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Literature / Freckles

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Freckles is a novel by Gene Stratton-Porter about a young adult orphan who finds work, and the beauty of nature, in a job at a lumber camp.

Available online here.

A sequel was published by the same author, A Girl of the Limberlost, which follows a protege of Freckles.

Tropes included:

  • Abusive Parents: Freckles fears this in his backstory.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: One villain will not return without being at least half drunk.
  • Alone in a Crowd: How Freckles felt in the orphanage.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Freckles fears his parents would be this.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Angel dreads that she will find bad parents at the end of her quest, because they are aristocrats.
    "A Lord-man!" she groaned despairingly. "A Lord-man! Bet my hoecake's scorched! Here I've gone and pledged my word to Freckles I'd find him some decent relatives, that he could be proud of, and now there isn't a chance out of a dozen that he'll have to be ashamed of them after all. It's too mean!"
  • Blue Blood: Angel has ancestors that reach back to Plymouth Rock. Freckles turns out to be a grandson of a nobleman.
  • Butterfly of Transformation: A Luna moth causes Freckles deep frustration at his ignorance, a fit which lasts until it occurs to him that he could learn better.
  • Funetik Aksent: Freckles speaks with an Irish accent despite being born and raised in Chicago.
  • I Have No Son!: Freckles' grandfather's attitude. When he gets a letter telling him that his disobedient son and his wife are dead, leaving an infant grandson, he files the letter away. Nothing is done until he dies and his other son finds the letter.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Freckles to his uncle.
  • Vice City: Chicago, where parents might die and no one be able to find out who their children belonged to.
  • The Wicked Stage: In the Back Story, a wife had had go on stage — to sing — when a family was desperate.
    It was slow business, because he never had been taught to do a useful thing, and he didn't even know how to hunt work, least of all to do it when he found it; so pretty soon things were going wrong. But if he couldn't find work, she could always sing, so she sang at night, and made little things in the daytime. He didn't like her to sing in public, and he wouldn't allow her when he could HELP himself; but winter came, it was very cold, and fire was expensive.
  • Youthful Freckles: Guess who?