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 Post subject: Re: Conflicting views on obedience?
PostPosted: 15 Jan 2017, 14:19 
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Alison H wrote:
Jem's parents disowned Margot completely when she went against their wishes and married someone they disapproved of. But she went ahead and did it anyway. Given what a disaster the marriage is, I always feel as if that storyline's meant to make us feel that you should obey your parents in all things, even your choice of partner :roll:, but Margot did have the courage to defy them.

A little OT, but after reading New House, I do think Margot is a very brave character. Travelling across the world and going to a foreign country with two little girls, even though she doesn't speak the language, in order to find her brother - it's a massive thing for her to do, especially given that she has a lot of health problems and is a bundle of nerves.

Like a lot of other people, I find Grizel sympathetic because of how her parents treat her. They don't beat her up but she is on the receiving end of mental and financial abuse, the way they use money to control her and force her into a job she hates.

Emerence is another character who springs to mind when obedience comes up. I don't know about Emerence's parents being loving, but they were certainly lax and set no boundaries for her, and let her grow up thinking she could do whatever she wanted. Then she starts a fire and gets packed off to the Chalet School and has to learn the hard way to respect authority and obey rules, and it really throws her because she's not used to it at all. I'm glad Miss Annersley understands that Emerence is the way she is because of her lack of boundaries, rather than just doing what Commander Christie suggests and caning her.


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I sympathised with Richenda when I first read the books, less so now. She was more than old enough to understand why she was banned from the room. If she loved ceramics as much as we're told she did, she should have felt real regret at having broken something, but we don't see that.

Going to the CS was presented to Richenda as a punishment, but aren't we also told that Prof Fry had intended to send her to a different school anyway, because her present school didn't provide a good enough education?

I can't remember if it's explicitly stated, but Richenda's home life was a bit lacking, too. He was wrapped up in his work, and Nanny was elderly and couldn't enter into Richenda's interests, or support her in her schoolwork.


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