|I always thought that highly strung meant nervy and easily upset. I think that after Jo's prolonged stupor after rescuing Grizel, EBD chose to make her seem highly strung, whereas she was apparently in good health for many years, outgrew her delicacy and was fit and well enough to have eleven children.|
|I put it down to teenage hormones and the altitude. Both perfectly plausible, even if the word teenager isn't really accurate for Tyrol.|
|I really hope I never do faint properly because it feels dreadful.
remember being told during my time in my school's CCF that a good way
to induce fainting was to put blotting paper in your boots before you
went on parade.
Never tried it though... the guy who told me that was one of the officers, so would have seen through it in a flash if I'd tried
|I did consider putting the Jo at Camp part it, but it wasn't 100% clear to me that she really fainted (as opposed to just collapsing a bit).|
|Mrs Redboots wrote:|
I thought she threw up, rather than fainting, at that one?
|Even Miss Stewart, who was holding Jo (who had collapsed limply as soon as she was moved, and looked more dead than alive)|
|A fresh spasm of sickness overtook her at this moment, but when it was over she repeated her words.|
|I think that's partially because vomit was probably considered vulgar and graphic and "throw up" is (I think - does anyone have an OED to check entemology?) a relatively modern phrase - and actually thinking about it for myself, I tend to say that I've been sick rather than I've thrown up.|
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