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PostPosted: 26 Apr 2018, 15:23 
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I assume that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge aren't holding a naming party. Or maybe they are :D . The naming party for Sybil is one of my favourite random scenes in the series. It doesn't form part of any major plot, but it's just a really lovely scene, with David suggesting naming his new sister after the dog, Rix thinking that it's uncool for boys to seem interested in babies, and some of the others coming up with ideas like Esmeralda. Another one is when Miss Leigh turns up without an appointment, and Nell Wilson shoves her box of chocolates out of sight. What others?

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Mary-Lou in the orchard at Carn Beg when they've just moved to Armishire in Three Go. It's a sunny day, there's a real sense of fun in going exploring with her, and I love the names of things like varieties of plants, so the scene with the gardener telling her about the Worcester pippins and pearmains and Quarrendens and giving her some to eat, is icing on the cake.

It also takes me back to my own childhood, when there was a big house just across the road, and my father used to rent their disused coach-house for storage. They had a big orchard, too, and I remember wandering round it with my father asking him the names of all the varieties.


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I know EBD used the idea a few times; but I've always been bewildered by the sheets and pillow cases parties she writes about. Especially when Joey is allowed to glue that silver to Robin's head and is hard to come off. Is that the right scene? I may have wires crossed somewhere :P

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emma t wrote:
I know EBD used the idea a few times; but I've always been bewildered by the sheets and pillow cases parties she writes about. Especially when Joey is allowed to glue that silver to Robin's head and is hard to come off. Is that the right scene? I may have wires crossed somewhere :P


It was mentioned elsewhere on this forum that Pixie O'Shaughnessy by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey (1902) had a sheets and pillowcases party.

Jo painted a silver halo for Robin, and used a quick-drying paint, but apparently not quick enough.


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In Head Girl, the chapter called Nothing Much (or something like that!) and a stream of girls go to see Madge at night to chat with her.

One of them is Margia who brings a song she's written. And Madge admires it but decides not to say so because Margia has too good an opinion of herself.

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The opening chapter of Bride Leads the CS - lovely family scene at The Quadrant when Hilda arrives unexpectedly.


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So many scenes that I like. Some have already been mentioned like the Bettany family at the Quadrant in Bride Leads and Mary Lou picking the apples.

Many of the scenes in Three Go are special though like Doris looking at Mary Lou and seeing her beloved daughter whilst anyone else would only see an ordinary little girl. Also the descriptions of Clem and the cinema scene where ML and Clem and Clem's godfather meet up with the Lucys and Miss Linton and we get what is almost a "normal" romance for once and not just chance meetings.

Also the scene earlier in the book where we have Joey and Madge chatting together is quite rare by that stage.

Exile might well be EBD's best and most exciting book but Three Go is surely the one with the best character descriptions.

Other scenes I loved - Frieda talking about the quiet English Sundays in Jo to the Rescue always makes me feel so nostalgic (even although I am Scottish) and I also love the part in the unabridged Exile where Marie tells Jo how marriage has changed her and made her more womanly. Of course, you don't need to be married to be womanly and all that Jo had been through plus the fact she was older, could have contributed as much as her marriage.

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The only Chalet School book I've read so far, apart from a handful of the early ones, is Peggy of the Chalet School, and I really like the opening scene there - not the Lady Acetylene Lampe part, but the part about the sandy towels on the chair ("Don't sit on that one! 'Tisn't safe!") and general disorderliness of the Winterton house. It's the only family scene in all the books which felt anything like familiar to me!


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The journey to Tyrol in Future always makes me smile, as well - Stephen and Mike argue over who's going to get the seat by the window, and then they have to pull over because one of the kids feels sick. It's so typical of family car journeys.

And there's a nice nursery scene in Exile, when Rix and Sybil are arguing, and Rix calls Sybil a baby, and she hits him, and Madge separates them and makes them play at opposite ends at the room. It's so much more natural and realistic than poor Margot being told that God's given her a bad temper, when she has a strop at a similar age.

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The only Chalet School book I've read so far, apart from a handful of the early ones, is Peggy of the Chalet School, and I really like the opening scene there - not the Lady Acetylene Lampe part, but the part about the sandy towels on the chair ("Don't sit on that one! 'Tisn't safe!") and general disorderliness of the Winterton house. It's the only family scene in all the books which felt anything like familiar to me!
I always like (and can very easily relate to!) the scene where Mary-Lou is at the Barasses' house, and the sitting-room is swathed in dust while Mrs Barrass sits sketching out of the window. That's just knowing your priorities :-).


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I forget which book it's in, but Mary-Lou escorts a new girl to the head's office and amuses herself outside by trying to kick her own height. I can picture her doing it and it makes me smile every time.

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One of the problems that I have with the triplets, especially Margot is that EBD never seems to have heard of temper tantrums. Most children go through a phase of having them, and they grow out of them, so to tell Margot at an early age that she has had her temper imposed on her by God seems to me to be going too far.

Anyone who has had children will have experienced the terrible twos, so why burden a child with the feeling that she has been singled out to suffer a terrible fate when it's a fairly normal stage of development?

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Jennie wrote:
One of the problems that I have with the triplets, especially Margot is that EBD never seems to have heard of temper tantrums. Most children go through a phase of having them, and they grow out of them, so to tell Margot at an early age that she has had her temper imposed on her by God seems to me to be going too far.

Anyone who has had children will have experienced the terrible twos, so why burden a child with the feeling that she has been singled out to suffer a terrible fate when it's a fairly normal stage of development?


Although it can be pretty obvious from a young age when a kid has a more difficult temperament. One of my friends has two kids - the oldest is a sweet natured, biddable child, the youngest is strong willed, hot tempered and high strung. The older one had temper tantrums for sure, but with the younger one it's different. However, they're not telling the kid that he's defective. Instead they're working hard on things like self control and playing well with others, from a young age. (And with the older one, working on things like standing up for himself and not being too sensitive.)

With Margot, I can see the triplet part making things worse. Len and Con are pretty calm-tempered, making Margot's behaviour, which was still within normal child temperaments, seem more extreme.

I had other friends with the opposite experience. When I enquired after their second kid, who was about six months old, the father responded with wide eyes "She's so easy!" after their high maintenance elder one.

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PostPosted: 30 May 2018, 21:02 
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Alison H wrote:
Another one is when Miss Leigh turns up without an appointment, and Nell Wilson shoves her box of chocolates out of sight.


Maybe so she doesn't have to share? :wink:

I love the Christmas Eve chapter in Jo of the Chaltet School and the description of their Christmas preparations.


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