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* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Asenath and Edward, with the former the stronger and more assertive personality who dominates their marriage.

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* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Asenath and Edward, with the former the stronger and more assertive personality who dominates their marriage. [[spoiler:Subverted, in that "she" is actually a male spirit possessing the body of a woman.]]



* OffingTheOffspring: Ephraim [[spoiler: killing Asenath]] in some manner. His thoughts on her, as read by Derby, [[DeliberateValuesDissonance are always spiteful]] -- for not being a man and fully human, as he desired.
* OurLichesAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Derby refers to Ephraim as a lich.]]
* SplitPersonality: Derby seems to exhibit this after marrying Asenath. [[spoiler: It turns out be because Ephraim is swapping bodies with him.]]

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* OffingTheOffspring: Ephraim [[spoiler: killing [[spoiler:killing Asenath]] in some manner. His thoughts on her, as read by Derby, [[DeliberateValuesDissonance are always spiteful]] -- for not being a man and fully human, as he desired.
* OurLichesAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Derby [[spoiler:Derby refers to Ephraim as a lich.]]
* SplitPersonality: Derby seems to exhibit this after marrying Asenath. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out be because Ephraim is swapping bodies with him.]]


* {{Expy}}: There are enough similarities between the Waite family and the Marsh family from Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth to argue that this story may have originally been intended as a prequel.

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* {{Expy}}: There are enough similarities between the Waite family and the Marsh family from Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'' to argue that this story may have originally been intended as a prequel.



* FemaleMisogynist: Asenath seems to be one; she expresses anger over being born a woman since she believes that the male brain has "certain unique and far-reaching cosmic powers". [[spoiler:But as it turns out, she's not really a woman, but a man in a woman's body, and no, we don't mean in a transgender sense]].

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* FemaleMisogynist: Asenath seems to be one; she expresses anger over being born a woman since she believes that the male brain has "certain unique and far-reaching cosmic powers". [[spoiler:But as [[spoiler:As it turns out, she's not really a woman, but out "she" is a man in possessing a woman's body, body and no, we don't mean in expressing a transgender sense]].particularly hateful form of GenderBenderAngst.]]

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* BodySurf: [[spoiler: Most of the story's present setting Ephraim already spends possessing Asenath's body. And ''then'' he uses her body as the staging point to jump to Derby's at will. Even Upton feels threatened by the end that maybe he'll be next.]]

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: It's obviously a huge red flag when Derby starts acting confident and assertive, even driving himself out into the countryside, when normally he's a weak, soft, ineffectual MommasBoy who doesn't even know how to drive. Naturally, it turns out [[spoiler:Asenath—or, more strictly speaking, ''Ephraim'' in Asenath's body—has been possessing him]].


* HowWeGotHere: The whole story is Upton explaining why he shot his friend.

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* HowWeGotHere: The whole story is Upton explaining why he shot his friend. Recalls "The Statement of Randolph Carter".

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* EvilOldFolks: Ephraim was already pretty aged when he "died", [[spoiler:or actually, inserted his mind into his daughter's body, and forced her original mind into his dying body]].


* LovecraftCountry: Arkham, of course, and nearby Innsmouth, where the Waites hail from.

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* LovecraftCountry: Arkham, of course, and nearby Innsmouth, where the Waites hail from. Sometimes [[spoiler:Ephraim-in-Asenath-in-]]Ed makes car trips up to as far as Maine, where he joins cult rituals there, and often [[spoiler:his real personality]] wakes up abandoned up there, suddenly unable to drive himself back.


* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Derby ends his days mentally trapped inside Asenath's rotting corpse, which he'd buried in a cellar the last time he was in his own human body. At least he manages to claw his way out, but by then he's done for, not going to last for much longer inside a literally dead, Innsmouth fishwoman's body.]]

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* AndIMustScream: AndIMustScream:
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[[spoiler:Derby ends his days mentally trapped inside Asenath's rotting corpse, which he'd beaten to death and buried in a cellar the last time he was in his own human body. At least he manages to claw his way out, but by then he's done for, not going to last for much longer inside a literally dead, Innsmouth fishwoman's body.]]]]
** The ''original'' Asenath, whose actual personality is never featured in-story, is implied to have died like this, trapped in ''her own father's actual, dying body'' while his consciousness jumped into hers, especially as it's reported that "Ephraim" died mysteriously raving in his bed.


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* LovecraftCountry: Arkham, of course, and nearby Innsmouth, where the Waites hail from.

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* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Derby ends his days mentally trapped inside Asenath's rotting corpse, which he'd buried in a cellar the last time he was in his own human body. At least he manages to claw his way out, but by then he's done for, not going to last for much longer inside a literally dead, Innsmouth fishwoman's body.]]


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* TheNarrator: Derby's best friend Daniel Upton, who has a full name, unlike many of HPL's earlier unnamed narrators.


* FemaleMisogynist: Asenath seems to be one; she expresses anger over being born a woman since she believes that the male brain has "certain unique and far-reaching cosmic powers". [[spoiler:But as it turns out, she's not really a woman, but a man in a woman's body]].

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* FemaleMisogynist: Asenath seems to be one; she expresses anger over being born a woman since she believes that the male brain has "certain unique and far-reaching cosmic powers". [[spoiler:But as it turns out, she's not really a woman, but a man in a woman's body]].body, and no, we don't mean in a transgender sense]].


* DissonantSerenity: The story starts off with Upton explaining, perfectly calmly and cordially, explaining how he put a bullet in his best friend's skull.

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* DissonantSerenity: The story starts off with Upton explaining, perfectly calmly and cordially, explaining how he put a bullet in his best friend's skull. In a shout-out to Literature/TheTellTaleHeart, it doesn't last, and by the end he is shouting about how the body needs to be cremated and how his own will is not weak like Derby's, that he will not be sucked into that bullet-riddled corpse.

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* DissonantSerenity: The story starts off with Upton explaining, perfectly calmly and cordially, explaining how he put a bullet in his best friend's skull.

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