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PostPosted: 31 Oct 2018, 10:04 
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How do you think the girls at Glendower house felt when the triplets went to switzerland, and they were left in England because they were to young?

Are there any other incidents of preferential treatment of the MBR clan?


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PostPosted: 31 Oct 2018, 10:18 
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I never understand why EBD did that. Why didn't she just make the cut-off age 10? I understand that parents might have been reluctant to send girls of primary school age to school abroad, but that never bothered her in the Tyrol books, and she changed her mind a few years later and decided that the Swiss branch should have juniors after all. And it's hardly as if she was that worried about being realistic - as if a school would just up sticks and move to another country at two minutes' notice, anyway!

I think Bride was an obvious choice as HG, and arguably Peggy as well, and there was no strong alternative in Josette's form, but I don't see why Maeve should have been HG rather than someone like Jo Scott. The triplets also seem to get special treatment in that Miss Annersley discusses school business with them in Challenge, but Mary-Lou gets told a lot more confidential info than they do. And Margot gets let off her punishment in New Mistress - that's not so much because she's Joey's daughter as that the Maynards live next door so are able to have a birthday party, but it's still special treatment.

The one that really annoys me is in Eustacia, when Robin is allowed to go on the trip to Fulpmes but Anne Seymour has to miss the highlight of the trip to babysit her. The excuse was that Die Rosen was full up with visitors, but couldn't either Robin or one of the visitors have stayed elsewhere?

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Alison H wrote:
The one that really annoys me is in Eustacia, when Robin is allowed to go on the trip to Fulpmes but Anne Seymour has to miss the highlight of the trip to babysit her. The excuse was that Die Rosen was full up with visitors, but couldn't either Robin or one of the visitors have stayed elsewhere?


It's weird that Madge tells Jo that she wants her to visit the glacier, but expects somebody else to pass up that opportunity and stay with Robin instead of Jo. If the glacier is so important that Jo (who, after all, lives relatively close) shouldn't miss seeing it, then why would somebody else want to stay behind?

(Apart from the needs of the story, of course!)


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The triplets going to Switzerland is definitely nepotism. It's hard on the triplets too - they're over a year younger than the next oldest girl in the school, which had to be difficult socially. And they start out as day girls; the only girls in the school who aren't full boarders, which would set them apart even more. And it's particularly hard for Margot. Len's naturally mature, academically advanced and well behaved, and Con retreats into her own imagination, but Margot's an impulsive not very hard working kid, is expected to be a good two years more advanced than her age in bother behaviour and academics, and is shamed when she can't manage it. It's also only for two terms, as the school gets juniors the following summer.

And really, Joey could have stayed in England for an additional two terms while Jack is in Switzerland getting established. She moves away from Jack for a year with no qualms earlier - from Island to Carola.

Sending Robin on the half-term expedition likewise makes no sense. If she's so delicate that an evening of worry threatens to send her into a fatal decline there's no way she should have been sent away from Madge and Jem's care.

I would say Margot's treatment in general is nepotism. If she weren't a Maynard her outbursts of temper and blackmail would have been treated more seriously (particularly nearly killing Betty), and she would definitely not have been made Games Prefect. But that's also hard on her. She doesn't have the personality and maturity to be Games Prefect, so she's being set up to fail.

Early in the series Joey's treatment is also a sort of nepotism. Madge makes the decision early on to treat school business as Bettany family business, which means telling Joey information that really should have been confidential, and Joey does get treated differently than the rest of the school when it comes to discipline.

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PostPosted: 01 Nov 2018, 12:46 
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Alison H wrote:
I never understand why EBD did that. Why didn't she just make the cut-off age 10? I understand that parents might have been reluctant to send girls of primary school age to school abroad, but that never bothered her in the Tyrol books, and she changed her mind a few years later and decided that the Swiss branch should have juniors after all. And it's hardly as if she was that worried about being realistic - as if a school would just up sticks and move to another country at two minutes' notice, anyway!


It's particularly odd as the likely demand for school places from locals, patients and San staff would be for primary school and nursery aged children, many on a day basis.


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PostPosted: 01 Nov 2018, 20:48 
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Margot not being punished more severely for the blackmail and bullying of Ted, or the bookend incident. At the very least, she should have been put in isolation or something for how she treated Ted. It was really nasty, and it wasn't a spontaneous outburst, it was planned.

ETA: agreed that Maeve was a poor choice for head girl as well. Bride did really well considering how last minute it was, and Peggy is one of those people who's just naturally good at taking care of others. Jury's out about Josette though.


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