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for The Diary of Opal Whiteley

Lucian Horace Ovid Virgil
  A pet toad.

The name for this pet comes from putting together the names of four great teachers and poets in Ancient Rome: Lucian, Horace, Ovid and Virgil.

Paragraph 3: The toad under the house steps

Scene 43: Lola Saves Lucian Horace Ovid Virgil

man of the long step
  The man of the long step that whistles most all of the time works at the mill and is in love with the pensée girl with the far-away look in her eyes. Paragraph 370: flowers foe the pensée girl

Scene 125: the pensée girl gets a wedding ring

  The papa is Opal's father Charles Edward Whiteley (born 1870 - died 1938). He was a logger and worked for the Booth Kelly lumber company in Cottage Grove.

As with her mother, Opal tries to help her father with mixed results and believes that "Angel Father" is her real father.

Picture: Papa

Scene 57Scene 57: Trying to Help the Papa

Paragraph 152: The papa's big coat

About: Angel Father

  rivière is French for "river".

The rivière's real name is Mosby Creek. It is directly across the road from Opal's schoolhouse.

Picture: the riviere - Mosby Creek bridges today

Paragraph 9: The road to the upper camps

Paragraph 55: Staying in at recess time

  spade the ground; digging

"I picked up the rocks that came to the surface of the soil after my father did make spade-ups."

Paragraph 298: Example

  a wheel with cups that scoop the water up as it is turned by the water's current

"I have my own toy waterwheel that I play with in the creek."

Paragraph 298: Example

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