Oi! Idiot child! What are you doing out there?
Sorry, ma’am, I was just finishing my chores for the night.
Don’t you lie to me, I saw you scrubbing that same spot three times over.
I just wanted to hear the story, ma’am.
The story? Eh? You’re curious about the Ghost Forest, are you?
Well why not, if ever there was a child who ought to get himself
taken by those trees, I think it’s you. Leave me with
one less useless mouth to feed.
As someone much smarter than me is known for saying, "a trope is a common pattern in a story or recognizable attribute in a character that conveys information to the audience." Like a shorthand. "A trope becomes a cliché when it's overused."
Is the "evil step-parents" trope officially a cliché yet?
Incidentally, she means “one fewer” above. Come on Mrs. Grooter, you’re like the only character with more than two lines in this whole story who doesn’t care about grammar.