MMarani FamilyWhat is known of the Gisela and Maria Marani's family life?
The Marani sisters lived in the Innsbruck suburb of Wilten, which was quite a distance from the Mariahilfe where Bernhilda and Frieda Mensch lived. During the summer of School At
Herr Marani had taken a holiday home at Torteswald on the Tiernsee as it was cheaper than living in town.MaynardWas Miss Maynard Jack’s twin or younger sister?
In some books Mollie Maynard is referred to as Jack's twin, in others she is the older - though I suppose that both statements could be true if she was older twin. What's the correct spelling of Moll(y/ie) Maynard‘s name?
Her name is occasionally spelt Molly, but more usually spelt Mollie. After she emigrated to get married how many times are there that she and Jack saw each other again? Am I right in thinking it was just the once (Reunion)?
There are never any references to Jack going to New Zealand, and the only mention of Mollie visiting Jack after she emigrated is in Reunion.Wasn't there a reference of some brother or cousin who hated Joey?
Jack and Mollie Maynard had an older brother Robert - an officer in the army who was married to Lydia - she is the one that does not get on with Joey - mostly I think because she had a child Rolf who dies through some disobedience and everyone blamed Lydia for spoiling the boy and not instilling discipline into him. Then Joey having triplets rubbed salt in the wound.
Info in the short story 'Joey's Convict' says there are 11 years between Robert and Mollie because there were 3 other children born then - a daughter Dorothy who only lived a few months and two sons Steve and Charlie who died of typhoid.Where is the Maynard family home?
The house in the New Forest is called Pretty Maids - Mrs Maynard - Jack and Mollie's mother, was living there when Joey was a schoolgirl but, later the house came to Jack as she and Robert had both died. It must have been fairly substantial as Joey talks of letting the National Trust have it. Where did Jack train as a Doctor?
In Joey Shoves Her Oar In
we are told that Jack is a Oxford rowing blue, while in Redheads
he trained at St Thomas' hospital. It's possible he could have done both being based at St Thomas' for part of his training. In Carola
it is mentioned that Jack trained to be a doctor with Carola's Father but where is not mentioned.What did Jack do during the war?
A discussion about this can be found here:board/archive/files/jt_jackswar_080410.htm Which musical instruments were played by the Maynard children?
Len played the fiddle (violin)
Con played the cello
Margot played the viola.
Con picked up her cello case and went with Margot who was burdened with her viola. Len had a fiddle. As Joey Maynard had once said, “My family seem to have taken a hate at the piano. Felicity will have to take it on, though, or there’ll be no one to play accompaniments!” which, as Dr. Jack observed, was looking rather far ahead!
Len took up her violin case...
Phil and Geoff wanted to play the flute Two Sams
Cecil was said at one point to already have a sweet singing voice and Con and Margot had good voices.For further info see archived discussion here.Who were the Maynard Children's Godparents?
The only Godparents mentioned in the books are as follows:
Len- Nell Wilson and Gottfried Mensch
Con- Con Stewart and Eugen von Wertheim
Margot- Grace Nalder and Herr Anserl
Stephen- Frieda and Captain Lucas (Jack's commander from the war)
Cecil- RobinWhat were the names of the Triplets Canadian pen friends?
Len- Cordelie (acute accent over the first e)
Margot- AmelieMedical Qualifications
As Jem, Jack, Phil Graves (all other British doctors etc) had qualified as doctor's in the UK it seems that they were automatically allowed to practice in Austria and Switzerland. However Gottfried Mensch was required to take additional training and exams before he was allowed to practice in the UK despite his prior experience.Bishop Mensch
Is Great-Uncle to Frieda, Bernhilda and Gottfried. He appears in Eustacia
(where he appears at the sale), Carola
, and Ruey
(where he officiates at the chapel dedication).Frau MiedersDo we know what happened to her in the war?
She stays Austria with her mother and sister Lieserl, as her sister is eighteen and unlikely to be able to leave.
In Lavender, it says that her mother died due to suffering under the Nazi regime, and she and her sister managed to escape to England after 'sundry thrilling adventures', losing all their possessions.
However, in Richenda, she is going to go to Kufstein to see her mother and 'little Gretchen'.For further info see archived discussion here.