I'm reading the CS and the Island at the moment (got hold of an Armada copy and am refreshing my acquaintance with it).
Right at the beginning there's an interesting recap of CS history to date (thereby tantalising readers who haven't read previous titles!). Miss Slater is the main recipient of the history and called 'Slater' most times, rather than Pam or Miss Slater. It puts her rather firmly on the outside right at the start, adn I'm beginning to wonder if it's because she isn't a CS girl that she never really fits in? She's told about Miss Bubb and we're told that
'Bill' had no wish to introduce strangers into the school again.
This woudl rather severely limit their choice of teaching staff in the future, I think.
We're introduced to Annis, who right at the beginning of term has been reported to Miss Annersley for an untidy cubicle. I have never heard of Hilda dealing with this before - I thought it was Matey who would handle this kind of misdemeanour?
The girls wear cream-coloured coats here. This seems ot be a little bit of an impractical colour for school coats, doesn't it? It sounds delightful, but not very useful.
We run into the usual complication of what to call step-sisters if we're not allowed to call them step-sisters - Cherry and Dickie's relationship is described as 'rather difficult to say', since Dickie's father married the litle girl's (Cherry's) mother. This is
step-sisters, isn't it? Or have to got it wrong?
I love the account ot the Juniors' fight in their common room - Miss Annersley deals with it all in utter silence, which I think is rather clever, intimidating the culprits while no doubt wondering how on earth she's going to deal with the mess. But of course, the girls have no idea that this is what is probably happening, and react to the silence as if it's part of the intimidation - it is in part, but I do wonder if the greater part is planning her next actions!
What are gauzes used for in science lessons, please? Kathie burns her hair on a Bunsen Burner and is asked by Bill where her gauze is. At first I thought it was some kind of hair covering, but when she says she forgot to use the gauze, Nell tells her to put her gauze on her work and carry on. Then she's told that in future she's to cover her hair with something - so what is
a gauze and what's it used for?
Jo arrives in the science lab and has something to say to each girl there. When it comes to NG Dickie Christie she says,
'I'm certain you're Dickie Christie! You wrote to me two years ago, didn't you, about one of my books?'
Now I can see that Jo might have heard about DC as a NG, and given that she's the only one in that form it would make it easy for Jo to identify her. But I wondered about the 'you wrote to me two years ago' comment - if Jo didn't get may letters from fans it would be easy to remember that Dickie had written, but I am also wondering if, every time there's a NG, Joey frantically looks at her Fan Letter Spreadsheet, linked directly to each letter and what it said, of course, and genned do that she could then breeze in and sya she remebered it? Which is it, do you think? Hardly any letters, or many, all stored in complicated files?
Kester Bellever, the World Famous Ornithologist, comes to give a lecture to the girls, using slides he has prepared himself. They are to be shown using the school's lantern which is
run off the electric power plant that happened to be in an outhouse just behind the big army hut used for the Kindergarten.
It takes Commander Christie a few hours (I think) to get it set up, so it's obviously more than a matter of plugging it in the nearest socket, and this made me wonder - they do have electricity, but does that mean that we can't assume they do have sockets in each room? I just wonder why it would have taken him so long to get it all set up.
Jo presents the School with boats and they are all at the cove, starting to get into them. However, Hilary Burn runs forward, as Games Mistress, to say something about tides and currents. Would Joey have told Hilary about it all so that she had time to look it all up, do you think? I can't see how she'd have such local knowledge easily to hand, especially when the School hasn't ever rowed there before.
That's it for now ...