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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


house of Elsie
  The house of Elsie and her young husband was very close to Opal's house.

Elsie and her young husband are Opal's aunt and uncle.

Picture: Sky view

Paragraph 318: Dancing song notes


house we live in
  Opal's house is between the singing creek and her grandparent's house.

Opal lives in a very small wooden house with one room divided into two by a quilt. It is also called a lumber shanty

These little houses were moved to different logging camps using the railroad. The entire house was pulled up on railroad cars and moved to the next work camp.

Picture: Sky view of the farm

Paragraph 1: The house on the edge of the near woods

Paragraph 3: The lumber shanty


mamma
  The mamma is Opal's mother, Elizabeth Scott Whiteley ( b. 1874 - d. 1917).

Opal has a difficult time with her mother. While trying to be helpful, Opal often does things which make her mother angry.

In addition, Opal believes that her "Angel Mother," rather than Elizabeth Whiteley is her real mother.

Picture: Elizabether Whiteley

Picture: Mr and Mrs. Whiteley

Scene 15: Helping with Chores

Scene 30: Getting the Millers Brand out of the Flour-Sack

Scene 104: Tied to the woodshed corner


tend
  take care of

"When momma is away it is my job to tend the baby and the house."

Paragraph 166: Example

the baby
  The baby is Opal's younger sister Faye. Opal often takes care of Faye for her mother. Picture: Opal and her sisters Faye and Chloe

Paragraph 332: tending the baby




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