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What happened to Beth and Franny from the Enchanted Wood?

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Enid Wed 02-Mar-05 10:32:24

Because now we've graduated to the Magic Faraway Tree their names have changed to Bessie and Fanny.

Dd1 very confused and insisting I still call them Beth and Franny which makes reading aloud v difficult.

coppertop Wed 02-Mar-05 10:48:28

I thought it was the other way around. In the old versions they are called Bessie and Fanny but it was decided that this was too old-fashioned (and caused a few sniggers) and so it was changed to Beth and Franny in the newer versions.

Marina Wed 02-Mar-05 10:49:32

Snort Enid . I cannot believe they are still publishing books with Fanny as a girl's name in them in this day and age. Dsis did a piece on Arthur Ransome for Radio 4 on Monday apparently and I still have not managed to get hold of her to hear if she worked the character "Titty" into her broadcast (I'll disown her if she didn't).

Enid Wed 02-Mar-05 12:29:23

well that would make sense as the Faraway Tree is mine from when I was tiny. It does mean that there are characters in it called Dick and Fanny

V difficult to remember to change them back when reading though.

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