|Joey of course comes to the rescue with a BASKET full of old stuff - does this woman throw nothing out?|
|Maybe they just brought everything from Pretty Maids, whether they needed it or not.|
|I did think it was unfair to make the Prefects provide prizes.|
for a school event it does seem unfair that they need to provide prizes as well.
|What surpises me is that they know it's coming up and yet they always seem to scrabbling around for prizes. Why not all brng three little low price whatevers back with them after the holiday so they're all prepared in advance?|
|If it's supposed to be for economy it doesn't work as they are always sending home for stuff which must have cost a fortune in postage. Think of all those parents having to wrap and post lacrosse sticks in 'Ruey'! Also the value of those 'trifles' they give vary in value. In one book a child gets a pad of school blotting paper (rainbow hues) while another gets a signed Josephine M. Bettany!|
|I think in CS land people economise on goods not cash - they're pretty well off so they don't have to be scraping the pennies together, but mass production was nowhere near the levels it is today.|
|Alison H wrote:|
|IIRC, Kathie'd had a nosebleed all down the frock in question (ugh!) and then the colours'd run in the wash, and it wasn't fit to wear - so I can't think why on earth they'd've kept it! If it was that bad and you were being thrifty, surely you'd cut it up to make dusters or something.|
People might have money, but there was nothing to spend it on.
|she kept her uniform in the attic all that time.|
I initially wondered how she managed to have her school uniform still, what with fleeing the country and all. But I suppose Madge brought it with her, or maybe shipped it with the school's belongings.
|Dreaming Marianne wrote:|
|Indeed, cf "the Marlow privelege to wear navy" (Autumn Term, AF).
I haven't spelt privilege correctly have I? Hmmm, still doesn't look right.
|Perhaps I shouldn't say that my school blazer (c. 1968) has just turned up in a closet at my parents'?|
|Cath V-P wrote:|
|I suspect the unspoken assumption might be, "You can afford our fees, you can afford the extra cost of travel, therefore you can afford our new uniform." But I agree about the wastefulness. And perhaps EBD was sick of brown and wanted a change?|
|Yes, there are a good few examples of Joey cutting up old dresses for dusters. Also the time she cuts up her old school uniform to make twin dresses for the Highland girls - she kept her uniform in the attic all that time.|
One thing that always makes me laugh in the scence. Joey says something to the effect of "it's a good think the frocks are short sleeved or we wouldn't have enough material". But, if the frocks were long-sleeved, then her's would have been too - and it would have had the extra material needed.
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