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I recently read Gerry Goes to School for the first time and really enjoyed it. I was expecting her to be priggish like Eustacia, so it was nice to see EBD had her as a nice, ordinary child adapting to new circumstances.

I was a bit baffled by the ending though. Isn't it out of character for Aunt Alicia and Aunt Charlotte to offer to send Jill to medical school? They seem to have quite set ideas about appropriate education and pursuits for girls, and medical school doesn't strike me as fitting in with them. Or wouldn't they be concerned that their little niece is being exposed to some unfitting ideas in the Trevannors' home?

The rector mentions that money is tight what with all the children, so it's bit weird that he wouldn't take the aunts' up on their offer to pay for Gerry's care and upkeep and instead invest so much money in one child.

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Unfortunately I can't help out with this one other than put in a few thoughts later down in this note. I haven't been able to read this book.

There was another character that had help with schooling (or maybe I have it wrong) but didn't Reg Entwhistle receive help for his doctor schooling?


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Yes - Jack agreed to pay for him to go to public school, and presumably also paid for him to go to medical school. It's very Victorian philanthropist stuff, given that Reg was a complete stranger, not a nephew.

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The rector mentions that money is tight what with all the children, so it's bit weird that he wouldn't take the aunts' up on their offer to pay for Gerry's care and upkeep and instead invest so much money in one child.
I think that was the kind of attitude that prevailed in earlier times, though - you wouldn't take money from outside the immediate family to feed and clothe a relative, however distant. This was often expressed as being 'for their daily bread', so reinforced by the reference to the Lord's prayer - and a vicar would be thought especially grasping for taking money for this purpose. A doctor's training would be one of the most expensive career options and hardest things to achieve for a girl at that date, on the other hand - I'm not quite convinced that Jill wouldn't have changed her mind in the end, but we'll never know!


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I know it's a plot device, but I always find it strange that Anne Chester won't accept the Lucys' offer to pay school fees for Beth, even though Peter has already accepted the Ozannes' offer to pay school fees for the boys. I think the excuse is that Paul Ozanne is their godfather as well as their uncle, and Anne wasn't aware that Peter had agreed because she'd been ill at the time, but it seems a picky distinction even so.

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