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for The Diary of Opal Whiteley

Brave Horatius
  Brave Horatius was Opalís pet German Shepherd dog. He goes with her everywhere.

Opal named him Brave Horatius after the Roman hero of the poem "Horatius at the Bridge" by Thomas Macaulay.

Paragraph 79: Brave Horatius thinks it is home-going time

Paragraph 105: A rescue by Brave Horatius

Scene 28: Brave Hortatius is lost and found again

  The lane is a narrow dirt road that Opal walks to school on.

The lane was quite long - at least a mile or more. It runs from her grandparent's house west all the way to the mill by the far woods. It was owned by the Limbergers.

Picture: The Lane

Paragraph 38: Our lovely lane

Lars Porsena of Clusium
  Lars Porsena of Clusium was the name of Opalís pet black crow.

The name comes from a king in ancient Rome in about 580 B.C., who is mentioned in Thomas Macaulay's poem "Horatius at the Bridge" (1842).

Paragraph 13: Finding the Mamma's thimble

Scene 80: The Death of Lars Porsena

Scene 118: The Death of Lars Porsena of Clusium

Thomas Chatterton Jupiter Zeus

Opal has given this name to a wood rat who is one of her favorite pets. Opal very often carries Thomas Chatterton Jupiter Zeus whenever she goes visiting or exploring.

Opal named her pet rat after the poet Thomas Chatterton, and two gods of classical mythology.

More about: Thomas Chatterton Jupiter Zeus

About: Jupiter

About: Zeus

About: the poet Thomas Chatterton

wagon wheels
  Large wooden wheels on a horse drawn wagon. The wheels were about three feet high, with wooden spokes, and a wooden rim

"The wagon wheels make deep ruts in the roads."

Paragraph 38: Example

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