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for The Diary of Opal Whiteley
"Opal wanted Peter Paul Rubens to have understanding what she was doing."
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|man that wears gray neckties|
|The man who wears gray neckties worked at the McKibben Mill and was known for being very kind to animals and children. He gave Opal pens and paper to write her diary with and often looks after her. His real name was George Miller.||Picture: George Miller
Scene 13: Colored Pencils From the Fairies
Scene 62: The Death of William Shakespeare
|The near woods is the forest just behind Opal's house.
Opal names this forest the near woods because it is close to her home. Also in the near wood are Opal's cathedral, the nursery and the hospital.
Paragraph 1The house on the edge of the near woods
Paragraph 68: Looking for the fairies
| Rob Ryder is also called "the chore boy" in the diary. He was about 20 at the time of the diary. He was Opal's uncle, Roy Scott. Since he was alive when her diary was published his real name was changed.
Opal does not like him. She writes that he is mean to the old logging horse William Shakespeare and also kills her pet crow. Opal gets into trouble for using his poker chips to draw pictures upon.
|Paragraph 470: the poker chips
Paragraph 218: Rob Ryder & William Shakespeare
Paragraph 510: Rob Ryder & the pet crow
|The singing creek flows off the mountain behind Opal's house.
Opal names this the singing creek because of the pretty sound the water makes.
The real name of the singing creek is Carolina Creek. Willow trees grew along the creek. The native Kalapooya Indians used willow trees to build their homes.
Picture: the singing creek today
Picture: Carolina Creek - the singing creek
Paragraph 4: The singing creek
Paragraph 182: Dropping grey leaves upon the water
|nice, understanding, sympathetic
"The man that lives next door has an understanding soul."
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"The baby had wake-ups when I made a loud noise."
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William Shakespeare is an old work horse belonging to Opal's family and often used to haul logs.
Opal loves to talk with him and to go for rides. She named him for William Shakespeare the great English writer of the 1500's.
|Day 25: Opal's long ride
Picture: Work Horses
More about: this old horse
About: the writer Shakespeare
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