|Hmmmm, none too sure just how accurate this would be - I mean, can you deduce a person's character from what she writes?|
*lol* Of course! The best way to understand a person is to look at what they write. Characteristics that appear in main characters are almost certain either to be a major factor in the life of the author or to be what s/he wished to be.
So bad luck, Lesley...
|She obviously thought that Continental ways and things were better, though she is keen to emphasise that it is an English school.|
|Unless EBD was a German spy/propagandist ...|
|She had very definite views on the upbringing of children, especially instant obedience, early bed, fresh air, milk and plain food (otherwise they would become bilious).|
|Milk is the most nearly perfect food. One quart of milk should be included in your diet each day. You do not have to drink it all, for you may get part of it in creamed soups, breads, pastries, puddings and ice cream.|
| For example, according to the 1947 Girl Scout Handbook, |
|Mrs Redboots wrote:|
Milk was considered to be very good for you throughout my growing years, and even beyond. When my daughter was born, in 1980, pregnant women were expected to drink about a pint (that's about 450 ml) every day, and it was practically required when I was in hospital. I do not care for milk very much, and had as little as I could get away with!
|EBD herself remarks, through Joey, on how Madge is in danger of becoming 'that sweet woman, Lady Russell'. Would she have been satisfied with that role for herself? How would she have taken to being bossed around by a Jem or a Jack?|
|Marriage need not have been that bleak. Enid Blyton was around the same age as Elinor and she managed to have two marriages (and, by all accounts, an affair) and a couple of children in addition to being a very successful author before and throughout both marriages.|
|*lol* Of course! The best way to understand a person is to look at what they write. Characteristics that appear in main characters are almost certain either to be a major factor in the life of the author or to be what s/he wished to be.|
I remember going to a book signing by Ian Banks for his novel The Wasp Factory and him being astounded when telling the audience that someone had asked him if it was autobiographical as 'all first novels always are' and he assured us that it bore no relation to his own upbringing and given the plot I suspect that he would not wish to be what his main protaganist turned out to be! On one level it does indeed seem obvious that the main characters would reflect the author's aspirations but my literary 'training' (now probably very out of date) insisted that 'the author is dead' in the sense that you can never establish what the 'author intent' was as the text is continually interpreted (or something like that, ha)
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