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 Post subject: Re: Books: Ruey Richardson - Chaletian
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Yikes, that bit about Ted's appearance is missing from my abridged version. I had a mane of messy hair and equally thick, unkempt eyebrows as a kid. I had hair on my upper lip, too. Joey would have made mincemeat out of me!

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We didn't shave our legs in the late '50s, we used the appallingly smelly Veet cream....


I used Immac. It didn't smell too good either.

Regarding Joey going on about Ted's appearance, Joey was quite nasty. On the other hand she was talking to people she trusted and I suppose it was out of concern for Ted.

In years gone by was a person considered a bit shallow if she/he was too concerned about their appearance.

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The CS books are obsessed with looks! Girls even pride themselves on how pretty their teachers are, and, in one book, Miss Norman remarks on how pretty all her colleagues are. Who does that?! You'd think that "handsome is as handsome does" and "beauty is only skin deep" would fit in better with the CS ethos, but they're all obsessed with what people look like, especially in the Swiss books.

The usual tradition in literature is that the heroine is not pretty, or at least that she's less pretty than her sister or her best friend, and that it's personality that counts. EBD does do that with Joey, and even Madge and Mary-Lou are not particularly beautiful compared with other people, but, by the later Swiss books, everyone is practically Miss World standard!

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I remember getting the 3 in 1 paperback as a child, with Ruey, Leader and Trick.
Even then, I thought the new dresses sounded horrific. I cannot imagine what scarlet honeycombing or white revers look like. if anyone ever drew a sketch of the dress as described I'd love to see it!

My own secondary school hung onto summer dresses (green gingham in their own print, blooming expensive for a comprehensive) until 1995, but no one ever wore them.


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"No girl would be expected to give her mind to lessons who is allowed to go about looking like a little freak!"

That's an interesting correlation between academic performance and physical appearance, too.

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That's different :lol: . The usual stereotype is that the girls who concentrate don't bother about what they look like - think Jo in the early books when she's writing, and her hair is a mess and she's got ink all over her fingers - and the ones who do worry about what they look like are frivolous and empty-headed!

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AilidhNoor wrote:
I remember getting the 3 in 1 paperback as a child, with Ruey, Leader and Trick.
Even then, I thought the new dresses sounded horrific. I cannot imagine what scarlet honeycombing or white revers look like. if anyone ever drew a sketch of the dress as described I'd love to see it!
Honeycombing is a type of smocking, as shown here. Revers are the wedge-shaped front bits of a collared neckline: here. I think it would be pretty impractical from the laundering POV, regardless of appearance...


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Thats become even worse in my imagination than what I already had in mind


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Looking at Noreens links makes me very glad I didn't have to wear that style of dress....


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Just think, the other styles must have been truly hideous and horrendous if the chosen design was the best and most attractive.

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Honeycombing or smocking is something that I think is suitable for dresses for babies or little girls not teenagers............

It must have been quite expensive to produce.


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