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Literature / The Tale of Pigling Bland

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The Tale of Pigling Bland is a Beatrix Potter story about a young pig who is sent to market with his brother, Alexander. On the way, he gets separated from his brother, gets lost, and has a number of adventures.

This book provides examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: Most of the piglets have pet names like Spot and Stumpy, except for two: Alexander and Pigling Bland.
  • Carnivore Confusion: The humans talk to the animals, but also eat them.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Pigling Bland and his sister Spot are the responsible ones, the other six are trouble makers although Alexander is the one that receives the most attention.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: One of Pigling's sisters is named Suck-suck.
  • Messy Pig: Pigling's siblings play it straight, though he and Pig-wig avert it.
  • Plucky Girl: Pig-wig blithely describes how Mr. Piperson plans to turn her into bacon.