Thursday, May 31, 2012
Margaret Scott was more encouraging. "I'm going to do it," she announced, "the Library, I mean. I think it might be quite a success: and if not, I'd rather hang for a sheep. If you come along at ten to-morrow, or is that too early?... All right, ten to-morrow and I'll hire you for the day - And will I make you work for your shillings!"
From THE CREW OF THE BELINDA, Chapter 12, Financial Crisis.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
It wasn't until the train reached Rigi Kulm that their true situation dawned on them. All the passengers left the train and handed their tickets to a ticket inspector. Susan and Midge looked at each other.
"We haven't got a ticket!" said Susan.
"No," Midge agreed.
"We haven't any money!" Susan's voice went up to a high squeak.
"No," said Midge.
"What are we to do?" said Susan.
"Nothing," said Midge.
From SUSAN INTERFERES, Chapter 2, Up the Airy Mountains.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
COME and keep us company, wrote Aunt Madeleine. Your Uncle James and I are going to Switzerland for a few weeks. Please come. Meet us at Zurich on the 29th of July and we shall all go on to Böningberg.
From THE TALL MAN, Chapter 1, Lost - An Uncle and Aunt.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The hockey-pitches were waterlogged. Miss Dickson, the games mistress, and Elizabeth Lamont had grown impatient, and one afternoon, when the clouds actually cleared off for once and a watery sun had made a tentative appearance for half and hour or so, had ordered a practice. It had not been a great success; the mud was inches deep, no-one could run, far less hit a ball, and the rumour went round - and actually in later years became a school legend - that a girl had been lost in the mud.
From NORTHMEAD NUISANCE, Chapter 6, Operation Nuisance.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
|Thanks to Eva Löfgren from Sweden for sending me these scans of the front and back covers of Susan at School as published in Sweden. As far as I know, Swedish was the only foreign language in which any of Jane Shaw's stories were published. A complete list of the Swedish editions and some more information about them can be read in an earlier post here.|
What is the name of Susan's father and what is his profession?
The answer to Quiz 56: This Collins' annual from the late 1950s is unique because it does not contain a Jane Shaw story. For many years from the early 1950s into the 1960s, Jane Shaw had always got top billing, but on this occasion the top billing went to other established authors, as can be seen below. The complete contents are:
7 * Bayley, Violet * Ten-Fifteen * ss; illus. D. L. Wynne
16 * Chappell, Mollie * Rescue at Redford * ss; illus. Madeleine Mays
25 * Knight, Frank * The Prince of Oyster Creek * ss; illus. Jean Main and David Cobb
33 * [Comic Strip] * The Secret Attic * cs
37 * Stephen, David * Kirsty's Talking Crow * ss; illus. Rene Cloke
47 * Shannon, Geraldine * The Day the Lion Got Loose * ss; illus. R.A. Branton
52 * Matheson, Jean * Dear Doubleface * ss; illus. Bettine Golby
60 * Weston, Kay * The World of Fashion: At Your Fingertips * ar; illus. Mob
65 * Austen, Jane * Enter Darcy: from Pride and Prejudice * ss; illus. Geoffrey Whittam
72 * Brooke, Rupert * The Great Lover: These I Have Loved * pm; illus. J. S. Goodall R.I. R.B.A.
73 * Oxenham, Elsie * Mistakes in the Abbey * ss; illus. Frank Varty
83 * Pullien-Thompson, Christine * A Job in Life * ss; illus. Sheila Rose
91 * Rossetti, Christina * A Birthday * pm; illus. J. S. Goodall R.I.R.B.A.
92 * Chappell, Mollie * Portrait of Caroline * ss; illus. Valerie Sweet
101 * Mob * Fashion Facts * ar; illus. Mob
104 * Dehn, Olive * Care Taken * pm; illus. J. S. Goodall R.I. R.B.A.
105 * Holmes, Winifred * The Secret of the Queen's Pyramid * ss; illus. H. C. Gaffron
112 * Boyd, Edward * My Sister the Cavewoman * ss; illus. J. B. Long
120 * Bayley, Viola * The Latch-key * ss; illus. R. Gillings
Susan felt quite ill at the dreaded word stepmother, and Charlotte made angry noises. "I'm sure it's unlucky even to mention the possibility," she said. "I say, here's your hat, on this shelf!"
"Goodness," said Midge, jamming it on her head, "where it ought to be! I'd never have thought of looking there-"
From SUSAN RUSHES IN, Chapter 7, Kitchen Knife, Circa 1920.
Friday, May 18, 2012
One of my favourite features of the Susan stories are the ploys Susan uses to get Midge out of bed in the morning (or in the middle of the night if it's for one of their nocturnal excursions). At the beginning of Susan Pulls the Strings, after just one night in Wichwood, Susan amazes the Carmichaels by getting Midge downstairs in time for breakfast. How this was done is not explained, the text merely stating that "Susan set to work on her". However, as the series developed, a number of amusing ways were found to drag the reluctant Midge out of her peaceful slumber. My particular favourite is in Susan Muddles Through, when a cold wet sponge is used. In Susan Rushes In, when the cousins are going to collect mulberry leaves from the gallery across the street to save Pea-green's stolen silk worms from starvation, Susan shines a torch beam into Midge's eyes until she wakes up. In Where is Susan? the ploy is to just keep talking and bombarding Midge with questions until she is obliged to haul herself out of bed. In Susan's Trying Term, when Gabrielle breaks the school rules by sneaking out to the fair, Susan appeals to her cousin's conscience, warning her that this could mean Charlotte losing her coveted position as head of the house and being replaced by Hermione Pennington-Smith. Whatever tactic is used, rousing Midge always provides a comic moment in the stories.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Susan felt rather uncomfortable at the thought of switching patron saints... but she had to admit that the Venetians had made a gorgeous job of St. Mark's... and perhaps St. Theodore hadn't really minded... he probably wouldn't, seeing that he was a saint...
From WHERE IS SUSAN?, Chapter 3, Refuge.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Why is this Collins annual from the late 1950s unique?
The answer to Quiz 55: The illness that Penny gets in Fivepenny Mystery is chicken pox. This illness is often a plot device in Jane Shaw. It was chicken pox that sent Susan to Kent in Susan's Helping Hand and kept Katherine and Fiona at school in The Moochers Abroad.
Monday, May 14, 2012
"This must be Friars Combe," said Jill, consulting the sketch-map that the Mallorys had sent. "This must be the school. Now we go through the village, turn right, then right again along the main road - that's the Warminster road..." Dr. Carter followed Jill's instructions. "Now slowly, Daddy; there should be a gate and a road leading off to the left."
From THREEPENNY BIT, Chapter 1, Penny Becomes A Collector.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Susan said afterwards that she nearly died. An invisible ghost, with only the sound of hooves to betray his presence, was bad; a real live - well, dead - ghost galloping past them was a thousand, thousand times worse. The girls crouched in the ditch and shivered with terror.
From SUSAN'S KIND HEART, Chapter 8, Mysterious Piece of Silver.
Friday, May 11, 2012
There was talk of a reward. We hoped very much that there would be a reward, a nice big one, big enough to bring us back to South Africa one day very soon. We could hardly drag ourselves away from our relations that terrible day at Jan Smuts Airport when we said good-bye.
From NOTHING HAPPENED AFTER ALL, Chapter 16, Nothing Happened After All.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
They settled themselves at Quadri's for a change, all ready for another good gaze at the fabulous façade of St. Mark's; in fact, so intent was their gaze, that the tall girl with red hair and a very pretty green frock was standing by their table before they were aware of her.
"Why, hullo," said the beautiful Russian spy, "how nice to see you again!"
From WHERE IS SUSAN?, Chapter 5, Capture.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Celia thought, "This is it," and made a sudden movement to the side so that the dinghy tipped dangerously. Miss Grey screamed and fell flat on her face in the water. Geneviève's brother hastened to her rescue; bedraggled and dripping, but her glasses still firmly on her nose and her bun still firmly on her neck, Miss Grey struggled to her feet.
"You little beast," she said venomously, turning on Celia, "you pushed me in. You tried to drown me - you know I can't swim-"
From THE MOOCHERS ABROAD, Chapter 8, The Split Infinitive.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Next morning Jennifer lay in bed, the sun streaming in her window, and watched the swallows wheeling and swooping in their morning game. They'll soon be going back to England, she thought, and she didn't even feel an ache at the back of her throat. I'll go back - sometime, I'll go back, she thought.
From VENTURE TO SOUTH AFRICA, Chapter 14, Jennifer Changes Her Mind.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
This time he really did laugh - at our faces, I suppose. "Och, that wasn't difficult," he said. "Young Thomas was going round all the folks in the hotel this morning asking for the loan of their Kurkartes. He looked quite thrilled when I said that I had lit my pipe with mine."
Tish and I glanced at each other quickly... But of course that was a joke. We weren't likely to be so silly again - it was quite impossible to believe that Dr. Maclaren was a crook.
From THE TALL MAN, Chapter 7, We Make Our Reports.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
"But sir!" said David indignantly, getting his breath back. "You told me to take them!"
"Told you to take them? I did nothing of the kind! I told you to take a pile of old junk from the table on the right-hand side of the door. These plants were on the left-hand side. Good heavens, boy, don't you know your left hand from your right hand?"
Well, there it is. David just stood there, getting redder and redder. For the fact of the matter is that David often doesn't know his left hand from his right hand unless he stops to think. He is left-handed, you see, and naturally his left hand is the important one to him and when you say to him, turn right, he often just automatically sturns left - Jill and I are always teasing him about it...
From JUMBLE SALE.