Tall tales and tropes

19th-century whaling ship (credit: http://inupiaqadaptationrecovery.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/this-whaling-ship-is-in-full-sail-as.html)

This is the last of the posts I’d planned on Joan Aiken’s Night Birds on Nantucket, the third in the series commonly known as The Wolves Chronicles. I’ve previously posted about the personages in that novel and on the voyages of Dido Twite, and also given an update on her colourful language. Now I’d to draw your attention to the motifs I’ve noticed in the series that occur in this installment, motifs that pop up elsewhere in her other fiction but which become increasingly plentiful in subsequent Dido Twite chronicles.

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