|This is the first ever illustration for a Jane Shaw book, the frontispiece for Breton holiday, drawn by A. H. Watson in 1939.|
Thursday, July 30, 2015
|Whenever I have read about Breton Adventure and Bernese Adventure, they are always described as "slightly abridged" versions of the original Holiday books. In Susan and Friends, detailed descriptions are given of two scenes that were edited or deleted prior to the publication of Bernese Adventure, both from Chapter 11. On Page 105, it says that when Caroline and Sara were on the train to Interlaken, "the nice blue-eyed guard came and passed the time of day with them; and when they reached Interlaken, Sara went quite wild over the shops". In Bernese Holiday, the train journey scene is longer, with Sara thinking that the guard's name is Bob because he has the letters BOB emblazoned on his cap. Caroline explains that the letters actually stand for Bernese Oberland Bahn. The other deleted scene takes place the next morning, when Sara awakes early and is delighted to find that it is snowing. After breakfast, Caroline and Vanessa decide to take advantage of the cold snap to write some post cards. The next paragraph begins: "Two days later, the snow had gone, the sun came out again and the flowers reappeared..." However, in Bernese Holiday, while the others are writing their post cards, Sara borrows the hotel owner's skis and has a go at skiing. Caroline eventually has to come out and dig her out of a snow drift. One of the members of the Jane Shaw Facebook group, who has a copy of Bernese Holiday, also recalls what she refers to as some "curtailed dialogue" but could not be more specific as she had conducted her comparison some time ago. I recently purchased a copy of Breton Holiday and looked forward to comparing it with the reissued version. However, as far as I can tell, there was no abridging of the story at all. The above photograph shows the contents page of Breton Holiday on the left and the Adventure on the right. They are identical. So, although the original book is much thicker, there are no extra scenes. The only differences are that the dedication to Jane Shaw's parents is omitted from the Adventure and that the Holiday has a black and white frontispiece drawn by Alice Helena Watson. My copy of Breton Adventure has no frontispiece, although I've been told that some editions of the book did have one. Bernese Adventure has had two frontispieces, one colour and one black and white, which you can see by clicking here and here.|
That evening Mrs Eliot had a brain-wave. She discussed it with Dr Eliot, and as soon as the family were all off to school she took the two little figures which had been with the box of junk out of the china cabinet, and wrapping them up in cotton-wool and tissue paper she took them into town, to a little antique shop into whose windows she had often gazed. She came out without them, beaming, and then she went home and telephoned Mrs. Rivett. ... And then she could hardly wait for the children to come home from school and for Dr Eliot to come home from his patients, but when they all did she dropped her bombshell.
From VENTURE TO SOUTH AFRICA, Chapter 14, Jennifer Changes Her Mind.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
"You can go round by the main road," said Mrs. Pengelly, "but it's a nice walk down the side of the Haven and over the cliff. I've got a basket with a lid that you can put wee Thomas in, and he'll be no trouble to you."
"Oh, is Thomas going?" asked Fiona regretfully, "I'll miss him."
"He's going to a good home," said Mrs. Pengelly, "and the Sandercock children are mad to have him."
She gave the girls full directions for finding the house, and put Thomas into his basket. Thomas took a poor view of his imprisonment and objected piteously.
From THE MOOCHERS ABROAD, Chapter 4, Curiouser and Curiouser.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
|On the ferry approaching Arran.|
|East coast of Arran.|
|Cir Mhor from Broddick Bay.|
|The bus stop at Blackwaterfoot.|
|The bridge at Blackwaterfoot.|
|View of the Goatfell.|
The String Road. Like Penny and her father, I also smelled the peat when we reached the top. However, the bus was going too fast for me to glimpse the view of the sea on both sides of the island at the same time.
|The little isle of Ailsa Craig, just to the south of Arran.|
|Another view of the snow-capped peaks.|
The worst was nothing like what they expected. They were lying by themselves sun-bathing at the grève the next afternoon, when a young man, slight, but with a body which seemed to be entirely composed of springs, came bounding down the path with a dog at his heels. Coming over to the girls, he grinned till his eyes crinkled up and disappeared, shook hands, and announced himself as Raymond.
From BRETON HOLIDAY, Chapter 2, They Meet Artichokes, Ajax - and Raymond.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
|After leaving Newton Place, where Jane Shaw's house is located, you turn right up Elderslie Street until you come to Clairmont Gardens.|
|After climbing these steps, walk along.|
|Lynedoch Street, where Park School is located.|
|25 Lynedoch Street. The words Park School remain on the gate, but the school itself closed long ago and was converted into flats.|
|Close-up view. Jane Shaw studied here from 1919 to 1928. After school she went to Glasgow University to study English Literature and Language.|
|View from the school. Lynedoch Crescent is just across the street.|
|View of Lynedoch Street to the left when exiting the school.|
|View to the right, "down the hill", where Ricky, Julie and Fay walked in Crooks Limited.|
|Full view of Park School.|
View from "down the hill".
|Woodlands Road, where the girls debated waiting for the bus or walking to the next stop.|
Fanny opened the door which looked on to the Loch. "What about burglars?" she quavered.
Lilias laughed bitterly. "You seem to forget the state of our finances," she said.
"Yes, but do the burglars know about that?" said Fanny.
From THE CREW OF THE BELINDA, Chapter 6, More Miracles.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
The illustration used on the spine of the first edition of Susan Muddles Through is different from the one used in the Seagull Library edition, although it depicts the same scene. In Chapter 6, Investigating Cap'n Dan, Susan decides that the old sailor is involved in what she calls "shady activities" and, in Chapter 7, Gossip, Susan and Bill pry open the box of lobsters that Cap´n Dan leaves by the side of the road to be picked up and shipped to London. They are sure that the old skinflint is smuggling diamonds. To their chagrin and disappointment, however, the crate does not contain diamonds. Furthermore, Susan is not expecting the lobsters to be alive, and some of them escape and run onto the road. Susan and Bill have to get them back in and get the crate sealed up again before the arrival of the bus. Once again, one of Susan's hare-brained schemes has gone awry, much to the frustration of Midge and Bill, who have allowed themselves to be suckered into yet another one of her mad escapades.
It was certainly dark enough. The autumn mists had crept back again and there did not seem to be even a star in the sky. Susan and Midge went cautiously through the field in front of the house, and as Susan said, she wouldn't have thought it possible that there should be so many thistles growing in one field.
"I didn't think that there were so many thistles in the world," said Midge. "And I've stood on them all. My legs are all scratched and bleeding. It'll be a wonder if I don't bleed to death."
From SUSAN MUDDLES THROUGH, Chapter 9, Suspect Number Two.
|On 20th April, 2015, I was in Scotland and made a few visits to important locations in Jane Shaw's life and stories. Just off Sauchiehall Street is Newton Place, where Jane Shaw lived during her entire childhood.|
|The Patrick family lived at Number 9, about half way along the very short street. Today the house is called Technology House.|
|View of the house from across the street.|
|View of the whole house.|
|Close-up of number and Technology House name plate. Strange that there is nothing to commemorate Jane Shaw here at all. Just another forgotten author. Sad.|
|Nice view of the front door.|
|Looking back at the end of the street.|
|Leaving Newton Place. Jane Shaw would walk out this end of the street on school days on her way to Park School, which is only about ten minutes' walk.|