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 Post subject: The book after Prefects
PostPosted: 13 Mar 2018, 16:42 
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If the series had continued after Prefects what would everyone like to see/envisage happening. Sensible or not so sensible thoughts....? :lol:

I would like to see Ruey stay on an extra year as a student teacher of Games and feel the wrath of the Games Prefect. I would also like to see Rosalie Dene meet a nice doctor and become engaged. :D


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 Post subject: Re: The book after Prefects
PostPosted: 13 Mar 2018, 17:38 
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Ailie, Janice and Judy come to the fore, and Jack Lambert's gang fade into the background. Maybe Tessa de Bersac could be involved as well.

People actually sit some public exams, and we actually hear about the results. Ditto filling in university application forms. A bit less about weather-related accidents, and a bit more about actual school life!

Len dumps Reg.

Daisy gets a job at the San, and, as well as working with children, provides contraceptive advice to Biddy and Hilary, who are both very grateful for it.

There's a school trip to Italy. (I like Italy!) All the mistresses who never get to do anything interesting - Sally Denny, Ruth Derwent, Julie Berne, et al - are involved.

Joey and Mary-Lou are both left to get on with their own lives.

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 Post subject: Re: The book after Prefects
PostPosted: 13 Mar 2018, 18:15 
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Alison H wrote:
Len dumps Reg.


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Yes, this!

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Jem retires, stays in Australia to be close to his daughters and Jack has to take over the Welsh San as the Swiss branch is to be phased out. Hilda persuades Jo to leave her remaining girls in Switzerland rather than herding them to Glendower House which was her first idea. Len dumps Reg. The triplets toy with the idea of having a (Mamma-free) year at St Mildred's after all, after which they could apply to European universities.


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Hilda goes off for the rest cure she appears to be in need of. Nell comes back to head the main school. She is appalled at the staff's apparent inability to deal with a group of sulky Middles. She tells them to act like competent women rather than spineless jellyfish and stop running to Jo with every little problem.

Madge decides to open a new branch of the school somewhere else. (Italy?) Nancy and Kathie (or whoever you like) go to head it up. Madge decides to send Ailie to the new branch, so Janice, Judy, and Jose also go, and are the eldest girls there. Jo is left behind in Switzerland.


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Jack finally, finally, FINALLY tells Joey "I am a grown man in charge of a world famous sanatorium and hospital. I have no interest whatsoever in hearing about the antics of 12 year old girls. And neither should you!"

Len decides halfway through her first year that she wants a gap year, dumps Reg and goes on a camping tour of the world.

Con and Margot back her up because they think the Reg engagement was a bad idea in the first place. Joey is not told until Reg loses it and runs off with Rosalie Dene.

Jem and Madge retire to Australia with Josette and Sybil who had intentionally become engaged to Aussies to get away from their parents.

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By the time Prefects came round it needed to end. The characters left were not interesting/attractive enough to take it forward. No doubt a young EBD could have conjured up other characters to do this or made the characters she had more vital but we did not have a young EBD at the end of Prefects...

When Jo left at the end of New House, circumstances still made her a huge part of the series and she was a very engaging character in the war years.

After the huge amount EBD invested in Mary Lou, the series IMHO was never the same after she left. It would not have survived the triplets going. They were not huge characters the way Joey and Mary Lou had been but we knew them so well.

Besides, Joey was approaching 40, Madge must have been 52, Jem nearing mid sixties. I would hate to have seen them grow old. We get enough of that in real life. As it is we can each imagine futures for the characters.


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Wish list....

Len hits Oxford, discovers life where she's only responsible for herself and can forge her own identity, and blossoms. She ditches Reg in the first year, gets a haircut and makeover, and decides to teach in the state system in England. She is single and dating for quite a while before marrying, has two kids, and goes back to work part time once they're in school. They have a small house with no servants, and her kids attend day school and live at home.

The school is forced to move for some reason, and ends up in a lakeside setting, not next door to the San, where they have a community to be part of, and Joey is too far away to be part of its day to day life. They hire an official deputy Head who is not an old girl, in an attempt to broaden their outlook.

Miss Wilson marries and takes early retirement to travel the world with her husband (maybe a writer or scholar). Rosalie marries a nice doctor at the San, but continues to work as head secretary at the school, and gets a couple of undersecretaries to help with the workload.

Anna falls head over heels in love with a nice Swiss man, a widower with a couple of children who has opened a local coffee shop. He sweeps her off her feet, they marry, and work together to manage the business, where her lemon biscuits and home-made preserves become locally famous.

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