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 Post subject: Re: Books: The Exploits of the Chalet Girls
PostPosted: 08 Mar 2017, 13:44 
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I was just proofing a book on time and clocks (scans are here), and on p. 171-172:
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As the hour hand revolves
it carries a cam so arranged as to be deeper cut
away for the twelfth hour, less for the eleventh,
and so on. When the minute hand comes to the
hour it releases the striking mechanism, which,
urged by a weight, begins to revolve, and, driving
an arm carrying a pin, raises a hammer, which
goes on striking away as the arm revolves. This
would continue for ever if it were not that at the
same moment an arm is liberated which falls
against the cam. At each stroke the arm is (by
the striking apparatus) raised a bit back into
position. When it comes back into position it stops
the striking. It thus acts as a counter, or reckoner
of the blows given, stopping the movement when
the clock has struck sufficiently. If the counting
mechanism fails to act, we have the phenomenon
which occasionally occurs of a "Grandfather" clock
striking the whole of the hours for the week
without stopping.


It's possible that EBD had heard or witnessed a similar case to the one quoted?

Regarding "the cat's mother," the context was that Rix had been told by Madge not to stand on his head:

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"She does it," said Rix pointing aggrievedly at Evadne, thereby making that young lady blush and choke into her coffee.

"Who's 'she'?" demanded Jo.

"The cat's mother," said Rix calmly ...


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PostPosted: 08 Mar 2017, 14:52 
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So Thekla's parents, while terrible snobs, are anti-Nazi?


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A lot of Junkers were. Many of them may well have shared the Nazi Party's views on ethnic and religious minorities, German nationalism and taking over Austria, but they generally weren't keen on the party itself. National Socialism attracted a lot of support from the lower-classes, and was centred in the south of Germany rather than in Prussia. It's hard to know exactly what EBD meant by "Young Germany", though, whether she was referring to the Nazis specifically or whether she meant that Thekla's mother was opposed to extreme German nationalism in general.

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Wouldn't it be the case that families like the Von Stifts would look down on a little upstart like Hitler?


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I asked my German friend, whose husband is old enough to remember the period in question, whether they made anything of "Young Germany" or rather "Junges Deutschland" It wasn't a phrase familiar to either of them but her googling came up with references to some connection with German colonialism in the early 20th century and upcoming Nazism.

I think we shouldn't forget that Hitler and some of his ideas found quite a lot of support amongst the British aristocracy, and possibly also some members of the Royal Family, so the same may have applied to the German aristocracy. Thekla's father may not have been as anti as her mother for example.

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cestina wrote:
Loryat wrote:

Is anyone able to explain what 'Young Germany', as alluded to by EBD, would have meant? Is it democracy or Nazism?

I think this clip from Cabaret will give you as chilling and clear an answer as is possible without a lengthy dissertation......


The bit at the end where Michael York's character says "You still think you can control them?" sends the biggest shiver down my spine. I quite often use that clip when teaching the rise of the Nazis.

I think one of the strengths of the pre WWII books is that EBD doesn't ignore what is happening in Germany and how it has the potential to impact on the lives of people at the Chalet School. Is it in Exile where Miss Denny talks about going to Germany or Vienna, but she won't if it looks like there will be more trouble?

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I think possibly EBD's greatest strength in her writing of the whole series was that she separated Nazism from Germany and didn't tar them all with the same brush. There is good and bad in every single nationality. EBD was way ahead of her time.


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As an aside, we currently have a mantle clock my husband bought some time ago. It strikes on the hour, but the number of strikes seems completely random. We got to 26 o'clock the other day :shock:

It always makes me smile, as i count, and think of the Chalet clock.


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I have just noticed (after many years, to my embarrassment) that my 90's paperback
of Exploits mentions Joey MAYNARD on the blurb!! Large bit of oversight from the publishers.


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