#1: Miss Everett Author: jonty, Location: ExeterPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 7:12 pm How much is known about Miss Everett? I've just invented a luvverly back-story for her, and it's only just occured to me that I might be contradicting what's in the books. Not that it matters, exactly, but if I'm going to make major bloopers I suppose it's better to do it knowingly
#2: Author: Pat, Location: DoncasterPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 7:22 pm I believe she was 'properly trained' somewhere, and was gardener to one of the Lucy/Ozanne/Chester families on Guernsey. she evacuated with them to the mainland, as she was there during the war years at Plas Howell.
#3: Author: Róisín, Location: IrelandPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 7:27 pm Having just finished the LRs, I can tell you that she *doesn't* appear there at all. Exile must be her first book?
#4: Author: Pat, Location: DoncasterPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 7:29 pm Exile was the first - after they got to Guernsey. She came specifically to teach gardening as part of the war effort.
#5: Author: jonty, Location: ExeterPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 7:40 pm Thanks! I've found the right bit in Exile now, having combed through Goes To It, Highland Twins and Lavender in vain, grrrr. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!
#6: Author: jennifer, Location: TaiwanPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 6:29 am She had a BSc in science and had studied at Swanley. She was the Lucy's gardener, but was a visiting mistress at the school as well.
What I can't figure out is why she then followed the school to St Briaval's
#7: Author: Miriam, Location: Jerusalem, IsraelPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 9:21 pm Maybe the Lucy's/Chester's/Ozanne's had returned to Geurnsey by that time and she didn't want to go back there?
She could have felt her employment prospects were better on the mainland than they would have been on Geurnsey where probably very few people had money for a gardener in the immediate aftermath of WW2. THe school probably offered her a full time position at some point, as gardening expanded as a subjuct, and she decided to take it.
#8: Author: Pat, Location: DoncasterPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 9:28 pm I assumed that she went to the mainland with the Lucys, as they went to Armiford. She was at the school during the war years and then disappeared, so maybe she went back to Guernsey after the Liberation.
#9: Author: Miriam, Location: Jerusalem, IsraelPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 9:32 pm She does feature in a few of the St Briavels books, right up to 'Changes' I think, but certainly earlier. She rescues Miss Burnett from the well in 'Shocks'.
#10: Author: Caroline, Location: ManchesterPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 11:34 am Didn't she have two different first names, too? Rhyll in some books and, er, was it Betty, randomly, in one of the St Briavels books?
#11: Author: Loryat, Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 5:26 pm She's the first teacher I noticed addressing a colleague by their surname. They all randomly start doing it in Shocks I think, and then when it stopped being the fashion in the real world they suddenly start talking to each other normally. Which, when you think about it, is probably what really happened. But when Miss Everett does it the first time in Shocks, I thought it was an example of a masculine nature.
#12: Author: KB, Location: Melbourne, AustraliaPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 10:43 pm Actually, she doesn't get named until almost the end of her time in the books. After appearances in Goes To It, Highland Twins and Gay, there is a long gap without her being named at all (from Mystery to Wrong), then for several books they just use her surname (as in the well incident in Shocks), however she is Betty is Bride and then Rhyll in Changes.
As well as gardening, she helps with the cows and the poultry in Highland Twins.