Good point, JayB. Back then it was much more likely for siblings of all classes to be separated for various reasons, and in large families which were more common then you would often get grown up children and babies in the same family.
I think we see the Maynards fighting to a reasonable extent - it would be very boring if all we ever read about were Maynard quarrels. I assume they have fights that we don't see. Plus, in an era that smiled upon physical discipline for boys (if not middle class girls) bad behaviour was probably more easily suppressed.
I also find Charles's 'look' fairly convincing. I've always taken it to be a look of contempt or disgust that would shake Margot up, rather than the sort of look that an authority figure would give. Coming from her younger brother probably actually made it more shocking.
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There's a lot of talk about "surface sophistication" (I never quite get that!) and Margot being "looser in our bunch", but I never really get the impression that Len and Con are closer to each other than either of them are to Margot. We don't, for example, see Len confiding in Con but not Margot about her issues with Reg. And the stay in Canada might have brought Margot closer to Ailie, and in particular to Josette who's a similar age, and maybe to Madge and Jem as well, but it doesn't. It's a missed opportunity in some ways, because being away from the others for over a year should surely have had a much bigger effect than it does. Maybe it was strange when the others arrived in Canada and they all met up again, but we don't see that.
I feel as if the relationship changes more when they get back, and Margot immediately pals up with Emerence. EBD isn't usually keen on exclusive best friendships and prefers girls to be part of a gang, or at least a group of three or four, but Margot and Emerence are very much BFFs.
I do see Margot as less close to Len and Con that they are to each other, althought that might be mainly because they're often in the same form while Margot is in another one with Emerence. In the later books it's less noticeable, but Len and Con are moe thoughtful and it's not really surprising that they are closer, especially considering they were separated for a while at a young age.