#1: Drabble help: Questions about Margot Venables Author: Lucy, Location: LeedsPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 9:16 pm I've lost all my notes I made about Margot
Does anyone know the answers to the following:
New House was written in 1935. Is that the year it was set?
How old was Margot in New House?
And how old was Jem in New House?
Think I might have muddled my ages up!
Thanks (might have more questions depending on the answers!)
#2: Author: Lucy, Location: LeedsPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 9:49 pm Browsed the archieves and found out the following:
Jem Russell born approx 1895.
So could work out his age if can date the book. If it is 1935 (when written) Jem would be approx 40. This would be during Joey's final term at school. Would this be right? Didn't think he was that old!
Oh and Joey has been at the Chalet 5 years in New House. So could work out some of the dates if I knew the year the CS was meant to open.
This is like being a detective!
#3: Author: Lucy, Location: LeedsPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 10:15 pm Ok, have found a bit more out.
'Is Frau Venables older or younger than Dr Jem?’ asked Frieda.
‘Three years older, I believe. She must be about thirty-eight, I should think. I’m not sure, though.’
Quote from New House. If thats correct and Jem is approx 35 then book is set in approx 1930. Which would make sense if CS starts in 1925 and thats when first book was written.
So on that basis do following dates make sense:
Primula Daisy is 2 so was born in 1928
Daisy is 9 so was born in 1921
Jimmy would have been 12 so would have been born in 1918 (During the war?? How did they elope and get to Australia?? Maybe thats why they eloped - oh my plot bunny is going into overdrive!)
Does any of this make sense? Would it possible for them to travel to Australia during the war? Or is that just an EBDism that I can't explain?
#4: Author: Pat, Location: DoncasterPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 10:25 pm I think this is part of the difficulty dating the CS. If Jo was still at school in New House, and that was 1930, then how can she be only a couple of years older in 1938? We know she has to be about 20 then as the trips were born the following year when she was just 21.
I can understand why a lot of people go with the dates that the books were published rather than trying to tie them down to the correct year by story.
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#5: Author: Lucy, Location: LeedsPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 10:35 pm So if I go with 1935
Jem would be 40.
Primula Mary would be born in 1933
Daisy would be born in 1926
Jimmy would have been born in 1923
Oh and Margot would have been born in 1892 ish (so would have been 41 when Primula was born).
And would have been 25/26 in 1918
Would this be better? To be honest this prob suits my drabble better so will prob go with this unless anyone thinks its totally wrong?
#6: Author: Pat, Location: DoncasterPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 10:40 pm I would go with whatever suits you best to be honest! EBD's timings are enought o drive you crazy!
#7: Author: Mia, Location: LondonPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 12:04 am Yes, I'd definitely go with what suits the story better!
#8: Author: KathrynW, Location: LondonPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 12:16 am I would definitely go with whatever you feel like. I only realised the other day that in technicallity, my Jane drabble is set in the late 70's but for some bizarre reason, I've been writing it like it was set in the 1930's which is sort of random. Time is a relative concept anyway
#9: Author: Mel, Location: UP NORTHPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 5:16 pm Jem is definitely 48 in Jo to the rescue which makes him 24 years older than Jo who must be 24 then? So he's 12 years older than Madge. I don't think the books are ever in real time except for Exile.
#10: Author: aitchemelle, Location: West SussexPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 5:59 pm I tend to work on a vague sort of 50s ish time line for Clem&Tony (this means in fact I rely on mothers childhood memories for mid 50s!)
And I forget how old they are all the time too!