|I was just wondering whether it is ever explicitly stated what happened to Sarres, Bonne Maison and Les Rosiers when the school, Joey and Madge etc left Guernsey?.|
|I therefore wonder why EBD didn't move the school back to Guernsey when the war was over, I suppose it must be the old argument that she preferred a fictional location for the school, but given her fondness for Guernsey this does quite surprise me.|
|(I do wonder where they put the extra 150 girls + mistresses in the Howell's house).|
|It does appear that the Howells don't want the property after the war - it is too big, and requires too much maintenance for just two people. I think they sell it when the school moves to St Briaval's permanently.|
|[Madge is speaking to Joey] 'Jem heard of an old house that might be made habitable. Its not far from Jerbourg, where they intend to have the Sanitorium. Its been empty for years, and is rather in a derilict condidtion. But Jem went over it yesterday, and he says it can be put into order, and the grounds are good. Of course it'll have to be a small beginning, as Con Stewart suggests' ... 'What is the name of the house, by the way? Do I know it?' 'You've passed it mant times, its Sarres, that big old place' 'What? The Moated Grange! My dear, its a wreck! However can you put it in order? 'Tisn't as if money was awfully plentiful at present, you know. We've lost a good deal over the Sonnalpe.' 'No; but Jem says that it's not so bad inside as outside, The structure is in pretty good repair, and we must just do it as cheaply as we can'|
|[Sarres] was very large, with big rooms, and a good number of them, downstairs. The bedrooms were smaller, but there were two storeys of them, besides the attics, which would make good domestic staff quarters.|
|'It might be worse,' said Jo critically, as, with Robin and Daisy hanging on either arm, she made a tour of the place. The dining-room is quite nice, and so is Hall. A bit small if we grow in Tyrol; but thats not so very likely. There's any amount of room at present, anyhow. And we can always build, I suppose. The ground's there. Of course, building is what you'd call expensive in these parts'|
|[Bride is speaking] 'Oh, didn't you know? I would have thought that Gwensi would have written to your Beth. She wrote to Daisy Venables and Daisy told us when she was staying with us for Easter. Mr Howell has sold it. It's a convent now - or going to be, anyhow. The Little Sisters of the Poor and they're turning part of it into a home for old folk who can't manage by themselves.|
|[The speaker is Miss Wilson] ‘Whatever we do finally, there will always be part of the School in England now. Nothing’s settled about the Oberland yet, though we can have Frau Hessell’s house, Frieda says and welcome. It’s quite a big place and we could build on to it in time. A portion of the School will be here for years to come, though, and now the Russells have brought Plas Howell from Ernest Howell, the school is definitely fixed there.’|
|The last bit's not so unreasonable. My grammar school had 600 pupils. The headmistress (who was the Deputy Head, we had a headmaster overall) took every first year form for Scripture, and knew every pupil by name throughout their school career. That was in a day school. In a boarding school, where there's much more contact with the pupils, I can imagine that Matey and Miss A would know all the pupils quite well. They had some of them from 8 to 18, after all, and so many of them were the daughters of Old Girls.|
|Alison H wrote:|
EBD hadn't really "done" Guernsey thoroughly with the CS - all that
potential for accidents on the rocks and in the sea! And then she could
have moved the San back there too: the absence of doctors when the
School moves to St Briavel's always seems odd .
I assume that the buildings in Guernsey just got conveniently forgotten about...
Add in the fact that people change house randomly as it suits EBD's needs (EBD's grasp of the house system always reminds me of Malory Towers, where in theory there are four houses, but all the girls are actually in the same house - North Tower. Where are the others? We pretty much never meet them... EB seems to forget that for each year group there should be another twenty or more girls out there somewhere living in East and South and West Towers).
Plus the fact that no matter how many times EBD tells us the lay out of the Swiss school, I find it completely impossible to visualise them, with those linked buildings via bridges etc. Can't get my head around it at all! I still think it should be a big chalet or two, no matter how many times she tells me it isn't, that it's an ex-resort hotel.
And no, I simply cannot imagine the layout of the Swiss school either? I just don't bother!
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