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* HumansAreBastards: J. W. Wells & Co's most popular item is the penny curse. They have sold exactly one blessing, which was returned.


* FunetikAksent: A chorus of country bumpkins is helpfully indicated this way. "Eh, but oi du loike you!" Then they affect TheQueensEnglish when they're a little more wakeful.

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* FunetikAksent: A chorus of country bumpkins is helpfully indicated this way. "Eh, but oi du loike you!" Then they affect TheQueensEnglish the Queen's English when they're a little more wakeful.


* HesitantSacrifice: Wells explains to the community that at either he or Alexis must die, followed by "I would rather it were you."

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* HesitantSacrifice: Wells explains to the community that at either he or Alexis must die, followed by "I would rather it were you."" Parodied; he's not all that fussed, it's only that he doesn't want to leave his shop short-handed when they're expecting a busy week soon.


* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Alexis Pointidexter.
* {{Curse}}: The most popular item sold at Wells' magic shop is the Penny Curse.



* DesignatedVillain: John Wellington Wells is designated as the villain InUniverse. When Wells says that the only way for his spell to be reversed is for either himself or Alexis to sacrifice his life, Alexis, whose fault it all is, volunteers -- but Aline protests, so the villagers vote on who should die and unanimously choose Mr. Wells. Justified because Alexis is a parody of the [[TenorBoy stock romantic lead]] and therefore the DesignatedHero.

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* DesignatedVillain: John Wellington Wells is designated as the villain InUniverse. When Wells says that the only way for his spell to be reversed is for either himself or Alexis to sacrifice his life, Alexis, whose fault it all is, volunteers -- but Aline protests, so the villagers vote on who should die and unanimously choose Mr. Wells. [[note]]Though some performances have Lady Sangazure (who loves Wells because of the potion) dissenting from the otherwise unanimous decision.[[/note]] Justified because Alexis is a parody of the [[TenorBoy stock romantic lead]] and therefore the DesignatedHero.



* EveryoneMustBePaired: Everyone's paired off at the end; the pairings are supposedly the ones that existed before the love potion caused everyone to pair up randomly, but they were too shy to admit to them before.

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* EveryoneMustBePaired: Everyone's paired off at the end; the pairings are supposedly the ones that existed before the love potion caused everyone to pair up randomly, but they were too shy to admit to them before. Mrs Partlet and the Notary don't get any ShipTease in the libretto; as such, their pairing off for the finale pretty much counts as pairing the only remotely age-appropriate spares.



* FunetikAksent: A chorus of country bumpkins is helpfully indicated this way. "Eh, but oi du loike you!"

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* FunetikAksent: A chorus of country bumpkins is helpfully indicated this way. "Eh, but oi du loike you!"you!" Then they affect TheQueensEnglish when they're a little more wakeful.


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* GratuitousIambicPentameter: In some passages.
* HesitantSacrifice: Wells explains to the community that at either he or Alexis must die, followed by "I would rather it were you."


Absolutely nothing to do with the high-profile action flop ''Film/{{Sorcerer}}''. Though the {{Crossover}} possibilities are certainly amusing.

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Absolutely nothing to do with For the high-profile action flop ''Film/{{Sorcerer}}''. Though the {{Crossover}} possibilities are certainly amusing.
William Friedkin film, see ''Film/{{Sorcerer}}''.


* TheVicar: Dr. Daly. Despite the rather gentle treatment he gets, Gilbert was nonetheless criticized for mocking the Church.

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* TheVicar: Dr. Daly. Despite the rather gentle treatment he gets, Gilbert was nonetheless criticized (including by, of all people, Creator/LewisCarroll) for mocking the Church.

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Absolutely nothing to do with the high-profile action flop ''Film/{{Sorcerer}}''. Though the {{Crossover}} possibilities are certainly amusing.


* EveryoneMustBePaired: Everyone's paired off at the end; the pairings are supposedly the ones that existed before the love potion caused everyone to pair up randomly, but they were too shy to admit to them before.



* PairTheSpares: Everyone's paired off at the end; the pairings are supposedly the ones that existed before the love potion caused everyone to pair up randomly, but they were too shy to admit to them before.


The plot concerns a village in which everyone is dosed with a LovePotion by a sorcerer, with, naturally, [[HilarityEnsues hilarity ensuing]].

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The plot concerns a village in which everyone [[LoveIsInTheAir everyone]] is dosed with a LovePotion by a sorcerer, with, naturally, [[HilarityEnsues hilarity ensuing]].


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* SomeoneHasToDie: Because the love potion is a product of dark magic, its effect can only be ended by if either Wells (who concocted it) or Alexis (who put him up to it) agrees to be DraggedOffToHell.

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* SomeoneHasToDie: Because the love potion is a product of dark magic, its effect can only be ended by if either Wells (who concocted it) or Alexis (who put him up to it) agrees to be DraggedOffToHell.

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** Even furthering compounding the Punch Clock, Necromancy used to mean talking to the dead. Something that was quite popular to do in the Victorian era.

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* CannotSpitItOut: It appears that pretty much every single person in town is sweet on somebody, who is sweet on them in return, but everyone is too proper to actually make the first move. The love potion causes every single person to end up falling in love with someone else, but once the spell is broken, everyone rushes into the arms of their designated partner.

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* GirlfriendInCanada: J. W. Wells invents a fake fiancee in the South Pacific to try and get Lady Sangazure to leave him alone. She doesn't take the revelation well.

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* SexyPriest: Dr. Daly [[IWasQuiteALooker laments that he]] ''[[IWasQuiteALooker was]]'' [[IWasQuiteALooker one of these]]. (And the events of the play demonstrate that perhaps he still ''is'', at least to one young woman in his congregation.)

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* MrExposition: Played straight with Mrs. Partlet in the first act, where all she does is (1) reel off an AsYouKnow monologue that sets the scene for everything that follows, and then (2) be somebody for Constance and Dr. Daly to confide in. Spectacularly subverted in the second act, in which Mrs. P. actually gets entangled in the action; HilarityEnsues.

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