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Maria and Oscie In the book In My Fathers House written by Ann Rinaldi there are two main characters whose names are Maria and Oscie These two girls are sisters that live in a house that is being divided by the civil war Their stepfather Will McLean is from the north and is known as a Yankee in the south Most southerners disagree with his beliefs on slavery but nevertheless he is still a respected town leader on the school board and is head of the volunteer fire department Maria fifteen and more a southern belle tries to get along with people and stays out of trouble with Will Oscie who is a year younger often tries to get the better part of Will Oscie and Maria vary in many obvious ways One of these ways is that Oscie is more independent and can be more self sustained Maria on the other hand is a southern belle who is heavily dependent on her family for all sorts of different needs Maria is able to accept reality more than Oscie is more mature and can handle being beaten in an argument but Oscie can not accept losing and is always trying to best people around her and herself An example of this is how Oscie is always arguing with Will She even asked her tutor will you teach me to best Will McLean Although Maria and Oscie are very different they do have a few things in common They both have an odd attraction to military men This is shown in their choice of guys They also both share the same parents Sarah who is dead now also has Dr John and Mama as parents Both Oscie and Maria are in love with the south and dont want to part with most of its ways when they move It is amazing how Ann Rinaldi is able
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