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CarrotVan Thu 19-Sep-19 21:13:36

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PhilSwagielka Sun 07-Jun-20 10:25:27

Just reading Jo to the Rescue and fucking hell, you can totally draw the dots between how the triplets behave in this book and Theodora.
- Margot acts like a little shit and is jealous of Len about something
- Len enables Margot and tries to calm things down
- Con speaks her mind and tells Margot off and it gets her into trouble

Also, why the actual fuck is Jack giving a 3-year-old kid a lecture about G-d? Isn't 3 a bit young to understand religion?

funnelfanjo Mon 08-Jun-20 12:11:14

I can only assume that it was EBD's way of shoehorning in some religion into the story in the absence of the usual school plays/prayers/visits to churches or plays/a life-threatening medical crisis causing people to contemplate the meaning of life.

I quite like the concept that Jack is generally shown being involved in the children's lives more than a stereotypical upper-middle class man of that era, but the whole tone of the 'talk' with Margot was for a much older child.

PerditaProvokesEnmity Mon 08-Jun-20 12:25:31

Heavens! Hadn't realised this thread was still going. (Was there at the start under a previous name.)

I've spent the past couple of months wishing I hadn't reread the whole set last summer - they'd have been perfect lockdown binge-fodder.

PhilSwagielka Mon 08-Jun-20 14:04:00

Took me ages to find the thread! I didn't mind the religion when it was Joey telling Phoebe that Christianity for her means helping others, or everyone praying for Phoebe's health, or even Jack telling Reg to take G-d as his partner (though paying for Reg's schooling was a bit much when he barely knew him), but you can't really have a deep philosophical discussion about religion with a toddler. And the bit where they confess their sins to Joey at bedtime creeps me out.

JassyRadlett Mon 14-Sep-20 21:44:45

I’m on a mammoth reread at the moment and am resurrecting to ask @Parker231 whether she would mind sharing the transcript link as I’ve found I’m missing Rescue, and my hard copy is in another country!

Apileofballyhoo Tue 27-Oct-20 11:58:28

Jassy, I also came on to see if anyone was still here and if I could get access to the Dropbox. I was on the first thread but life took over and I never got around to sending Parker my email. I've been rereading in order and need and Jo next. Maybe some absolute lamb will respond to us.

funnelfanjo Sun 01-Nov-20 14:25:57

I’m sure Parker keeps an eye on this thread, but if by some chance you haven’t had a response, then let me know.

Apileofballyhoo Sun 01-Nov-20 19:18:06

Thanks funnel, I haven't heard anything yet but I didn't PM Parker or anything. I did email that chalet school address mentioned somewhere on these threads.

hels71 Sun 01-Nov-20 19:23:27

I have just read the fill-in, The Bethany Twins at the Chalet School. Really enjoyed it!

funnelfanjo Sun 21-Feb-21 10:25:41

I’ve just finished reading Richenda for the first time. I realise I’m reaching the part of the series when the quality seriously starts dropping off but it seems like three quarters of the way through EBD got bored and rushed an ending. There was room in that story for a much more interesting resolution between Ricki and her father.

Plus for some reason the medical bits really grated in this book far more than usual. Joey had a slightly displaced organ? I read the symptoms and the vast amounts of butter and cream and chocolate being consumed and assumed she had gallstones, but then I’m not sure she’d be up and running around a week after gallbladder removal in the 1950s. Plus the shoving oil in the eyes of someone to counter ammonia-like substances made me wince. Thank goodness they had an eye clinic in the doorstep!

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