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 Post subject: The House that Jack Bought - for Chattie completed 23 Dec
PostPosted: 01 Dec 2011, 17:06 
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There will be more of this, but probably not every day ... :santa:

This is the house that Jack bought.

“...Our new home! Stand still a minute while I have a good look.”
Jo stopped short in the middle of the broad path and stood gazing. She saw a very big, four-storeyed house with plastered walls, frescoed and banded by three balconies reaching from the ground floor to the third floor. The wooden posts were carved and the close-set railings were high enough to prevent and accidents with heedless youngsters. The deep-pitched roof was weighted with heavy stones, roped on in the usual fashion of the Alps, and there were four dormer windows set in it. Beneath it came six small ones of the lattice type. The main bedroom floor had French windows opening on to the balcony, and on the ground floor there were three windows on each side of the door. The house stood on a little eminence and the front door was reached by half a dozen steps build sidewise to the house.

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 Post subject: Re: The House the Jack Bought - for Chattie from Santa 3 Dec
PostPosted: 03 Dec 2011, 22:43 
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This is the famous author, mother and wife
That lived in the house that Jack bought.


Joey Maynard, sister of Lady Russell who had started the school on the shores of the Tiernsee – the most beautiful of Tirol’s many beautiful lakes – more than twenty-five years before, and whose husband, Dr Jack Maynard, was head of the great Görnetz Sanatorium, laid proud claim to being the first of the school’s pupils. She was also the mother, not only of the Maynard triplets, but of three singleton boys, to quote herself; the twins, Felix and Felicity, her one singleton daughter, and the second batch of twins, Geoffrey and Philippa. In spite of all this she contrived to remain very much a girl both in character and looks and she always insisted that even if she lived to be a great-grandmother, she would be a Chalet Girl to the end.

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 Post subject: Re: The House the Jack Bought - for Chattie from Santa 4 Dec
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This is the handmaid that adored
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Anna watched them with an equally broad beam. She loved every member of the Maynard family, from the busy Doctor and his equally busy wife, down to big Bruno and Pompey, the budgerigar, who lived in a huge cage in the playroom to keep him safe from Nox, the black cat, who ruled in the kitchen. He was Anna’s own possession but when the fit seized him, he took possession of any chair or sofa that he chose and the gate at the head of the top flight of stairs was always kept securely latched as much on Pompey’s account as the babies’. But of them all, Len was secretly Anna’s special darling and had been from baby days. Not that this meant that the eldest Miss Maynard got much in the way of privileges as a result. Anna was a stern moralist and because Len was her favourite, she had always been stricter with her than with any of the others.

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 Post subject: Re: The House the Jack Bought - for Chattie from Santa 5 Dec
PostPosted: 05 Dec 2011, 12:20 
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These are the Triplets, Len Con and Margot
Brought up by the handmaid that adored
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Those people who knew the triplets well were wont to say that their mother’s chief characteristics had been well and truly split up amongst them. Len had all her mother’s gift for getting into the skin of other folk. Con had her imagination and powers of expression. Margot had her mischief and adventurous spirit. In addition, the youngest triplet had a hair-trigger temper, though of late years she had got it fairly well under control.

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 Post subject: Re: The House the Jack Bought - for Chattie from Santa
PostPosted: 05 Dec 2011, 12:40 
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Oh Santa, how could I have missed this, my own drabble?! Thank you, and I love the idea of the 'house that Jack bought' rhyme as its basis!


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 Post subject: Re: The House the Jack Bought - for Chattie from Santa
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 Post subject: Re: The House the Jack Bought - for Chattie from Santa
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I'm enjoying this, thank you Santa.


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 Post subject: Re: The House the Jack Bought - for Chattie from Santa 6 Dec
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This is the brother Stephen (not Green)
That followed the Triplets, Len Con and Margot
Brought up by the handmaid that adored
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That lived in the house that Jack bought.


...The next morning, the telephone rang just after breakfast, and when the Head come to Prayers, it was with a beaming face. After Prayers, she announced to the school that Joey Maynard had had a son at six o’clock that morning – a fine, big baby, who was to be baptized Stephen; and Doctor Jack insisted that, as a second name, he must be called ‘Green’!

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 Post subject: Re: The House the Jack Bought - for Chattie from Santa
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Thank you, Santa :D .

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 Post subject: Re: The House the Jack Bought - for Chattie from Santa 8 Dec
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This is Charles, the next to be born
That admired his brother Stephen (not Green)
That followed the Triplets, Len Con and Margot
Brought up by the handmaid that adored
The famous author, mother and wife
That lived in the house that Jack bought.


Charles, though so much a baby, was the one who wielded most influence in the nursery. He had a way of fixing his great grey eyes on any offender which made that person feel oddly ashamed. He was already exerting a far greater check on Margot's fits of unbridled rage than anyone else. When untidy Len left things lying about, the sight of her small brother carefully picking them up and putting them away sent her to do it herself. And Con, caught spooning sugar into her mouth from the nursery bowl, stopped short and said, 'It was only one, Charles, I'll tell Mamma; and I won't do it again.' And stuck to her word. And yet he was no prig, but the jolliest little boy imaginable, though he had periods when he liked to be alone.

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 Post subject: Re: The House the Jack Bought - for Chattie from Santa 8 Dec
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I have a soft spot for Charles. Thanks for the update, Santa!


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 Post subject: Re: The House the Jack Bought - for Chattie from Santa 10 De
PostPosted: 10 Dec 2011, 21:36 
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This is the mischief-maker, Mike
That turned black with Charles, the next to be born
That admired his brother Stephen (not Green)
That followed the Triplets, Len Con and Margot
Brought up by the handmaid that adored
The famous author, mother and wife
That lived in the house that Jack bought.


He was not a bad boy, but he kept everyone wondering what he would do next, for he was brimful of mischief. Joey was looking forward hopefully to the day when he would go to Dartmouth where she trusted naval discipline and training would tone him down as even school had not done.

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 Post subject: Re: The House the Jack Bought - for Chattie from Santa 10 De
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I've always liked Mike: I think the poor kid was just bored being stuck on the Gornetz Platz :lol: .

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 Post subject: Re: The House the Jack Bought - for Chattie 12 Dec
PostPosted: 12 Dec 2011, 21:12 
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These are Felix and Flixy, the twins,
Blonder than mischief-maker, Mike
That turned black with Charles, the next to be born
That admired his brother Stephen (not Green)
That followed the Triplets, Len Con and Margot
Brought up by the handmaid that adored
The famous author, mother and wife
That lived in the house that Jack bought.


"Then there are the twins— they’re just babies. Perfect ducks, both of them and as wicked as they come, especially Felix. Felicity has only spasms of being bad, but Felix is a demon all the time.”

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 Post subject: Re: The House that Jack Bought - Chattie from Santa 14 Dec
PostPosted: 14 Dec 2011, 14:21 
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This is the Coadjutor, Rösli
That nannied Felix and Flixy, the twins,
Who were blonder than mischief-maker, Mike
That turned black with Charles, the next to be born
That admired his brother Stephen (not Green)
That followed the Triplets, Len Con and Margot
Brought up by the handmaid that adored
The famous author, mother and wife
That lived in the house that Jack bought.


“The coadjutor. That’s what Nell Wilson said when she told me that she’d persuade the young sister of one of their maids at Welsen to come to you. ‘I’ve got a coadjutor for Anna, you can tell Jo,’ she said. The girls were there and heard her and took an immediate fancy to the title. They’ve called that unfortunate kid nothing else ever since ...”
“... How old is the girl, by the way?”
“Nell didn’t say. Sixteen or seventeen, I suppose. She’s a younger sister and she looks about that. Nell brought her up to introduce her to Anna. Luckily, they seemed to take to each other on the spot.”
“That’s something to be thankful for! If Anna hadn’t liked her that would have been the end of her.”

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 Post subject: Re: The House that Jack Bought - for Chattie 15 Dec
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This is the dark-haired singleton, Cecil,
That woke the Coadjutor, Rösli
That nannied Felix and Flixy, the twins,
Who were blonder than mischief-maker, Mike
That turned black with Charles, the next to be born
That admired his brother Stephen (not Green)
That followed the Triplets, Len Con and Margot
Brought up by the handmaid that adored
The famous author, mother and wife
That lived in the house that Jack bought.


Cecil was a lovely child - the pick of the basket for looks, her father was wont to declare. It was natural for anyone who was not blind to admire her. How often did you see such beautiful black curls, such great dark eyes and such a delicate pink-and-white colouring? As for her mouth, Anna thought it and her dainty nose the last word in mouths and noses!

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 Post subject: Re: The House that Jack Bought - for Chattie 17 Dec
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This is the big St Bernard, Bruno
That sniffed at the dark-haired singleton, Cecil,
That woke the Coadjutor, Rösli
That nannied Felix and Flixy, the twins,
Who were blonder than mischief-maker, Mike
That turned black with Charles, the next to be born
That admired his brother Stephen (not Green)
That followed the Triplets, Len Con and Margot
Brought up by the handmaid that adored
The famous author, mother and wife
That lived in the house that Jack bought.


... “Bruno decided he’d like a stroll, so he came too.”
Adrienne smiled at Len, but she kept a wary eye on the dog. She was not accustomed to dogs and last night Bruno had been shut in the doctor’s den. Joey had felt there would be noise and excitement enough without a huge dog to complicate matters, so Adrienne had not met him yet. He came up to her, his great tail going like a flail, his mouth open in a doggish grin.
Len noticed how the visitor flinched a little as he came to push his head against her, and laid a strong hand on his ruff. “Keep down, old man! Adrienne, this is Bruno, who is a very important member of our family. The school presented him to Mother years ago when he was only a pup. He’s very friendly. Bruno, give Adrienne a paw!”
Bruno solemnly presented a paw and, not without some inward qualms, the French girl shook it. She was relieved to find that when the little ceremony was over, Bruno shot ahead of them, racing madly over the lawn.

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 Post subject: Re: The House that Jack Bought - for Chattie 19 Dec
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These are the second twins, Geoffrey and Phil
That patted the big St Bernard, Bruno
That sniffed at the dark-haired singleton, Cecil
That woke the Coadjutor, Rösli
That nannied Felix and Flixy, the twins,
Who were blonder than mischief-maker, Mike
That turned black with Charles, the next to be born
That admired his brother Stephen (not Green)
That followed the Triplets, Len Con and Margot
Brought up by the handmaid that adored
The famous author, mother and wife
That lived in the house that Jack bought.


[Geoff was] a sturdy small boy whose straight hair was bright red and whose square-jawed face wore a liberal sprinkling of freckles... [Phil] was very thin and her little pointed face was pale under the chestnut fringe which crossed her brows.

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It must've been like a madhouse with so many people and a badly-behaved dog :lol: .

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