|Vic Coles: boy or girl?|
|Total Votes : 85|
got this horrid tendency to 'see' the characters. I do it with people I
know by phone and email as well - like most of you It's always a shock when reality intervenes.
My Vic Coles was a Teddy boy with drainpipe trousers, a shoe string tie and slicked back heavily brylcreemed black hair - definitely a little too long and he kept a comb in his top pocket which he took out at intervals - in fact whenever he saw his reflection in a shop window or a car window and combed it back with an exaggerated gesture. He thought he was really cool and he only went out with poor Joan for a laugh, or possibly a bet.
She was not 'cool' but a tarted up homely lass who had been let loose with the perm and the make up. She wore clothes a little to old for her and also rather tighter than they should have been - she was not slim by any means. Poor Joan was a misfit everywhere.
|I didn't really agree with the theory in the article that EBD didn't ever mention boys/didn't know boys, etc.|
was vexed. She tossed: her head. "Oh, very well, then. I was going to
tell you all about the larks Vic Coles and I got up to. last evening,
but if you're so high and mighty, it won't interest you. We went to the
pictures and then we bought some fish and chips and went for a walk
and—but you won't want to hear. We didn't half enjoy ourselves. Laugh!
I could have died! But it's O.K. by me, young Ros. Keep your silly
secrets if that's how you feel. There's Kath Stevens! I'm off to tell
her. She ain't a stuck-up bit of goods, sucking up to the Rector's wife
and all! No; nor her Mum ain't fussing after her all the time. I don't
know who you think you are, putting on all them airs. Your Mum was only
a servant and mine was a young lady in a shop. But keep yourself to
yourself if that's the way you feel. I couldn't care less!"
With this final diatribe, she suddenly shot off across the road; but one ear was open for the call she confidently expected from Rosamund. If it came, she might go back to the other girl and after getting the whole story of the message from her, she might condescend to hint at certain things she and Vic Coles had said and done during their walk. That ud make the kid open her eyes. Vic certainly was a hot one!
|[Mr Lilley's] wife had stopped him because the Bakers were next-door neighbours and it didn't do to be at outs with such 'folk. But she, too, had done what she could to keep the friendship to school hours and Rosamund found a good many obstacles put in the way of her going off with Joan. But of late, especially since Joan had been going about with young Vic Coles who, at seventeen had an unsavoury reputation, Mr. Lilley had been saying that if nothing else would do, they had better try to get another house. Have his girl go on as Joan Baker did, he would not!|
|makes 3 of us!|
|Hmm. There’s a lot of typical EBD tiptoeing round the edges there. I reckon that Vic is probably a boy but it’s all implied. I wonder if that was deliberate for her more innocent readers. They might assume a girl, hence the name.|
|It never occurred to me that Vic might not be a boy. I got a shock when I read a comment about it in the FOCS magazine a few years ago!|
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