This week we are going to look at Gerry Goes to School
with particular reference to change. The NCC
has a synopsis of the story here
. This was the first book written by EBD; it was originally published by Chambers in 1922, and has been reprinted several times since then, most recently by GGBP
, although it is now out of print.
Gerry, the heroine, is subjected to an enormous upheaval in her life when she is sent away from the only home she remembers with two elderly and old-fashioned great-aunts to live with the large Trevennor family. As Gerry settles in, the dynamics of the Trevennor family are altered: Jill feels that Paul spends more time with Gerry than with his own sister. Gerry also has to get used to going to school for the first time. There are changes afoot at the school, too, where the younger girls strike to protest at their treatment by some of the older ones. There are changes coming to Margaret, the eldest of the Trevennor girls, by the end of the book.
Please discuss any thoughts about these and other changes in the book below. Feel free to talk about any other aspects, too.
Next week we'll be looking at A Head Girl's Difficulties
with particular reference to growing up.