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 Post subject: Re: Books: Eustacia Goes to the Chalet School
PostPosted: 14 Mar 2017, 16:57 
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I think she picked the wrong story for it, TBH. The whole bleak What Katy Did-esque moral thing might have worked better if it had been Thekla or Betty or Margot who'd ended up confined to bed or a chair for the best part of two years, rather than Eustacia who was, to use EBD's own expression, more sinned against than sinning.

I don't want to anticipate a discussion that's due in a few weeks, but the Balbini twins being too late to see their mother before she died is probably the only other storyline that's in the same league of bleakness, but the characters vanish afterwards, apart from one brief reappearance.

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 Post subject: Re: Books: Eustacia Goes to the Chalet School
PostPosted: 15 Mar 2017, 15:01 
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The story is quite old fashioned and What-Katy-Did-y.

If you compare Eustacia to Exploits you can see that EBD wants us to sympathise a bit with Eustacia - we get much more insight into the inner workings of her mind and moments where she realises her bahaviour is awful, as opposed to Thekla who is presented almost entirely from the 'outside', if that makes sense. Then her 'punishment/reform' seems very long because EBD devotes a book a term to Jo's head girlship and an extra one for the camp. Up until then the Tyrol books have been much more jumpy. But Eustacia's long recovery just gives Madge more time to shine which I suspect EBD was quite happy about. And more opportunities to ram her message home as well :roll:


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