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 Post subject: Re: Books: The Chalet School Goes To It
PostPosted: 29 Apr 2017, 14:20 
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It is possible that Granny Maynard had money in her own right, and left it to Joey children, independently of whatever she may have had as Jacks mother.

It is not uncommon for dowry money, or money from a wife's family etc to be treated as separate.


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If Frieda was interned then why wouldn't Joey's Anna be also ?


They wouldn't dare! How would Joey manage without her? Why was Anna not interred though?


Erm........because she wasn't dead? :lol:

I love this book but I do wish Joey and Madge had been shown to be a bit more involved with war work. Young mothers might have been exempt but it didn't stop them wanting to do their bit. I've seen a photo in a history textbook of a group of young wartime mothers on a march demanding nurseries so they can do war work.

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PostPosted: 29 Apr 2017, 21:41 
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RubyGates wrote:
Audrey25 wrote:
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If Frieda was interned then why wouldn't Joey's Anna be also ?


They wouldn't dare! How would Joey manage without her? Why was Anna not interred though?


Erm........because she wasn't dead? :lol:

I love this book but I do wish Joey and Madge had been shown to be a bit more involved with war work. Young mothers might have been exempt but it didn't stop them wanting to do their bit. I've seen a photo in a history textbook of a group of young wartime mothers on a march demanding nurseries so they can do war work.

ETA: https://goo.gl/photos/NHDgqyqPLcYEVC9G6



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Going back to Mary-Lou - I always imagined that she would have married Tony if anyone......

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Mary-Lou and Tony would have been brilliant.


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Carrie A wrote:
Going back to Mary-Lou - I always imagined that she would have married Tony if anyone......

Wasn't Tony younger than Mary Lou? EBD's favourite characters usually got husbands who were a good few years older.

And in ML's case, if she married at all, I think an older man would suit her best, and perhaps marrying when she was in her thirties and established in her profession.


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Apart from the fact I do think Mary-Lou and Tony would have worked well, I also don't think she would have married - if at all - until she was well into her thirties and then to someone older in the same profession.

I do wonder if the series had gone on if EBD would have matched her up with Rix or David? I don't think that would have worked though.


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PostPosted: 06 Jun 2017, 02:13 
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I think EBD probably had Rix or David planned for Mary-Lou. But I have a feeling Mary-Lou wouldn't necessarily go along with those plans.

She'd be of an age where it was possible for women to keep their jobs after marriage, and also hitting an era where she could get reliable birth control, so I could see her marrying a fellow academic, and keeping her wandering life. Maybe a fellow archaeologist, or a historian or writer. She'd need to be fairly well advanced in her career, though, to have a good chance of keeping in the field. And kids would make it a lot harder, with a travel-heavy position. I could also see her marrying someone who was willing to support her in her career, and travel along, and take care of the kids while she was on digs.

I have known several academic couples of her generation, some with kids. A couple of them both had professor positions, although it was also pretty common for the husband to have the professorship, and the wife to be a perpetual contract employee, doing basically the same job, but with lower pay, worse benefits and no job security.

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She could focus on teaching and writing for a time, while her children were young, and go excavating in the long summer vac, leading student digs.

She could even do television. I think she'd come across quite well on TV - good to look at, strong personality and authoritative manner, 'clarion tones'.


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I always imagine Mary-Lou (if she marries) like that archaeologist in Gaudy Night who travels with her husband, leaving various children with grandparents and enjoying an equal partnership with her husband.

She is such a strong, independent character that I can't see her letting EBD marry her tamely off to a doctor.

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I always imagine Mary-Lou (if she marries) like that archaeologist in Gaudy Night who travels with her husband, leaving various children with grandparents and enjoying an equal partnership with her husband.


That's what comes to mind for me too. But it would probably be Joey who got the kids, or maybe Len and Reg.

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There’s lots to enjoy in this book, I feel – speaking as a first-time reader. Maturing is always going to be a theme in any long-running school series and this one gives us Corney coming into her own as a solid Head Girl, plus some excellent writing as Elizabeth starts to grow up, leaving Betty behind. It’s also a good war book. The first half of Exile was a great ‘Rise of the Nazis’ novel, but I think that the Guernsey sequences don’t really reflect the war experience because it was written before it really got started and no-one knew what that experience was/would be. Now it’s digging for victory and air raid shelters. Simone’s wartime wedding is nice, but I’d happily have seen it expanded. Whilst Simone was always destined for the altar (because all the characters in these books are, unless they take religious orders) I wonder if EBD married Simone off in this book because she regretted not writing Jo’s wedding.

I thought I’d miss the Tyrol, but didn’t. It’s surprising how a good conversation about potatoes can banish your yearning for an Austrian lake. Most of all, I enjoyed this book because it was the most confident one for a while. Since the Quartet left the school, the books have been unable to shake them off and let a new cast emerge. The title of The New Chalet School suggests that was the plan, but Joey turned up and hogged too much narrative space. Here, the old girls have a reason to be present (because where else are the French and Austrian girls going to flee to?) as does Joey, because she’d be involved when the family business moves location. The fascination of the youngsters with the triplets gives her a good reason to interact with them and the new trio of Beth, Daisy and Gwensi get to establish themselves as adventurers and a viable new central cast. Will they get the narrative room they deserve (comments elsewhere on the board make me hope)?


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PostPosted: 21 Nov 2019, 21:29 
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Miles wrote:
Here, the old girls have a reason to be present (because where else are the French and Austrian girls going to flee to?) as does Joey, because she’d be involved when the family business moves location. The fascination of the youngsters with the triplets gives her a good reason to interact with them and the new trio of Beth, Daisy and Gwensi get to establish themselves as adventurers and a viable new central cast. Will they get the narrative room they deserve (comments elsewhere on the board make me hope)?
I think they do, but I've never forgiven EMBD for making Daisy effectively give up as a doctor when she marries and has children - that is simply not how it was then. The women of her generation who'd put all that effort into securing a place at medical school, and had worked hard to get their qualifications, often worked part time when they had their own children, but I've never met one who gave up for any length of time (OK, I've only known three, but I knew them well).

PS Glad you've enjoyed this one, Miles - the wartime books are among my favourites.


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