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 Post subject: Louise Redfield
PostPosted: 12 Nov 2019, 22:13 
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Louise seems not to have a character thread. Understandably, as she is often around without being central. Having just read The New Chalet School, I'm impressed with her leadership as Head Girl. We don't see too much, but what we see is impressive. When it becomes apparent that the Middles are up to something after hours, it's a fairly unique (so far) dilemma. Although the incident is likened to the Baby Voodoo sequence from New House, it actually plays out differently. Joey was alerted to Baby Voodoo as it was going on and just deployed her usual charge-right-in-there strategy. Louise has a dilemma: she needs to deploy the prefects after bedtime, but being out is an offence in itself. So, she leads a deputation to Miss Annersley and explains that the Middles are up to something but, don't worry, the prefects can handle it. This pays immediate dividends when Annersley, without needing fuller explanations, agrees and even re-assigns some rooms for the night to make it easier. In the same conversation, it is Louise who has the nerve/tact to bring up the difficult subject of Mademoiselle's state of health, about which some of the pupils know more than they've been officially told. The prefects are then given the full story and Louise very soberly tells the rest of the Sixth. Top points all round, and if Louise wishes to start a political party between now and the 12th December, I'll gladly vote for her over Johnson, Corbyn or the others.

My fondness for a number of characters around this point has rather sneaked up on me. Louise and Gillian didn't get enough to do, I feel. They're stuck inbetween the Quartet - the original stars - and some particularly bothersome Middles, both of which EBD seems to prefer writing about, but as they take their bow, I think I'm going to miss them.


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 Post subject: Re: Louise Redfield
PostPosted: 12 Nov 2019, 22:32 
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I think you've said it all :D - they come in between the Quartette and the Quintette! The people who are below Mary-Lou's Gang but above the triplets suffer the same fate. The fact that Louise's first term as HG is called "Jo Returns to the Chalet School" says it all.

They also suffer from EBD's decision to miss a couple of years so that Jo would be of more marriageable age before the school left Austria. I understand why she did that, but it's a shame for Louise & co, and for Evvy and Elsie as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Louise Redfield
PostPosted: 12 Nov 2019, 22:40 
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I feel there's quite a lot of attractive minor characters who lose out by the sandwiching effect.

In some ways, the Hereford years are good ones for this kind of characters in that Joey has definitely left school (even if she does keep reappearing) and her replacements in terms of Mary-Lou and the Triplets have not appeared.


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 Post subject: Re: Louise Redfield
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I completely agree - the Armishire and St Briavel's years work really well for that. Daisy, Beth and Gwensi, Gay and Jacynth and co, Peggy's group, Bride and Tom's group, Blossom and Sybil's group, Mary-Lou's year as juniors, Jennifer Penrose and co, Carola and Kat's group, all get plenty of "screen time", without anyone dominating.

The Carola/Kat year miss out on their time in the sun as Head Girl and prefects, though, because it's all about Mary-Lou by then. And the people immediately below the Inter V gang are anonymous. In the final year, when Jo, Ros, Alicia, Betty, Heather at al have left, there are several prefects I feel I know next to nothing about. Louise, Anne, Gillian and co at least get plenty of mentions, if not major plotlines, but Maria Zinkel, Jeanne Daudet, Eve Hurrell and Marie Huber are pretty anonymous!

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 Post subject: Re: Louise Redfield
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Another person who I think was glossed over is Primula. Although she’s sister to Daisy and a member of the MBR clan, she is always a shadowy background character. When she “stars” in Joey Goes, it just emphasizes how much she fades into the background.

And I always feel sorry for Sybil. She’s a fascinating character, but gets no visibility except as a morality lesson on vanity.


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 Post subject: Re: Louise Redfield
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Louise Redfield is David Moyes to Joey's Alex Ferguson, except more competent.

Also agreed about how undistinctive the girls in the Triplets' group are, the ones who get their own stories (Ted, Rikki and Ros) aside. They're just a bunch of random Swiss girls.


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:lol: :lol: I always have Hilda down as Sir Alex Ferguson, and whoever succeeds her as David Moyes, but, true, it can't have been much fun succeeding Joey or Mary-Lou either!

And I'm amazed EBD never refers to any of her faves as "The Special One" ...

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 Post subject: Re: Louise Redfield
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OOAO is definitely the Steven Gerrard of the Chalet School. Or maybe Ryan Giggs, if we're using Man United comparisons.

I wonder if EBD had planned for a successor for Miss Annersley. Miss Wilmot seems to be the fanfic choice, but she was only too happy to give Miss Annersley the reins back in Challenge. Actually, that seems like a topic for another thread.


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