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 Post subject: Re: Where do you see them?
PostPosted: 27 Feb 2018, 11:42 
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Geoff may drift for a few years after leaviong school, but then he wouldbe just the right age to get involved in computing as they were beginning to be introduced as part of office equipment. He would discover an instinctive understanding for this type of technolgy and, mainly self taught, becomes an excellent computer technician and programmer, and ends up designing and running the computer system for the San. Eventually, he even manages to teach his father to use it.

His crowning achievement however (and much harder than all the work at the San), is persuading Joey to type her books on a computer, and give the floppy disk to her publishers, rather than a large bundle of typescript!

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PostPosted: 27 Feb 2018, 14:10 
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I envisaged a future for Jo and all of her children in 'The Calendar' as Jo is visited by each of her children in turn during the year, and we learn a little about their lives...

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 Post subject: Re: Where do you see them?
PostPosted: 28 Feb 2018, 18:43 
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Weren't Geoff and Phil only four when the series ended? Not even school age yet. A bit soon for Jo to start worrying that Geoff wasn't taking to lessons. Although I suppose EBD might have forgotten how old they ought to be.

Maybe Geoff could be a craftsman - a skilled cabinet maker, or something along those lines?

Con's long term ambition was to be a historical novelist, she saw journalism as a way to earn a living until she established herself as a novelist. I'd see her as a feature writer on a magazine, rather than a newshound.

The novelist Sarah Harrison has said that her first job after university was working on the letters page of a woman's magazine. She said found that excellent preparation for writing women's fiction because it gave her an insight into what mattered to the women who would be her readers.


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Margot I see becoming a nun (religious sister) and sticking with it. Probably as a medic in Africa. I compare her to many elderly nuns I have met, who have lived really interesting lives abroad, who have had amazing and varied experiences. No habit, one of those catholics very influenced by the 1960s, feminism, CND, etc. Prepared to challenge the church hierarchy and teaching.
Ending her work in later years in Africa, very involved in work surrounding the aids epidemic.


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Felicity remains enthusiastic about ballet and dancing in general as a child. When she takes an anatomy class at the Chalet School, she starts thinking about how dance and movement affect muscles and joints. She doesn't change her mind about wanting to be a ballet dancer after school, but her interest in the physiological side grows as she takes more anatomy and biology classes.

Felicity is in demand for sports teams as she moves through the school; her early days jumping, leaping and stretching with Lucy Peters make her a natural at netball and lacrosse. She grows to like games very much and becomes games prefect, combining Margot's drive with Len's social skills. By then she has put aside her dream of becoming a ballet dancer, in part because of her interests in games and anatomy, but also because, like her mother and elder sisters, she is a tall woman -- nearly 6 feet -- and thinks that will hinder her. Teaching doesn't appeal to her but, at the games mistress' advice, she looks into physical therapy. She decides to pursue a course at university in England and later works for a hospital in Manchester helping patients recover mobility.

A few years later she attends a conference for medical professionals and meets a handsome doctor. They marry and have two daughters, but prefer to keep them in local rather than send them to the Chalet School, to Joey Maynard's dismay. Felicity leaves her hospital job to raise the children, but she earns her certification to teach a dance fitness class called "Jazzercise" at her local gym. She also coaches netball and lacrosse for local leagues for children and adults.

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Good take on Felicity.

The one I cannot fathom out is Phil. She obviously survives the polio and her health is improving but does this go on? I know a few people who had polio but they all had calipers? Would Phil have ended up in a wheelchair in later life? If her health was up to it I definitely see her as doing something in the medical/health line. As she seems a bit unfortunate as regards illness and this is bookland, I do wonder if she has much of a future .


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EBD could have intended a Phoebe Peters storyline for Phil. She bounces back enough that she's not a complete invalid, but needs a wheelchair or other mobility device. A doctor from the San falls in love with her and marries her. Or maybe Phil would be a novelist or artist and make a living with the appropriate live-in help (maybe another Old Girl?).

It would be pretty cool if Phil became the Chalet School's first wheelchair-using teacher. Plus, it would give Jack Lambert the chance to be a heroine. Miss Maynard's wheelchair breaks on an expedition, there's a storm brewing, and it's up to mechanically minded Jack to engineer a quick fix that gets them back to school just as the first dizzying flakes fall....

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I've known two people who had polio as children. Each of them had a wasted leg, but were otherwise fit and active. One of them was becoming elderly when I knew her and sometimes used a stick. The other I knew at school. She joined in games lessons, although she couldn't run very well.


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My great-aunt had polio as a child. She died when I was young so I don't remember her very well, but she was also reasonably active - although she did spend a lot of time in hospital at the time, which we don't see with Phil.

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My daughter's godmother, with whom we have sadly lost touch, had polio as a child, but more or less "got away with it", other than a weak back, which required, she thought, a corset. However, a routine checkup with a new consultant led to her being told that if she did a course of physiotherapy, she would be able to leave it off and forget that she had ever had polio!

Which is a lot happier than the other two people I know who had it - a girl I was at school with had calipers on her leg, and I believe she later had the leg amputated and wore a prosthesis. And a woman in our village, one of the leading lights of village affairs, was wheelchair-bound after polio as a child. She died, sadly, a few years ago, and is much missed!


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Alison H wrote:
My great-aunt had polio as a child. She died when I was young so I don't remember her very well, but she was also reasonably active - although she did spend a lot of time in hospital at the time, which we don't see with Phil.


Is there any mention of Phil spending time in the San? I feel there are lots of updates from Jo and the triplets about she's feeling better, eating more, etc., but not much else. I have a hard time remembering what goes on with Phil though because the polio storyline is so sudden.

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Come to think of it, she must be in the San (amazing how those TB specialists manage to treat everything else as well) in Challenge, because the Maynards are visiting her at the same time as Evelyn's visiting her mum.

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Alison H wrote:
Come to think of it, she must be in the San (amazing how those TB specialists manage to treat everything else as well) in Challenge, because the Maynards are visiting her at the same time as Evelyn's visiting her mum.


She is, she's there for most of the term. She has an emergency operation for mastoid trouble near the end of Adrienne, then we're told that she developed polio during the summer term (although there's absolutely no mention of it in the book of the same name). She appears to have been in the San right through the holidays and the duration of the winter term covered in Challenge, and Jo says that although they believe she's escaped paralysis, she's making slow headway and can only walk a few steps at a time.

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In the next book, Two Sams, she has a setback and Jo fears for her life. She then starts to make real progress and later on there is apparently talk of her starting the kindergarten in the September.

A shame there is no mention of her illness in Summer Term which added nothing to the series. Joey's preoccupation with Erica does not look good in rekation to Phil.


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It does seem strange that Joey was in the UK when it appears that Phil was ill at that time, and Joey was not noticeably worried about her.Quite why EBD wanted to inflict polio on the poor kid puzzles me.Was there quarantine and other issues for the rest of the family to be dealt with also?


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Quite why EBD wanted to inflict polio on the poor kid puzzles me.

Especially as, by the time Challenge was published in 1966, children in the UK had been routinely vaccinated against polio for several years. Surely Jack would have made sure his children had all the available vaccines? And even if Phil wasn't vaccinated, I don't know how she caught it, since she didn't mix with anyone other than home and School people, and no-one else had it.

Possibly EBD didn't know about the polio vaccine, but that seems unlikely. The introduction of the sugar lump vaccine was quite a big thing.


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I've always suspected that this was an EBDism. EBD just forgot why Phil had been ill in the first place (mastoid trouble)!


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