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NARRATION: Little Ivan’s papa Garret was very sick, and he wouldn’t be getting better. Little Ivan was very, very sad.

NARRATION: But Papa Garret had a plan. “Don’t worry about me Ivie, I’m gonna get better in Abroad!” “Abroad? What’s that?” asked Ivan.

NARRATION: “Papa Garret no!” exclaimed Papa Tom,”Your sickness may be cured, but you’ll be tainted forever!” Papa Garret turned up his nose. “Pah! You’re a coward! that’s an old wives tale!” Abroad will heal me good as new, you’ll see!”

NARRATION: “Papa Tom, ” asked Little Ivan. “If Abroad can make Papa Garret better, why is it bad?” “Because going abroad won’t make him better,” said Papa Tom.

NARRATION: “Abroad is full of taint that will corrupt you and everyone around you.” “Choosing to go to Abroad instead of passing peacefully at home is selfish!’

NARRATION: “So if Papa Garret goes Abroad he’ll corrupt everone he knows?” I have to stop else from ever going Abroad!” said Little Ivan.

TAMBERLANE: This is scary…
BELFRY: Yeah, this is darker than I remember…

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Aldin
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Aldin

Major propaganda and dark. (shudder)

Kubulai
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Kubulai

Now that I think about it, this does give us a sliver of new information. Cur’s situation in particular, it puts in a new light. Not only is choosing to go Abroad a permanent decision, the people they leave behind are taught to view them as selfish and sh*tty. I’m going to guess that Cur’s defiant nature means he’d like to reunite with his parents one day. I’m also going to guess that whoever tried to take him in, tried to tell him that his parents are bad people for going, which he refuses to accept, and that’s why he… Read more »

HarlequinGnoll
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HarlequinGnoll

“im sorry but this book i bought is full of inconsistent logic and poor reasoning, can i have my money back.”

Kubulai
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Kubulai

……. No, Peek and Scott, that doesn’t answer any questions. If anything, you just scared Tam more.

Maybe this and I’ll Love You Forever are just state-sponsored propaganda.

Maryalee
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Maryalee

So far this is reading tremendously like paranoid propaganda. The only way anyone would possibly know what Abroad is, would be if they had actually been there and returned to tell others. This does not read like a factual account from someone who actually knows. Instead, it reads like a secondary witness who either confabulated, or chose to deliberately misrepresent an account.

jprime
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jprime

Once again, I’d like to put forth the theory that it’s just a smokescreen to distract from government incompetence and/or corruption.

The_Furry_Centinel
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It’s clear that at some point, we will see what really is in “Abroad”.

Frank
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Frank

A lot of fairy tales are very dark when you look at them. Consider the versions of Jack and the Beanstalk where there’s supposed to be a famine going on. Or the fact that Snow White is the Fairest One of All only because the Evil Queen has been slowly eliminating all other competition until her stepdaughter is the only one left. Hansel and Gretel don’t return. The Pied Piper steals all the children. And don’t get me started on how many are de-facto coups d’état

Deep Fleeceheart
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Deep Fleeceheart

Oh, my goodness! Ivan looks just like Edgar, the little mole kid from Once Upon a Forest. I’m gonna go watch that again.

bcb
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Okay, maybe I should take back what I said last week about this world’s children’s fiction being better than ours. It’s the same thing, but with a different target of discrimination.

Eric M Kessler
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Eric M Kessler

Why do I get the bad feeling that Ivan ‘saves’ the town by insuring that Papa Garret doesn’t see another birthday?

Frost
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Frost

Maybe through the blatant propaganda and the dark story, we might get some clue about abroad. What so bad about abroad that it taints a creators because we never got a straight answer. Plus does this sovereign movement have anything to do with it.

Quieteyes
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Quieteyes

{At the alt-text} An example of “Tainted Love”? 🙂

Data_Prowler
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Data_Prowler

I’m sure the Brothers Grimm tales had their share of bigotry and propaganda back in the day as well.

Vladik
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I have a question why there are no people on its border, but there are people abroad? (Forgive me for translating into English)

Tuyu
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Tuyu

This does not sound like a children’s story and isn’t the way Belfry remembers it? Wonder if someone’s published a subversive version disguised as the regular kids’ edition.

HarlequinGnoll
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HarlequinGnoll

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