History Literature / ChaletSchool

10th Mar '17 8:26:53 AM XFllo
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* SpiritedYoungLady: Joey certainly fits all the criteria, at least until she settles down with Jack. Mary-Lou Trelawney also has some SpiritedYoungLady tendencies - she's notorious for saying whatever pops into her head and getting away with it, and unlike many other girls, she's more interested in a career than marriage.



* StiffUpperLip: Could almost be a trope codifier.
21st Nov '16 1:45:20 PM Kankurette
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* {{Fainting}}: Happens to a lot of characters, particularly Joey and the more delicate girls. It's usually the emotional or exhaustion kind (for instance, when Joey is so overwhelmed by the Passion Play in ''Jo of the Chalet School'' that she faints).
21st Nov '16 1:43:34 PM Kankurette
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** Carola Johnstone, generally. Her motto is 'I didn't think!' See LeeroyJenkins below.
21st Nov '16 1:42:40 PM Kankurette
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: A rather odd example in ''Redheads'', where a criminal gang plan to kidnap policeman's stepdaughter Flavia Ansell/Letton (one of the titular redheads) and drug her by giving her milk spiked with sedatives. When they discover they've got the wrong girl, Val Pertwee, they put her on a train...and make sure she has the correct ticket. So kidnapping and drugging teenage girls is [=OK=], but travelling with the wrong ticket isn't?
21st Nov '16 1:36:44 PM Kankurette
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* KnittingPregnancyAnnouncement: Joey does this in ''Mary-Lou'', in order to explain to Mary-Lou why she can't deal with Jessica Wayne herself. She shows Mary-Lou some baby clothes she's been knitting. (A few books later, she gives birth to her ninth child, Cecil.)
4th Nov '16 1:09:09 PM Kankurette
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* SiblingYingYang: Several examples. As well as Joey and Madge, and Jack and Anne Lambert, there's also the Linton sisters; Gillian is the older, more responsible sister who is PromotedToParent and later becomes a mistress at the school, while Joyce, the younger one, is a lazy, selfish SpoiledBrat.

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* SiblingYingYang: SiblingYinYang / FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Several examples. As well as Joey and Madge, and Jack and Anne Lambert, there's also the Linton sisters; Gillian is the older, more responsible sister who is PromotedToParent and later becomes a mistress at the school, while Joyce, the younger one, is a lazy, selfish SpoiledBrat.
4th Nov '16 1:03:46 PM Kankurette
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* StockShoujoBullyingTactics: Yes, even in the Chalet School these occur, but not very often. Lavender, Emerence, Eustacia and a few other girls are sent to Coventry by their classmates. Some characters also hide other characters' things as a prank, such as the lost property prank in ''Trials''.
26th Oct '16 2:26:17 PM Kankurette
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* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: In-universe, when writing her first school story, Joey worries that if she has her characters playing pranks, people who read the book might be inspired to copy them.
26th Oct '16 2:24:35 PM Kankurette
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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Verity-Ann Carey is on the receiving end of this. She starts off as an old-fashioned and rather pig-headed little girl in ''Three Go to the Chalet School'', who refuses to join in with the other girls' 'hoydenish' games or sing in German. In the Swiss series, she becomes increasingly dependent on Mary-Lou to the point of helplessness, and is later described by Joey as a 'broken reed' or a 'clinging vine' who's holding Mary-Lou back (until she conveniently gets married off), characteristics that were not at all evident in the war / Island years.


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* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: In-universe, when writing her first school story, Joey worries that if she has her characters playing pranks, people who read the book might be inspired to copy them.
22nd Oct '16 2:00:32 PM Kankurette
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* CompletelyMissingThePoint: In ''Changes'', the Dawbarn twins, Primrose Trevoase, Peggy Harper and Carol Soames have a clandestine picnic in the orchard. Their 'tuck' is stashed in a cupboard, and Priscilla Dawbarn manages to open it by squeezing her arm through a gap and unlocking it. Carol suggests they take some sweets from the sweet cupboard, which is unlocked, but Priscilla refuses, stating that Matron trusts them not to steal from an unlocked cupboard. This is pointed out to them later.

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* CompletelyMissingThePoint: In ''Changes'', the Dawbarn twins, Primrose Trevoase, Peggy Harper and Carol Soames have a clandestine picnic in the orchard. Their 'tuck' is stashed in a cupboard, and Priscilla Dawbarn manages to open it by squeezing her arm through a gap and unlocking it. Carol suggests they take some sweets from the sweet cupboard, which is unlocked, but Priscilla refuses, stating that Matron trusts them not to steal from an unlocked cupboard. This The irony of this is pointed out to them later.
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