like this too; her all responsible and concerned about consequences and him impulsive and adventurous.
* SnoopingLittleKid - Ann, Dickie and especially Oswald get into terrible trouble when they play detective investigating the odd lights in the supposedly empty house next door.

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* SiblingYinYang - The twins Ann Alice and Noel couldn't be more different; she's a tomboy accepted as an equal by Oswald and Dickie but Noel is considered on of the 'little kids' being dreamy and rather sickly. Dora and Oswald, the two eldest, are a bit like this too; her all responsible and concerned about consequences and him impulsive and adventurous.
* SnoopingLittleKid - Ann, Alice, Dickie and especially Oswald get into terrible trouble when they play detective investigating the odd lights in the supposedly empty house next door.



* UntoUsASonAndDaughterAreBorn - Noel and Ann are twins.

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* UntoUsASonAndDaughterAreBorn - Alice and Noel and Ann are twins.

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There are two sequels: ''The Wouldbegoods'' in which the well meaning Bastables wreck havoc trying to do good deeds; and ''The New Treasure Seekers'' in which they try various means to get money for the kindly and - they think - very poor lady they are staying with. As usual things never turn out as expected.


* BlanketFort - The Bastables build themselves one of these the day they decide to dig for treasure in the garden.

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* BlanketFort - The Bastables build themselves one of these the day they Oswald, Dickie and Ann decide to dig for treasure in the garden.be detectives.



* SnoopingLittleKid - The Bastables get into terrible trouble doing this.

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* SnoopingLittleKid - The Bastables Ann, Dickie and especially Oswald get into terrible trouble doing this.when they play detective investigating the odd lights in the supposedly empty house next door.


The Bastables are a family of five; Dora, Oswald, Dickie, Ann, Noel, and Horace Octavius, the last understandably known to his siblings as H.O. they live in a semi-detached on the Lewisham road - a suburb of London - with their father. Their mother died just a year or so ago and things have gone very wrong with their father's business and they have no money so the children decide to go treasure hunting to repair the fortunes of The House of Bastable. HilarityEnsues

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The Bastables are a family of five; Dora, Oswald, Dickie, Ann, Noel, six;
* Dora Bastable, the 'good big sister'.
* Oswald Bastable, the oldest boy and 'head of the family' in his father's absence.
* Dickie Bastable, Oswald's loyal shadow.
* The Twins; tomboy Ann and sickly Noel
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and Horace Octavius, the last Octavius Bastable, understandably known to his siblings as H.O. they
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live in a semi-detached on the Lewisham road - a suburb of London - with their father. Their mother died just a year or so ago and things have gone very wrong with their father's business and they have no money so the children decide to go treasure hunting to repair the fortunes of The House of Bastable. HilarityEnsues


''The Treasure Seekers'' is a juvenile by Creator/ENesbit.

The Bastables are a family of five; Dora, Oswald, Dickie, Ann, Noel, and Horace Octavius, the last understandably known to his siblings as H.O. they live in a semi-detached on the Lewisham road - a suburb of London - with their father. Their mother died just a year or so ago and things have gone very wrong with their father's business and they have no money so the children decide to go treasure hunting to repair the fortunes of The House of Bastable. HilarityEnsues
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''The Treasure Seekers'' is a juvenile by Creator/ENesbit.

The Bastables are a family of five; Dora, Oswald, Dickie, Ann, Noel, and Horace Octavius, the last understandably known to his siblings as H.O. they live in a semi-detached on the Lewisham road - a suburb of London - with their father. Their mother died just a year or so ago and things have gone very wrong with their father's business and they have no money so the children decide to go treasure hunting to repair the fortunes of The House of Bastable. HilarityEnsues
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HilarityEnsues
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* UnreliableNarrator

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* UnreliableNarratorUnreliableNarrator - The story is narrated by one of the children, who, apart from attempting to shade things to present himself in a better light, frequently misunderstands the situations the children find themselves in.


* TheAllConcealingI - Attempted by the narrator, not very effectively; the narrator is a child and is only concealing their identity as a game for the reader.



* AuthorAvatar - In-universe; when the kids are alternating chapters of a serial story, Noel names the hero "Noeloninuris". When Oswald gets a chapter, he [[RetCon retcons]] the name to "Osrawalddo".



* NarratorAllAlong - PlayedForLaughs. The narrator keeps praising one of the main characters as being so clever and brave, and how it isn't his fault when things go wrong. Then the narrator begins forgetting to use the grammatical third person...
* NurseWithGoodIntentions - The kids decide they want to invent medicine. So they try goofing around in the cold until one of them gets sick. Eventually, one of them does and they try to give him all sorts of medicines... but none work and he just gets worse. Needless to say, the adult who discovers this mess is not amused.



* ValuesDissonance: See FreeRangeChildren above. Also grown men cadging kisses from prepubescent girls doesn't seem at all innocent and loveable behavior today.

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* ValuesDissonance: ValuesDissonance - See FreeRangeChildren above. Also grown men cadging kisses from prepubescent girls doesn't seem at all innocent and loveable behavior today.



* ZanyScheme - ''ALL'' the ways the Bastables try to get treasure count as this.

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* ZanyScheme - ''ALL'' the ways the Bastables try to get treasure count as this.this.

!!''The Wouldbegoods: Being the Further Adventures of the Treasure Seekers'' provides examples of:
* RelativeError: Lampshaded by the narrator.
-->He might have known it was her brother, because in rotten grown-up books if a girl kisses a man in a shrubbery that is not the man you think she's in love with; it always turns out to be a brother.
* ShoutOut: There's a scene in which the children attempt to act out part of ''Literature/TheJungleBook''. It's worth noting that ''The Wouldbegoods'' was published just five years after ''The Jungle Book''.

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* FamilyHonor - Oswald especially often goes on about the 'honour' of the House of Bastable.

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