NABOKV-L post 0017277, Thu, 6 Nov 2008 20:26:31 -0500

QUERY: Aunts and orphans
Tom Sawyer was raised by his dead mother's sister, Aunt Polly.

Gavriel Shapiro [and Michael Donohue]

Sredni Vashtar, of course.

Carolyn Kunin

Just barely [September 1900] "Aunty Em, Aunty Em!"

Sandy Drescher

Jane Eyre was raised by her heartless Aunt Reed. David Copperfield is adopted by his kind, eccentric aunt Betsy Trotwood and even renamed "Trot" (an apt word for Pale Fire) in her honor. Also Pollyanna (1913) -- but Jane, David, and Tom are probably the best examples.

Susan Elizabeth Sweeney

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