|Kathie's experiences rang very true for me|
|Thus her character causes me to ask the question of why staff joined the CS. Was it to teach a subject they loved, or was it to teach those particular pupils? I would argue for the latter.|
|And some character evolution seems to be EBDism, anyway - from my memory of early Cornelia, she was presented as a remarkably unpleasant girl, liable to pinching other people violently and other nastiness, before becoming just another madcap Middle and later a responsible individual...?|
|I think Mary-Lou's character develops quite a bit - she's a relatively normal, carefree, tomboyish schoolgirl in Three Go but by the end of her time at the CS she's morphed into OOAO! I actually quite liked her when she first joins the school, unlike the schoolgirl Joey who always irritated me...the adult Jo even seems a little bearable beacuse she's not in every page|
|Fiona Mc wrote:|
|I actually think EBD back slides with some of her characters. Grizel looks like she's maturing nicely until about Three Go where she turned back into being thoroughly nasty.|
I have a theory that Grizel had fallen in love with Jack.
As for Mary-Lou, I see her character as going from heedless and often annoying (if basically good-hearted) middle to a genuinely caring and admirable person. That doesn't mean I always agree with her, or that she never bumbles. If she didn't, I'd probably write her off as too perfect. However, I couldn't possibly think of her as a meddlesome busybody. That's an epithet I'd reserve for people like "the Sojer."
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