Posted: Fri Jan
28, 2005 7:38 pm
Or throwing them at handsome
doctors ten years older than them...
|But then the early books talk about how the Tyrolean girls
grow up faster than 'English' girls, ... - although there's a huge
discrepancy between her saying she doesn't want them to grow up fast and
then piling responsibilities on them, especially
I think there
are different ways of measuring "mature", which is where the confusions comes
from. There's mature as in worldly wise - including "boys", a wide range of
experiences and travel, independence, and knowledge about what are often
regarded as as adult topics. By those standards the later girls are much more
mature, although Joey's lot are kept pretty young in some of those respects.
There's also mature defined by personal behavior, sense of responsibility,
trustworthiness, and ability to take an adult role, rather than being one of the
kids that needs to be kept in line. By those standards the earliest prefects are
much more mature. They don't act out, do mad things or play pranks the way many
of the other girls do, they can be depended on to be responsible for the younger
ones, and they move into an adult role very young (including young marriages).
So Joey would be immature by both sets of standards, the early prefects by the
second but not by the first, and Len by the second and only somewhat by the
first (she doesn't need a chaperone to go out, and has travelled, but is still
kept fairly naive). Joan Baker would fit the first category, but not the second.
Does this make sense?
|And I would say the first prefects, who were 15/16 at the
time weren't they? are much more mature than the 15/16 year-olds in the
Swiss books. Liz[/i]|
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