I wonder whether Jo takes these young writers aside and discourages them?
|I think that in New Beginnings, Con has just published a volume of poetry, but I always thought that EBD would have had Con mending socks for her SLOC instead of writing. Or going into advertising. Or something. My impression is just that EBD never seems to take Con's writing seriously. We are told in depth about Con's silly story about Lady Alyx during the Daniel in the lion's den, which--why is it so funny??--and Joey always refers to Con writing this epic poetry that makes her neither good for man nor beast. Even as a senior, she's given to mooning to the extent that Miss A has to warn her not to moon when she appoints her as editor of the Chaletian. So I don't feel that EBD took her seriously enough to make her a writer.
|"I say, Jem, I’ve nearly finished my story! The only thing I can’t decided is what to do about marrying them.”
“Aren’t you going to marry them?” asked Madge, wh had been privledged to read the first part of this tale. “Oh, I think I should, Joey. What else do you want to do with them?”
“I could kill ‘Raymonde’ off,” said Jo. “Then ‘Adelaide’ could – could-”
“Well? Could – what?” demanded Jem
“Go into a convent?” suggested Grizel.
“Of course not, idiot! She’s not a Catholic!”
“Marry them, of course,” said Madge. “Don’t make them unhappy, Jo! Even if it’s only a story, let them end up all right.”
“Lots of stories don’t,” argued Jo as well as she could for a mouthful of cake. “Look at A Tale of Two Cities, and The Old Curiousity Shop, and The Mill on the Floss.”
“It required genius to write a tragedy, Jo,” said her brother-in-law. “I grant you that Dickens and George Eliot got away with it; but nothing is worse than the mawkish rot that some people write.”
“Well, there’s Comin’ through the Rye, an’ Trilby.”
“I’ve never read the first, but Du Maurier was as much a genius as Dickens,” said Jem.
As for Sylvia Leigh, is she derided? I didn't think she was, or if she was, it was being done by Bride in the midst of an argument with Lavender, both of whom are going to be biased.
Ray *hasn't read Lavender in a while since her copy is rather fragile!*
|The arrival of the famous Dr Benson at the school had caused quite a sensation among the girls. Everyone knew that her book on Aeschylus had been hailed as likely to become the standard work on that famous dramatist. The Seniors were thrilled by the thought of coming into contact with her. -Challenge.|
|Most of her efforts, up to date, were mainly what any child with an ear for rhythm and rhyme might have done. Here and there, however, were lines that had made Joey regard her second girl thoughtfully.|
|Joey had no serious career plans when she left school and seemed to expect Jem to support her.|
|But that would have been from Jem then - once Madge married she would have relinquished all to Jem.|
|Carolyn P wrote:|
Can't remember the date of the married women's property act but have a feeling it was Victorian.
I *think* it was about 1882 but I could be making that up completely...It was definitely Victorian though.
I wonder what Joey would have done if Madge hadn't married?
|And thinking about it, didn't Madge make the business arrangements with Ernest Howell when the school moved from Guernsey?|
But it was Jem who sold the old school buildings to Mr Flower. And wasn't it Jem who bought the hotel the school moved to at the beginning of Exile? Not with the school in mind, initially, I think, so did the school buy it from the San, or were the two part of one whole big company (like RCS Industries )?
|Alison H wrote:|
|They never seem to have a bursar though, and there's never any mention of anyone doing any bookkeeping or payroll calculations! & there are never any mentions of auditors!|
|Alison H wrote:|
|They never seem to have a bursar though, and there's never any mention of anyone doing any bookkeeping or payroll calculations!|
|Wouldn't the Lecoutier's (or whoever) have inherited Mlle Lepattre's half of the partnership when she died? Given that M et Mme Lecoutier were supposed to be so poor, I can't see Mlle Lepattre excluding them and leaving her half to Madge? Any suggestions?|
|Alison H wrote:
They never seem to have a bursar though, and there's never any mention of anyone doing any bookkeeping or payroll calculations! & there are never any mentions of auditors!
Without wishing to upset all the auditors and accountants amongst us, I have to say that it would be very dull hearing about that side of things, and I'd have said doubly so when I was just 9 or 10 years old!
| Even if the school was paying Simone's fees at the Sorbonne there should have been something left over for Mdlle, and later for the Lecoutiers.
|Lots of girls of her class in that period didn't get jobs. After all the only one of her friends that did was Simone and she was from a poor family. In Exile (again) I think Enid Sothern says her dad says that for girls who don't need to work to take jobs from girls who do, is wicked.|
|I think we're being a bit harsh on Joey btw. Lots of girls of her class in that period didn't get jobs.|
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