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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Some readers believe that Gerry actually did kill Beauty's rabbit directly, and then frame the scene to make it look like a fox did it. It is never made entirely clear what really happened and Gerry is shown to be consistently cruel, so this is a plausible interpretation.
  • Fridge Horror: Skye is such a deplorable Alpha Bitch that it's easy to forget she's still a kid (about eleven years old at most). Taking this into consideration, it's pretty terrifying to imagine what she'll be like as a teenager or even as an adult.Of course, she could mellow out as she gets older.
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  • Moral Event Horizon: Gerry ruining Beauty's birthday with his abusive and domineering behaviour including deliberately letting out her pet rabbit which is subsequently decapitated by a fox is treated as one both in-universe and by most readers at this point in the story. And if he hadn't crossed it then, he certainly does when he turns up at Rabbit Cove, begins yelling and swearing at Dilly and Beauty in the street and demands they come with him. When Mike tries to stand up to him and talk about the situation calmly, Gerry punches him in the face. After Dilly stands her ground, Gerry effectively disowns her and Beauty, his own daughter, even finding the time to tell Dilly her looks are fading and that Beauty "never had any looks to speak of" before driving off.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Verbal/emotional abuse is as harmful as physical abuse (and often goes hand-in-hand with it). Just because Dilly and Beauty don't have cuts and bruises, it doesn't mean they aren't victims of abuse.
  • Tearjerker:
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    • Birthday's death is pretty distressing, especially for animal lovers.
    • Gerry blurting out that his daughter "Looks uglier than ever", after she had already had a terrible day and had tried so hard to please him.
  • The Woobie: It's hard not to feel sorry for Beauty and Dilly,after all they've been through.

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