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PostPosted: 28 Mar 2020, 19:13 
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I’ve been thinking recently about what storylines EBD could have included in the series but didn’t and came up with the following:

    Evacuees joining the school during the war era

    Avalanches - considering the school is based in the mountains and there’s lots of snow, there’s no mention of this. EBD could have written about the school being snowed in because of roads and paths being blocked

    Identical twins and all of the fun that could ensue as a result of them swapping places etc. I don’t recall any identical twins in the series but I may be wrong

Does anyone have any other ideas for storylines that could have been in the series?


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PostPosted: 28 Mar 2020, 19:27 
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Anything to do with exams! Something like the Alicia storyline in Malory Towers, where someone's been horrible to other people and then fate intervenes and they get ill at the crucial moment. Someone who's been lacking in confidence astounds everyone by doing brilliantly. Someone is wrongly accused of cheating.

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PostPosted: 29 Mar 2020, 08:07 
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There are lots of classic GO book storylines EBD either avoids or at doesn’t fully embrace.

School sports - other than that one tennis match in Wrong, and the crazy Ruey / lacrosse plot, school sports tend to take place in the background, or involve laundry tubs. Where is the drama, the triumph :D

Midnight feasts - in the CS, these are a disaster. The two EBD actually includes result in bilious attacks and being chased by pigs. A successful midnight feast would have been good.

One of our heriones having an ongoing nemesis amongst the other girls. There is no Lois Sanger at the CS, in EBD world, bad girls generally reform. Or get expelled, or leave due to random offstage reasons involving cheating at cards (for instance).


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PostPosted: 29 Mar 2020, 08:15 
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Phil Craven was perfect for that role. I'd love to have seen her carrying on as the Gang's nemesis.

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PostPosted: 29 Mar 2020, 14:11 
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I think a lot could have been done with the 'aunts' and their families. Maybe a badly behaved cousin or one who was very homesick. Considering some of the convoluted family relationships in the later books, a whole possible section was overlooked.


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PostPosted: 30 Mar 2020, 04:15 
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I personally don't miss the sports storylines, as I find the ones that are there kind of tedious. Interestingly, though, while we get detailed descriptions of some games, we don't have any plot lines about girls working hard to get on the teams - only a few discussions among the prefects about tennis pairs.

We don't see many plot lines about girls who can't afford things. No girls drop out of school because finances change and they can't afford tuition. Tom is said to have utilitarian clothes, and isn't planning on a year at the expensive finishing branch (but gets a surprise scholarship, *and* her father gets a promotion so she doesn't need it). We get a few girls working for scholarships for further training, but no real uncertainty about whether they'll get to go. We get one plot line about someone who has to leave school for family responsibilities (Elfie), but she's back by half-term.

Thinking of EJO for comparison, with her work we get multiple plot lines about financial issues and family responsibilities, and girls sacrificing for both.

The school is remarkably relaxed about exams, though, isn't it? The younger girls get agitated about form position, but by sixth form the students seem to have moved beyond performance stress.

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PostPosted: 30 Mar 2020, 07:55 
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Ways are always found round financial problems. Tom's dad getting a promotion is at least plausible, but Capt Carrick breaking the bank at Monte Carlo just before being killed in an accident really isn't :lol: . In the La Rochelle books, Peter Chester conveniently inherits some money from a hitherto unmentioned relation.

The Gwendoline Mary redemption story in Malory Towers, when lazy, spoilt Gwen has to pull herself together because she needs to get a job as her dad's unwell and unable to earn for the time being, works really well.

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I can't offhand think of any GO books that have a (thoroughly) disgraced prefect storyline, except Trebizon IIRC (the Elizabeth Exton plot). Though surely there must be others, given the vast number of GO books that were published.

Of course EBD sometimes shows the prefects in a poor light (as in Changes when they do something stupid in the garden). But she basically always adored them, is there such a disgrace storyline in the CS?

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There's the Marilyn Evans storyline, which is a really weird one because EBD thought of the storyline but didn't actually write it :roll: .

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Alison H wrote:
There's the Marilyn Evans storyline, which is a really weird one because EBD thought of the storyline but didn't actually write it :roll: .


Has someone done a fill in of that one?


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PostPosted: 07 Apr 2020, 20:49 
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No - there's Champion of the Chalet School, set just after Marilyn left, but there isn't one actually about Marilyn's time as HG. I think it's been suggested that it might not go down well (more with GGBP than with readers) because it'd show the CS authorities messing up by choosing the wrong HG, but I don't really get that - you could as soon say that they messed up by employing two matrons who didn't work out. We all make mistakes!!

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PostPosted: 22 Apr 2020, 19:57 
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Quite surprising there’s no circus related story line, given the Carlotta book. Nor gypsy, given the Maynard connection to the New Forest and Romany knowledge.
She does call a St Scholastika girl Gypsy Carson, but is that ever explained?


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Too early to be after Gypsy Rose Lee :lol: . I think at that time it was seen as meaning a wanderer/traveller, as well as meaning someone who was part of the Roma ethnic group. There was a character in Home and Away called Gypsy, but I think that's the only place I've come across it - maybe EBD had read it in a book?

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Have a vague feeling there's a Gypsy in another GO book - possibly a Brazil?


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Ah - so there is. The Leader of the Lower School ... how weird, I tried Googling "Angela Brazil Gypsy" (am a bit bored tonight) and the CBB archives came up!

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Well done Alison, thought I had seen the name somewhere else. EBD had probably read AB, this one was published 1914 and reprinted several times. She gave Jo the habit of looking for unusual names, no doubt something she herself also did.


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I can't remember how Gipsy/Gypsy Carson spelt her name, but I wondered if it was short for Gipsophila as it is not a nickname. EBD was fond of flower names - Carnation, Lavender etc.


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I have a book called Gipsy at Greywalls from the 1950s I think. It was just an English name that’s fallen out of fashion. It was also quite popular in girls’ comics such as Bunty and Mandy.


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I've got that too somewhere, I think. Can't remember anything about it


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I also know that I have a copy and can't remember a thing about it, and it's completely ungetatable at the moment. But there's a bit of a plot summary in the only review that it has on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8316943-gipsy-at-greywalls


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