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 Post subject: Re: Jean of Storms
PostPosted: 15 May 2012, 10:56 
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Llywela wrote:
I can totally understand the reasons why they initially felt it might be best to send each child to her father's people - sometimes practically has to win out. It's the casual way in which it is discussed that really struck me, though, not the slightest consideration given to the fact that the girls are sisters and each of them is all the other has, now they are orphans, so that separating them is going to be an additional trauma for them. It is no doubt a very accurate reading on how such a situation would have been handled at the time, it just reads as quite cold.

But then Jean is later so concerned for Kirsty, and takes her on so willingly after all, that it makes up for the initial coldness.


I think the perception was that orphans were lucky to have somewhere to go at all and that having food and clothes were the priority. I don't think Jean's attitude to Kirsty is kind or understanding but it is realistic. Jean is flawed and I think views Kirsty as a bumptious brat who needs taking down a peg or two. Plus there is the whole clannishness attitude. I think one of the book's strengths is that Jean makes mistakes and grows as a person so by the end she can care for Kirsty without a blood-tie.

I love this and wish it had been allowed a proper ending.


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PostPosted: 04 Jan 2014, 10:31 
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Alison H wrote:
It seems very harsh but I can understand the thinking behind sending them to their "own" relations - it's ages since I read the book, but IIRC there were no relatives on the mother's side so they were each sent to the relatives of their (different) fathers, but correct me if I'm wrong! - but I really didn't like Jean's very negative reaction when her step-niece asked about when she'd be able to come and visit her half-sister, and I thought it was really horrible that she wouldn't let her step-niece call her "Auntie". I can just about understand someone not wanting to be called Mum/Dad/Grandma/Grandad by a step-relative, but most people are quite happy to be called Auntie/Uncle by friends' children, children's friends, the little boy/girl who lives down the lane, etc, so why not by a step-niece :( ?


It really made Jean seem nasty to a kid who has just lost her parents and was about to lose her sister. Given it was a serial, I wonder if EBD got some negative feedback about Jean in that regard and therefore changed Jean's attitude?

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 Post subject: Re: Jean of Storms
PostPosted: 09 Sep 2015, 06:27 
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I finished Jean of Storms yesterday. Had downloaded it on Kindle. I did not like it. Well it is OK and written by EDB. But do not feel like reading it again. Only interesting thing was Mollie Stewart. Was she the same one mentioned in CS?
Mollie is a well drawn character than Jean.


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