It's nice to see your responses to the story. But if you're reading an Armada edition of School At, I expect you know that the abridgements, updating of words etc, are quite extensive throughout the book, and in numerous others to a varying extent. A notable example in the first chapter is when Madge suggests starting a school in Ireland, and Dick replies that they may find themselves burnt out one morning so it's a bad idea.
I didn't know that at all! Interesting.
The version I'm reading did not have the Ireland reference. It's a 1978 edition if that helps.
I don't suppose the changes are too drastic, ate they? No alternate ending where the school's invaded by aliens or anything?
Great to have you aboard Steffan, and it's always nice to see another male fan of the Chalet School books. I read most of these in my early teens and have come back to them nearly 50 years on. It's interesting to read your reaction to the characters and events. I think that the excitement of the new experiences of going away to live in a school in the Alps is beautifully described and I often re-read a chapter or two of The School at the Chalet in order to recapture that. The books are a great social document as well as good stories and I hope you'll see why there are so many enthusiasts nearly a century after the first book appeared.
I was talking to my mother about gender and books the other day. I've inherited my mother's collector gene, and my big obsession at the moment is collecting every book in the Point Horror series. They were the books that really gripped me as a teenager.
Reading them now, fifteen years later or so, it strikes me that the protagonist of nearly every book in the series is female. Most are shy, bookish girls with an interest in horror, a couple of close friends (but certainly not part of the coolest gang), and an unrequited crush.
I do remember that I was one of only two boys in my school reading these books, but it never dawned on me that the series was specifically aimed at girls. It's so obvious to me now that the protagonist is always a stand-in for the reader. But, gender aside, I strongly identified with these characters.