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PostPosted: 20 Feb 2018, 09:51 
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Oh and the Richardsons -

Roger goes into civil engineering, working on large projects. Roddy goes into sheep farming in New Zealand. Ruey teaches PT for a year or two, visits Roddy in New Zealand, and falls in love with the place (and his business partner), marries and stays to help with the ranch, and gets really into horses. Roger makes the farm his home base when between contracts. Ruey still corresponds with Joey and the triplets, but the boys, while grateful the Maynards took them in, don't have a strong emotional connection to them.

Felicity wants to go into ballet, but her lack of intense early training, plus a growth spurt at puberty, make that impossible. She's not academically inclined, and so leaves school after doing very poorly on her exams to go to Italy to work as a fashion model. Her fair colouring, tall and slender build, graceful carriage, and a pragmatic approach to life making her a success.

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I see Joan Baker gets a top job as a trilingual secretary. Her boss recognises her work ethic and helps her progress through the company. She appreciates that she is being recognised and accepted for her own efforts rather than her background. She concentrates on her career and forgets about Vic Coles and "larks". She eventually ends up on the Board and is a much respected and admired, if a little feared, colleague. She instructs her secretary to put all communications from the CS straight into the wastepaper bin! She never marries but has a sequence of "friends with benefits".

A small part of me wants this company to be a cosmetics company where she promotes a new and very successful line under the name of "Joanne Boulanger". The CS girls are encouraged to use it as it is light, delicate and very natural-looking!


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A small part of me wants this company to be a cosmetics company where she promotes a new and very successful line under the name of "Joanne Boulanger". The CS girls are encouraged to use it as it is light, delicate and very natural-looking!


This is genius!

I like every single one of these posts. I lack the imagination to do one myself and find myself agreeing with everyone's separate visions.

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I like every single one of these posts. I lack the imagination to do one myself and find myself agreeing with everyone's separate visions.
That, I think, is one of the true indications of EMBD's creativity in fashioning such vivid characters.

For myself, I didn't envision futures for anyone except the triplets and Charles, for some reason. I was sure EMBD intended Charles for the priesthood, but that he would also have a non-religious specialisation of some sort - perhaps something like Brother Adam with his bees at Buckfast. I also think that Len and Reg rubbed along alright but with Len always conscious of something missing/ not quite right - though with hindsight I think painting, or art of some kind, was always a great consolation to her - and she probably even became commercially successful with it. Margot I felt probably became both a nun and a medic, but died relatively young of some kind of infectious illness, possibly ebola (of which there were two major outbreaks in Sudan in the 1970s ["The disease was spread by close contact with an acute case, usually from patients to their nurses. Many medical care personnel were infected" Wikipedia). With Con (my favourite) I let my imagination go a bit further, and pictured her living in a creative, even hippy, community in California, with two children (Willow and Rainbow) by different fathers, neither of whom she married. She went on to be an extremely successful writer some years later.


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I envisage Len leaving Reg at the altar, realising that marriage would be bad for both of them. Jo almost has a nervous breakdown and never forgives Len. Len works as a gardener, whilst writing satirical novels about her family. She is very successful.

Jack has had enough of Jo and divorces her.

Con gives up writing, leaves Oxford and becomes (eventually) a supermodel, and then marries into the peerage.

Margot goes off both medicine and the idea of joining an order, and decides to go in for voice training, and becomes a successful operatic soprano.

Stephen has a passion for railways and learns locomotive engineering, but his accounts of his training and work make him a popular writer.

Charles realises fully that he can never fulfil his mother's hopes of becoming a priest, so goes to California and becomes the most famous poet of the beat generation, making a fortune which he invest wisely and spends a lot of his time sailing his impressive yacht.

Felix and Felicity become dancers, working hard and achieving recognition for their creation of new dances.

Phil and Geoff take off and hitchhike round the world. They too become writers, of travel guides. Eventually they buy an olive and fruit farm on a Greek island, but are always away when their relatives, especially their mother, proposes to visit.

Mike wins a large lottery, and sails off round the world in his yacht. He ignores all correspondence from his family, until he bumps into his father and takes pity on him. Jack joins him on the yacht and the two men live very happily spending their time sailing in the Florida Keys and the South Pacific islands. Mike also becomes a painter and gains wide recognition for his works.

Cecily disappears, lives in the South of France, and quietly marries the heir to enormous French vineyards. she is very, very happy.

Erica goes back to India and lives on a houseboat on a lake, and becomes known as a wise woman.

Marie-Clair finds herself the last of her real family, and inherits the lot. She marries into minor European royalty, and lives happily ever after.

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Mary-Lou remembers her run-ins with Miss Ferrars and wisely sings small her first year of uni. She fits in very well socially and quickly establishes herself as a force and a leader among her peers, though she never becomes the leader of a Gang as in the Chalet School. She maintains a correspondence with Jocelyn Marvell, whose life she saved, recognizing she's a girl who needs more individual attention than her large school can offer. Mary-Lou graduates with honours and quickly finds a place in an archaeological dig in North America. There she discovers a butterfly preserved in amber that biologists determine is a new species. The insect's delicate state reminds Mary-Lou of her mother, and she names the species Trelawnius doris, hoping her name, like the butterfly, can last forever. Mary-Lou continues with expeditions for decades, but decides in her mid-60s it's time to have a home and accepts a teaching post at a London university. She's surprised to discover another Mary-Lou in class one day and is tickled to learn it's Jocelyn's daughter, who read her letters to her mother over the years and became interested in archaeology herself. Mary-Lou is in her late 60s when she marries for the first time. They don't have children, but Mary-Lou is the spry, favourite aunt to Verity's and Vi Lucy's, with whom she still has a close friendship.

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I like that future for our one and only very much. I might add a bit of writing in on the side, maybe popular archeology, maybe travel, alongside the research papers she no doubt publishes, but ottherwise, a life well lived :D


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I, too, liked that remarkable yet somehow unremarkable life of ML. Thanks for being so positive about her.

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If EBD hadn't made ML an archaeologist, I think she might have made a good doctor, probably best suited to a hospital setting. She'd be good with patients and their families - she's sympathetic, but would be capable of maintaining the necessary detachment. She's also confident and decisive, so would be able to establish her authority in her department, without being overbearing.

Which CS characters might have tv careers? Again, I can see ML, when she's older, successfully presenting a popular archaeology series. She has the looks, voice and personality to come across well on tv.


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I also like this take on M-L. For all her faults she was a good person.


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I also like this take on M-L. For all her faults she was a good person.

Yes, she had her faults, but she was an intelligent and level-headed young woman and not lacking in self-awareness. I think she'd soon adjust to life outside the Chalet School.

I think Margot too would benefit from seriously challenged, as she would be at medical school, where everyone else would be as bright as she was, and where constant allowances would not be made for her.


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The one I wonder about is Geoff. I get the impression he is not quite so clever as the rest. Is it in Two Sams Joey is giving him reading lessons and she is quite despairing? I know if she was comparing him to Phil boys and girls develop at different rates but Jo would have known this. I do wonder what Geoff would have done?

When the triplets left school in 1970 it was still possible to get good jobs leaving school at 16 but 14 years later when Geoff was due to leave it might have been harder. How would he have got on if he was not clever enough to go to uni? Would he have stayed with Joey and Jack in Switzerland? What work would he have done and how would he have managed language wise?


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Geoff might have gone in for some sort of trade and done an apprenticeship. If he really struggled academically, being at a private boarding school might have been really hard for him, as there wasn't a lot of understanding of things like learning disabilities. I can't see him staying in Switzerland, as his French and German weren't great, there weren't really job opportunities near Freudesheim, and he'd need a work visa to get a job.

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Geoff struggles with school, due to undiagnosed dyslexia, and is bullied a lot. He leaves school at sixteen after failing his exams badly, and goes to live with his aunt and uncle (Dick and Mollie) for a few years, while doing an apprenticeship at one of the local local farms. He turns out to have quite a green thumb, and finds work as a gardener, and later gets into landscape work. He doesn't marry, but has a male 'good friend' he shares a house with. Joey never stops trying to set him up with the daughters of friends, however.

I see at least one of Sybil or Josette divorcing, when no-fault divorces became readily obtainable. Sybil would end up working in a high end bridal boutique, doing custom needlework, while Josette would go back to school for a professional degree.

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Surely someone's got to rebel :D ? It usually seems to be Con whom people see striking out on her own. Not one person in the CS books (except Margot Venables, and that's before we meet her) marries someone of whom their family don't approve, or gets involved in radical politics, or anything else that doesn't involve toeing the line!

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The general opinion seems to have Con as a journalist and a bit of a rebel. I don't see that she has any of the qualities needed for a journalist - would she be able to write to a deadline? Would she have the streak of ruthlessness to follow up a story? Would she have the lack of shame to be a 'columnist', exposing her private life? I think she's much more likely to stay in academia and go towards the historical side, or maybe research into esoteric Elizabethan poetry. I don't think she'll be interested enough in herself to become any sort of rebel, but I do think she might lose touch with most of her siblings.She certainly won't want a huge family of her own - she'll value her privacy too much.
Len will hate teaching when it comes to the nitty-gritty of clasroom control. She'll swap careers and end up as whatever hospital matrons are called when she's old enough.
I do like the notion of Margot in Africa saving lives, though.


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I see Con as going her own way but I don't see her necessarily as a rebel. I do think she might have worked on a local Oxford newspaper but never on Fleet Street. She was not hard enough and I don't think journalism was what she really wanted to do. She wanted to do writing of her own and any paid work would only have been to keep her fed. She had money of her own and she could have also done book and play reviews but journalism as a full-time forever career - no.

Like Jennifer I see Geoff as being gay and leading a non professional life.

Charles I think would have been a naturalist, a bit like Kevin (or was it Kester) Bellever (hope this was his name as I have not checked) but more along the flower/insect line. I also see him living deep in woods somewhere and maybe helping farmers to get some cash and even writing the odd article or even book. Very solitary. A good person who did toy with going into the priesthood.


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If anyone goes into radical polities, it would be Margot. I could see her getting involved in the more extreme end of activism.

For the CS world, I think something like Len breaking her engagement with Reg, or anyone getting a divorce, would count as scandalous with a major family upset resulting. Len in particular - she's always been the one who did exactly what was expected of her, generally overachieving at it. I'm not sure she could bring herself to break away from expectations, but if she did, I think she'd break off the engagement, stay in England (no moving back to the Platz or teaching at the CS), but still go into teaching, probably at a state school. And there would be a major fuss when it happened, with Joey collapsing, and Jack being angry.

I could see Phil going into medical work, but not as a doctor. Rather, she would go into something like rehabilitative medicine or physiotherapy, working directly with patients.

I also see Joey having one more pregnancy, possibly twins again, but with more major complications and a long recovery period. Probably at about the time Len returned to the Platz, so Len would be expected to step in and devote a lot of time to her mother and the younger kids, into the early years of her marriage.

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Erica might have wanted to go back to India for a few months in between school and university. Neighbours of hers from India are in Europe and they can keep an eye on her during voyage. Their grown up son is also there and he and Erica fall in love and get married and stay in India. Erica is never again seen in CS land!


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I can see Len teaching in a state school. It is also what I envisaged for her and I think it would be good for her. I do wonder though how some of the CS girls (and their public school brothers) would have managed in the more normal down to earth careers? The triplets had been very cosseted in the CS and living on the Platz so even university and possibly life with less privileged girls might be a shock - or maybe not.


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It's a shame that we don't see much of the CS girls doing war work - although we know that several of them went into the Forces - because that was the time when many people from privileged backgrounds were working closely with people from less privileged backgrounds for the first time. Wasn't it one of the Duke of Marlborough's daughters who ended up with their old gardener or butler or someone as her boss in a munitions factory?

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