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  Aphrodite is a pig and the mother of Solomon Grundy.

The name "Aphrodite" comes from the Greek's goddess of love and beauty. This is a good example of Opal's humor in naming her pets. Aphrodite is a very funny name for a mother pig.

Scene 9: The Blue Ribbon

About: Solomon Grundy

Brave Horatius
  Brave Horatius was Opal’s 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

Felix Mendelssohn
  Felix Mendelssohn is a mouse which Opal often carries with her in a pocket.

This pet is named for a a famous German composer of music. He wrote the "wedding march" that is still used today.

Paragraph 554: Inspirations from dabbling toes

Lars Porsena of Clusium
  Lars Porsena of Clusium was the name of Opal’s 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

Louis II, le Grand Condé
  A wood-mouse. Opal often carries Louis II, Le Grand Condé in her sleeve.

The comes from a king of France

Scene 40: Sadie McKibben Has Understandings

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

  a fenced place where farmers keep their pigs

I let my pet pig Peter Paul Rubens out of the pig-pen this morning."

Paragraph 328: Example

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

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