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 Post subject: Re: Books: Shocks for the Chalet School
PostPosted: 17 Aug 2017, 13:18 
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An even more striking example is in the Abbey books with all the little girls named Rose with their godmother being Rosamund, Countess of Kentisbury.)


Those always did my head in. There must have been a couple of morris sides of them in the end!


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Back in the day when childbirth was more dangerous, the godmother often took the responsibility for ensuring the child was christened - and hence often came up with the name! If the mother was too sick to leave her bed, and the christening had to be done in a hurry the godmother would take over the arrangements, and if the child was really sick the last thing on anyone's mind was the name, they would just want the child baptised asap.

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Yes of course it is indeed usually the parents!

EBD does this in the La Rochelle books too - Honeysuckle Raphael gets her name from a godmother, remembering a casual conversation that they should follow Heather and Hazel with Honeysuckle!


However on that occasion isn't the mother still recovering from childbirth, the father away at war so the godmother took the poorly baby to be christened


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And the obsession with having more kids than everyone else is just sad. Thank God there was no social media in those days - Joey would be the ultimate humble bragger.


Dear me, can you imagine Joey on Facebook. It would be horrendous.


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And the obsession with having more kids than everyone else is just sad. Thank God there was no social media in those days - Joey would be the ultimate humble bragger.


Dear me, can you imagine Joey on Facebook. It would be horrendous.


Oh goodness me, there's an idea for a drabble! :twisted: she would be horrific, wouldn't she?

Going back to the godmother thing, I did appreciate the fact that EBD's namesakes did at least use different names, so there was not too much confusion between Josette and Jo Scott, or Len and Bill etc


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Going back to the godmother thing, I did appreciate the fact that EBD's namesakes did at least use different names, so there was not too much confusion between Josette and Jo Scott, or Len and Bill etc


And using Margaret several times meant there were lots of options.


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Yet when Madge has the twins she says Kester is the old form of Christopher so no-one else can use Christopher as a name. I really have never got my head round that.

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As far as I was concerned, there was only one person who could name my children, and that person was me. (Or should I say I?)

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As far as I was concerned, there was only one person who could name my children, and that person was me. (Or should I say I?)

Surely there was someone else who got a say? :) It takes two to tango!


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Only one has to do the pushing and go through the pain! (She says, slightly frantically, having to do that exact thing in 4 months time.)

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Congratulations, though Kate - are you feeling vey busy? :)


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I was in labour for six days with my first, horrendous delivery, and my then husband was in Zambia blockading the South Rhodesians.

So I named my first child, and with my second, the Registrar had a room at the hospital, so I did the naming and got the birth certificate.

I did the horrendous pushing, I was the one with all the stitches, so I got to do the naming.

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Congratulations Kate!


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