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 Post subject: Re: Books: Change – Gay from China at the Chalet School
PostPosted: 15 Nov 2010, 15:17 
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Slightly off at a tangent, but this does make me wonder if Madge would have considered introducing a rule after this forbidding all four senior mistresses to holiday together (rather like the rule about the first two in line to the throne travelling on the same plane)!

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PostPosted: 19 Nov 2010, 18:58 
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Slightly off at a tangent, but this does make me wonder if Madge would have considered introducing a rule after this forbidding all four senior mistresses to holiday together (rather like the rule about the first two in line to the throne travelling on the same plane)!


It does look, from later books, that even if no such rule is enforced, that they're doing it anyway. While all the senior members may be away from school at the same time, they don't all seem to be in the same place at the same time any more.

Obviously this'd be fine anywhere other than the Chalet School, but our dear Chaletians I'm sure could manage to find simultaneous disaster in four different places! Especially if Joey were involved... :)


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PostPosted: 03 Oct 2018, 21:51 
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I found Miss Bubb a neurotic tyrant whose treatment of Gay merited instant dismissal. Gay was entirely in the right and her family should have backed her up 100%. Sybil obviously tried to help Josette but panicked - she was a child, not a nurse! I rather wish she'd stayed a rebel -she was a bit in Peggy, my first CS book.


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PostPosted: 03 Oct 2018, 22:11 
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In fairness, as others have said, I suppose Miss Bubb's intentions were good - but as so often, it's the 'manner of the doing' that is the problem! Brilliantly written character, though.


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Interesting point about Sybil. She's a fascinatingly complex character in Peggy: we see how emotional she is over hearing that Madge and Jem will be staying on in Canada, and that she obviously still feels guilty about the accident with Josette, but she also gets to be a classic Naughty Middle. She's actually not unlike Jo at that age - she breaks rules over things like using slang, and eating cake when she's not supposed to, but she doesn't do anything nasty or harmful. But then her spirit seems to get crushed later on, and she seems painfully eager to be helpful, and so guilty about what happened to Josette that people remark on how angry she gets if anyone compliments her looks.

Miss Bubb's ideas win out in the end. By the later Swiss books, people with public exams coming up are not given big roles in the plays etc, because it's accepted that exams and university entrance are important. Maybe the CS was a bit behind the times during its early years in Britain.

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