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 Post subject: Re: Crime and punishment
PostPosted: 18 Nov 2019, 00:51 
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I think it is. But we aren't told that he was never in school on a Saturday or that the pupils knew for sure he was somewhere else that day. The only circumstances in which it would be fair to blame Blossom would be if she should have known there was no chance the message was genuine. It's definitely an incident that highlights the perils of instant obedience but EBD doesn't explore it which is a shame.


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But then it does seem to be something that EMBD likes to do to her readers - give them the occasional jolt when it comes to moral issues. For me, the most blatant example is when Miss Annersley tells Bride (as Head Girl) that Diana Skelton won't be coming back to the school, even though they'd worked through all the business of The Wrecked Study and Bride had forgiven her. Diana has recently stolen two rings from her mother to sell so that she can pay off her gambling debts: Bride unsurprisingly expresses horror at this behaviour and is promptly rebuked for lack of compassion. That reaction seems to me entirely natural and realistic, especially in a carefully brought-up girl - 'hate the sin but not the sinner' is quite right, but it seems to me that compassion sometimes has to kick in after the initial shock.


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But then it does seem to be something that EMBD likes to do to her readers - give them the occasional jolt when it comes to moral issues. For me, the most blatant example is when Miss Annersley tells Bride (as Head Girl) that Diana Skelton won't be coming back to the school, even though they'd worked through all the business of The Wrecked Study and Bride had forgiven her. Diana has recently stolen two rings from her mother to sell so that she can pay off her gambling debts: Bride unsurprisingly expresses horror at this behaviour and is promptly rebuked for lack of compassion. That reaction seems to me entirely natural and realistic, especially in a carefully brought-up girl - 'hate the sin but not the sinner' is quite right, but it seems to me that compassion sometimes has to kick in after the initial shock.


For all that, the teachers (and other adults) don’t seem to be held to the same level. They say some unpleasant things about others and aren’t pulled up for it. Jo’s comments on Joan Baker, for instance. Or the remarks about Miss Bubb when she applied for work.


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And they're so nasty about Mrs Pertwee. OK, she sounds like a pain, but there's no compassion at all for a widow with no family support, who's only leaving her three children because she needs to go abroad for work reasons, to earn money to support them.

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PostPosted: 20 Nov 2019, 23:25 
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I did once assume that a message from a teacher to go to a particular room was a prank. The person who told it to me was, shall we say, not a nice person. The second person who said it was her friend, so that also didn't convince me. The third, and more worried-looking one, though...!


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