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MismatchedSocks

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Possible Inspiration for Deryn?
« on: September 06, 2011, 09:05:50 AM »

I was reading in my text book and found someone interesting. Deborah Sampson. She was the first American woman to impersonate a man. So I was thinking about Deryn Sharp and Deborah Sampson. Both of their initials are D.S. She was also tall and strong. I wonder if Scott has heard about her, and if she might have been part of the inspiration for Deryn.
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Re: Possible Inspiration for Deryn?
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2011, 09:07:02 AM »

maybe.... thats cool
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Re: Possible Inspiration for Deryn?
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2011, 09:08:06 AM »

I thought it was cool too. Maybe I will ask him if he knows about her when I meet him.
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Re: Possible Inspiration for Deryn?
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2011, 09:08:24 AM »

yup
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Re: Possible Inspiration for Deryn?
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2011, 11:56:21 AM »

There's an English folk song about a lass who disguised herself as a boy to join the army, called Sweet Polly Oliver or Pretty Polly Oliver. It's a really old trick. Also see: Hua Mulan.

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Re: Possible Inspiration for Deryn?
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2011, 08:38:52 PM »

I've heard of Deborah Samson too - she was pretty amazing.
There's loads of songs about girls dressing as boys; Jackaroe, Sweet Polly Oliver, Handsome Cabin Boy, Soldier Maid (which is even Scottish!)

Also, I one of my friend's great-grandmothers pulled this trick, and dressed up as a boy to be a jockey and race horses.  ;D
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Re: Possible Inspiration for Deryn?
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2011, 09:42:40 AM »

I thought it was cool too. Maybe I will ask him if he knows about her when I meet him.
YOU ARE GOING TO MEET THE SCOTT WESTERFELD??!!! *Dies*
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Re: Possible Inspiration for Deryn?
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2011, 09:44:18 AM »

I thought it was cool too. Maybe I will ask him if he knows about her when I meet him.
YOU ARE GOING TO MEET THE SCOTT WESTERFELD??!!! *Dies*
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Re: Possible Inspiration for Deryn?
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2011, 09:46:59 AM »

I would love to meet Scott, though I probably never will.
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Re: Possible Inspiration for Deryn?
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2011, 11:01:12 AM »

Yes! I'm so excited! This is going to sound creepy but last year I got there but didn't get a spot in line in time so it was super long (I doubt my parents would stand in that line. In. The. Heat.) so I just peeked trough the back of the tent. And was like ' :o He looks like a normal person.' yes. I actually said that. Real quotes.
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Re: Possible Inspiration for Deryn?
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2011, 11:10:30 AM »

*Gasp* When are you meeting him?  :D
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Re: Possible Inspiration for Deryn?
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2011, 11:16:47 AM »

I think October 1. Around 10:30. But Im might have to double check.
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Re: Possible Inspiration for Deryn?
« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2011, 03:09:45 PM »

Scott needs to come to Georgia.
Or somewhere else I can get to.
OR ELSE.
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Re: Possible Inspiration for Deryn?
« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2011, 11:08:44 PM »

Or else? Or else what????????
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Re: Possible Inspiration for Deryn?
« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2011, 09:56:25 AM »

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SweetPollyOliver - Sweet Polly Oliver
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Literature/Leviathan - Leviathan
These are the trope pages (duh). I hope they're helpful!!
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