History Literature / ChaletSchool

4th Mar '16 2:20:43 PM Kankurette
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* NoodleIncident: In ''The Chalet School Goes To It'', it's mentioned Jack Maynard's nephew Rolf was killed as a result of disobeying his parents, but it's never revealed exactly what he did. And we never find out just why Marilyn Evans was such a bad Head Girl, other than prioritising schoolwork over prefect duties.

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* NoodleIncident: In ''The Chalet School Goes To It'', it's mentioned Jack Maynard's nephew Rolf was killed as a result of disobeying his parents, but it's never revealed exactly what he did. And we never find out just why Marilyn Evans was such a bad Head Girl, Girl in the Armishire years, other than prioritising schoolwork over prefect duties.
4th Mar '16 2:19:59 PM Kankurette
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** Several characters are also victims of emotional abuse, including Grizel Cochrane (who is also on the receiving end of financial abuse from her parents) and Theodora / Ted Grantley, who has a ''very'' strained relationship with her mother. And Juliet Carrick's parents just plain ''dump'' her on Madge (see ParentalAbandonment below).



* BitchAlert: If a character is evil or just generally unpleasant, [=EBD=] lets the reader know straight away. They often have harsh voices, dislike and/or get into an argument with the heroine of the book, Joey or one of her relatives, and are either ugly, plain, 'sharp-featured' (such as [[SpoiledBrat Emerence Hope]]) or pretty in a 'cheap' or 'showy' way (such as [[RichBitch Zephyr Burthill).

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* BitchAlert: If a character is evil or just generally unpleasant, [=EBD=] lets the reader know straight away. They often have harsh voices, dislike and/or get into an argument with the heroine of the book, Joey or one of her relatives, and are either ugly, plain, 'sharp-featured' (such as [[SpoiledBrat Emerence Hope]]) or pretty in a 'cheap' or 'showy' way (such as [[RichBitch Zephyr Burthill).Burthill]]).


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* NoodleIncident: In ''The Chalet School Goes To It'', it's mentioned Jack Maynard's nephew Rolf was killed as a result of disobeying his parents, but it's never revealed exactly what he did. And we never find out just why Marilyn Evans was such a bad Head Girl, other than prioritising schoolwork over prefect duties.
4th Mar '16 2:14:43 PM Kankurette
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* BitchAlert: If a character is evil or just generally unpleasant, [=EBD=] lets the reader know straight away. They often have harsh voices, dislike and/or get into an argument with the heroine of the book, Joey or one of her relatives, and are either ugly, plain, 'sharp-featured' (such as [[SpoiledBrat Emerence Hope]]) or pretty in a 'cheap' or 'showy' way (such as [[RichBitch Zephyr Burthill).
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* AintTooProudToBeg: When Miss Browne informs [[spoiler:Vera]] that she is to be expelled in ''Rivals'', [[spoiler: Vera]] throws herself down on the floor and begs the headmistress not to expel her. Miss Browne isn't interested and tells her she must 'never kneel to another human being'.
** Zephyr Burthill tries the same trick in ''Jo to the Rescue'' with Simone de Bersac, kneeling down and begging her to give her Phoebe's cello. Simone isn't having any of it.
28th Dec '15 12:18:45 PM Kankurette
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* MoodWhiplash: In ''Eustacia Goes to the Chalet School'', Frieda Mensch's sister Bernhilda gets married, and Frieda, Joey, Simone and many others are invited and have a wonderful time. [[spoiler: During the wedding party, Frieda discovers via Joey and a servant girl that her grandmother is dying.]]
24th Dec '15 5:31:36 PM eroock
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* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: the prefects have their moments. On top of their schoolwork, they are also expected to supervise the younger girls in prep sessions, clubs and games practices. They are also able to dole out punishments and often take matters into their own hands when younger girls are behaving badly or fighting amongst themselves.

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* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: the The prefects have their moments. On top of their schoolwork, they are also expected to supervise the younger girls in prep sessions, clubs and games practices. They are also able to dole out punishments and often take matters into their own hands when younger girls are behaving badly or fighting amongst themselves.



* AerithAndBob: on the one hand, there are girls with pretty conventional names, such as Gillian Culver, Beth Chester, Margaret Twiss, Mary Woodley and Amy Stevens. On the other, there's the likes of Verity-Ann Carey, Yseult Pertwee, Loveday Perowne, Viola Lucy, Josette Russell, Zephyr Burthill, Evadne Lannis, and many other girls with equally weird names.

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* AerithAndBob: on On the one hand, there are girls with pretty conventional names, such as Gillian Culver, Beth Chester, Margaret Twiss, Mary Woodley and Amy Stevens. On the other, there's the likes of Verity-Ann Carey, Yseult Pertwee, Loveday Perowne, Viola Lucy, Josette Russell, Zephyr Burthill, Evadne Lannis, and many other girls with equally weird names.



* {{Blackmail}}: used by Margot against Ted Grantley in ''Theodora''. [[spoiler: Margot finds out that Ted has been expelled from various schools, and threatens to make it public if she doesn't stay away from Len.]]

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* {{Blackmail}}: used Used by Margot against Ted Grantley in ''Theodora''. [[spoiler: Margot finds out that Ted has been expelled from various schools, and threatens to make it public if she doesn't stay away from Len.]]



* ContrivedCoincidence: loads throughout the series. One particular glaring example is ''Two Sams'', in which Samaris Davies and Samantha van der Byl discover at the end of the book that they're long-lost cousins. Other new girls, such as Adrienne Desmoines and Melanie Lucas, turn out to be related to Old Girls ([[spoiler:the Robin]] and [[spoiler: Jeanne le Cadoulec]] respectively). ''The Wrong Chalet School'' is full of them. As one fan said:

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* ContrivedCoincidence: loads Loads throughout the series. One particular glaring example is ''Two Sams'', in which Samaris Davies and Samantha van der Byl discover at the end of the book that they're long-lost cousins. Other new girls, such as Adrienne Desmoines and Melanie Lucas, turn out to be related to Old Girls ([[spoiler:the Robin]] and [[spoiler: Jeanne le Cadoulec]] respectively). ''The Wrong Chalet School'' is full of them. As one fan said:



* DarkerAndEdgier: the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII stories are darker in tone than the other books, the most notable example being ''The Chalet School In Exile''. [[spoiler: Starts off with the school being forced to leave the Tirol due to the Anschluss, and losing German and Austrian pupils, who are recalled to their own countries. Joey, Robin, Cornelia, Miss Wilson and a load of others wind up having to escape from the Nazis after Joey gets into an argument with some men who are attacking an old Jewish man, during which Miss Wilson's hair turns white. Mlle Lepattre, one of the original heads of the school and Cornelia's guardian, dies after a long illness, while Maria Marani's father is killed in a concentration camp, and Frieda's husband has a narrow escape from one. A Nazi spy infiltrates the school, although luckily, she has a HeelFaceTurn. Finally, Maria and Cornelia are seriously injured after trying to save a man from being burned to death.]]

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* DarkerAndEdgier: the The UsefulNotes/WorldWarII stories are darker in tone than the other books, the most notable example being ''The Chalet School In Exile''. [[spoiler: Starts off with the school being forced to leave the Tirol due to the Anschluss, and losing German and Austrian pupils, who are recalled to their own countries. Joey, Robin, Cornelia, Miss Wilson and a load of others wind up having to escape from the Nazis after Joey gets into an argument with some men who are attacking an old Jewish man, during which Miss Wilson's hair turns white. Mlle Lepattre, one of the original heads of the school and Cornelia's guardian, dies after a long illness, while Maria Marani's father is killed in a concentration camp, and Frieda's husband has a narrow escape from one. A Nazi spy infiltrates the school, although luckily, she has a HeelFaceTurn. Finally, Maria and Cornelia are seriously injured after trying to save a man from being burned to death.]]



* DeadGuyJunior: many, many times. Joey's daughter Margot, for example, was named after her brother-in-law's dead sister, and Gisela Mensch names her daughter Natalie after her grandmother's dead baby daughter.
* DefrostingIceQueen: some new girls go through this, such as Prunella Davidson in ''The Chalet School Does It Again'' and Edna Purdom in ''The Chalet School in the Oberland''. Though they get off to a bad start and their jerkiness alienates and annoys other girls, they soon make friends and/or encounter Joey, and gradually start to thaw out and fit in.
* DeweyDefeatsTruman: in ''The Chalet School in Exile'', one of the wartime books, the school relocates to Guernsey. As [[http://lampandbook.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/chalet-school-in-exile-2.html this article]] points out, Brent-Dyer had no way of knowing that, just after the book was published, the Nazis would invade Guernsey.

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* DeadGuyJunior: many, Many, many times. Joey's daughter Margot, for example, was named after her brother-in-law's dead sister, and Gisela Mensch names her daughter Natalie after her grandmother's dead baby daughter.
* DefrostingIceQueen: some Some new girls go through this, such as Prunella Davidson in ''The Chalet School Does It Again'' and Edna Purdom in ''The Chalet School in the Oberland''. Though they get off to a bad start and their jerkiness alienates and annoys other girls, they soon make friends and/or encounter Joey, and gradually start to thaw out and fit in.
* DeweyDefeatsTruman: in In ''The Chalet School in Exile'', one of the wartime books, the school relocates to Guernsey. As [[http://lampandbook.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/chalet-school-in-exile-2.html this article]] points out, Brent-Dyer had no way of knowing that, just after the book was published, the Nazis would invade Guernsey.



* DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery: looking at ''you'', Naomi Elton.
* DisproportionateRetribution: OK, so Betty Wynne-Davies had a bit of a grudge against Robin, Daisy and the [=McDonald=] twins, but was [[spoiler: potentially selling the isle of Erisay out to the Nazis]] really necessary?

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* DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery: looking Looking at ''you'', Naomi Elton.
* DisproportionateRetribution: OK, so Betty Wynne-Davies had a bit of a grudge against Robin, Daisy and the [=McDonald=] twins, but was [[spoiler: potentially Potentially selling the isle of Erisay out to the Nazis]] really necessary?



* DumbBlonde: the Ozanne twins and Yseult Pertwee definitely qualify. Played with with Marie von Eschenau - she's the least academic of the Quartette and is more known for her looks than her academics, but she certainly isn't thick. And Daisy Venables, Stacie Benson and Frieda Mensch are all ''major'' aversions.

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* DumbBlonde: the The Ozanne twins and Yseult Pertwee definitely qualify. Played with with Marie von Eschenau - she's the least academic of the Quartette and is more known for her looks than her academics, but she certainly isn't thick. And Daisy Venables, Stacie Benson and Frieda Mensch are all ''major'' aversions.



* EyeScream: poor Rikki Fry gets ammonia sprayed in her eyes by a horrible American child in ''The Chalet School and Richenda''. She doesn't go blind, but does have to wear glasses for several years.
* FeudEpisode: not just between girls, but between ''entire schools''. First, there's ''Rivals of the Chalet School'', in which a rivalry flares up between the Chalet School pupils and the girls from the nearby St Scholastika's (which eventually merges with the Chalet School a few books later), which only takes British girls. Much later on, there's ''The Feud in the Chalet School'' (see AHouseDivided above).

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* EyeScream: poor Poor Rikki Fry gets ammonia sprayed in her eyes by a horrible American child in ''The Chalet School and Richenda''. She doesn't go blind, but does have to wear glasses for several years.
* FeudEpisode: not Not just between girls, but between ''entire schools''. First, there's ''Rivals of the Chalet School'', in which a rivalry flares up between the Chalet School pupils and the girls from the nearby St Scholastika's (which eventually merges with the Chalet School a few books later), which only takes British girls. Much later on, there's ''The Feud in the Chalet School'' (see AHouseDivided above).



* HotBlooded: although a good few of the girls qualify, such as Simone Lecoutier, Jack Lambert and Betty Wynne-Davies, Joey is the most prominent example and can be pretty temperamental, though she (for the most part) calms down as she gets older. Margot takes after her in that respect, although her temper is even ''worse'', and she refers to it as 'my demon'. Joey attributes this to her and Jack having spoiled Margot as a child. Margot does try to control it, but it gets her into trouble on several occasions.
* IAteWhat: the school's reaction in ''Carola Storms'', when it's revealed that Carola and her fellow classmates accidentally fried the doughnuts which have been served for the school tea in ''cod liver oil''.

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* HotBlooded: although Although a good few of the girls qualify, such as Simone Lecoutier, Jack Lambert and Betty Wynne-Davies, Joey is the most prominent example and can be pretty temperamental, though she (for the most part) calms down as she gets older. Margot takes after her in that respect, although her temper is even ''worse'', and she refers to it as 'my demon'. Joey attributes this to her and Jack having spoiled Margot as a child. Margot does try to control it, but it gets her into trouble on several occasions.
* IAteWhat: the The school's reaction in ''Carola Storms'', when it's revealed that Carola and her fellow classmates accidentally fried the doughnuts which have been served for the school tea in ''cod liver oil''.



* InelegantBlubbering: played for laughs with Margaret Twiss, in ''A Leader in the Chalet School'':

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* InelegantBlubbering: played Played for laughs with Margaret Twiss, in ''A Leader in the Chalet School'':



* ImportantHaircut: or rather, important hair''do''. You know a girl has officially reached adulthood when she starts putting her hair up. Madge bemoans in ''Exploits'' how her former students are getting older when she sees Vanna di Ricci and Frieda Mensch wearing their hair up.

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* ImportantHaircut: or Or rather, important hair''do''. You know a girl has officially reached adulthood when she starts putting her hair up. Madge bemoans in ''Exploits'' how her former students are getting older when she sees Vanna di Ricci and Frieda Mensch wearing their hair up.



* InstantIllness: any exposure to chills, rain, drafts, mud or cold water is fairly certain to leave the victim in the grip of a life-threatening disease if they're not immediately put into a hot bath and then into bed with two hot water bottles. In one book, Jo spends three days unconscious and is bedridden for over a week after standing for literally a few minutes by an open door on a snowy day.
* {{Jerkass}}: even in the Chalet School, there are bullies, the worst being [[UpperClassTwit Thekla von Stift]], [[KickTheDog Betty Wynne-Davies]] and [[GadgeteerGenius Jack Lambert]]. The first two are the only girls to be expelled, although Jack does get better later on in the series.

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* InstantIllness: any Any exposure to chills, rain, drafts, mud or cold water is fairly certain to leave the victim in the grip of a life-threatening disease if they're not immediately put into a hot bath and then into bed with two hot water bottles. In one book, Jo spends three days unconscious and is bedridden for over a week after standing for literally a few minutes by an open door on a snowy day.
* {{Jerkass}}: even Even in the Chalet School, there are bullies, the worst being [[UpperClassTwit Thekla von Stift]], [[KickTheDog Betty Wynne-Davies]] and [[GadgeteerGenius Jack Lambert]]. The first two are the only girls to be expelled, although Jack does get better later on in the series.



* LethalChef: played for laughs in some of the cookery classes. As well as the fishy doughnuts mentioned above, there's a bit in ''The Chalet School and the Lintons'' where Cornelia Flower uses ''garlic'' cloves as flavouring for apple pies rather than normal cloves, and Lavender and her friends make some borderline inedible waffles and fruit cake in ''Lavender Laughs''. Luckily, Anna is smart enough to guess how the attempts at baking will turn out, and bakes some buns.

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* LethalChef: played Played for laughs in some of the cookery classes. As well as the fishy doughnuts mentioned above, there's a bit in ''The Chalet School and the Lintons'' where Cornelia Flower uses ''garlic'' cloves as flavouring for apple pies rather than normal cloves, and Lavender and her friends make some borderline inedible waffles and fruit cake in ''Lavender Laughs''. Luckily, Anna is smart enough to guess how the attempts at baking will turn out, and bakes some buns.



* MakeUpIsEvil: at least, if you're a junior, middle or fifth former. Joan Baker (in ''Problem'') and Betty Wynne-Davies and her group (in ''The Chalet School Goes To It'') are looked down on and castigated by teachers and other girls for being 'cheap' and wearing too much make-up, tarty clothes and, in Betty's case, getting a perm. However, curiously, girls at the finishing branch at St Mildred's are ''expected'' to wear make-up (albeit not too much) - in ''The Chalet School in the Oberland'', one girl, Edna, is told to wear more make-up, and there's a common belief throughout the books that if one does not look one's best, one is insulting other people by forcing them to look at one's ugly face.

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* MakeUpIsEvil: at At least, if you're a junior, middle or fifth former. Joan Baker (in ''Problem'') and Betty Wynne-Davies and her group (in ''The Chalet School Goes To It'') are looked down on and castigated by teachers and other girls for being 'cheap' and wearing too much make-up, tarty clothes and, in Betty's case, getting a perm. However, curiously, girls at the finishing branch at St Mildred's are ''expected'' to wear make-up (albeit not too much) - in ''The Chalet School in the Oberland'', one girl, Edna, is told to wear more make-up, and there's a common belief throughout the books that if one does not look one's best, one is insulting other people by forcing them to look at one's ugly face.



* MeaningfulRename: two examples stand out in the series, courtesy of Joey. Firstly, Eustacia Benson becomes known as 'Stacie' in ''Eustacia'' after [[BreakTheHaughty getting injured on a mountain]] and subsequently [[TookALevelInKindness taking a level in kindness]]. Secondly, in ''Theodora'', Jo gives troubled teen Theodora Grantley the nickname of 'Ted' to represent her wiping the slate clean by starting a new life at the Chalet School and putting her DarkAndTroubledPast behind her.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: several times. For example, Deira in ''Head Girl'' chucks a stone at Grizel's head (mostly accidentally - mostly) and suffers violent remorse.

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* MeaningfulRename: two Two examples stand out in the series, courtesy of Joey. Firstly, Eustacia Benson becomes known as 'Stacie' in ''Eustacia'' after [[BreakTheHaughty getting injured on a mountain]] and subsequently [[TookALevelInKindness taking a level in kindness]]. Secondly, in ''Theodora'', Jo gives troubled teen Theodora Grantley the nickname of 'Ted' to represent her wiping the slate clean by starting a new life at the Chalet School and putting her DarkAndTroubledPast behind her.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: several Several times. For example, Deira in ''Head Girl'' chucks a stone at Grizel's head (mostly accidentally - mostly) and suffers violent remorse.



* OneSteveLimit: averted. There are ten billion Margarets (with varying nicknames) floating round, not to mention three different Mateys (not including other matrons who don't last very long).
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: the Robin's real name is Cecilia Marya Humphries, but she's generally referred to by her childhood nickname. There's also Polly Heriot (real name Hildegard), Jack Lambert (real name Jacynth) and Tom Gay (real name Lucinda Muriel, and given that Tom is a huge tomboy, it's unsurprising she hates her name).

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* OneSteveLimit: averted.Averted. There are ten billion Margarets (with varying nicknames) floating round, not to mention three different Mateys (not including other matrons who don't last very long).
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: the The Robin's real name is Cecilia Marya Humphries, but she's generally referred to by her childhood nickname. There's also Polly Heriot (real name Hildegard), Jack Lambert (real name Jacynth) and Tom Gay (real name Lucinda Muriel, and given that Tom is a huge tomboy, it's unsurprising she hates her name).



* PluckyGirl: again, there are loads of them, Joey being a notable example.
* PromotionToParent: several examples, most notably Madge and her twin brother Dick, who are responsible for Joey after their parents die, and Gillian Linton, who takes care of her BrattyHalfPint sister Joyce while their mother is ill.
* ProperLady: many of the German, French and Tyrolean girls, particularly in the Tyrol years. And [[SpoiledBrat Lavender Leigh]] would like to think she is one.

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* PluckyGirl: again, Again, there are loads of them, Joey being a notable example.
* PromotionToParent: several Several examples, most notably Madge and her twin brother Dick, who are responsible for Joey after their parents die, and Gillian Linton, who takes care of her BrattyHalfPint sister Joyce while their mother is ill.
* ProperLady: many Many of the German, French and Tyrolean girls, particularly in the Tyrol years. And [[SpoiledBrat Lavender Leigh]] would like to think she is one.



* QuittingToGetMarried: happens to several mistresses, including Hilary Burn, Mollie Maynard, Biddy O'Ryan, Simone Lecoutier (though she does return to teach during the war) and, of course, Madge. Miss Annersley and Miss Wilson are notable exceptions. Julie Lucy also has to give up her future career as a barrister when she gets engaged as, according to Joey, 'she won't have time as the wife of a housemaster'. Bear in mind that married women giving up their jobs happened a lot during the period the books were written.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: non-villainous example. Miss Annersley gives a lot of these to misbehaving or careless students, often resulting in them feeling mentally reduced to fragments.

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* QuittingToGetMarried: happens Happens to several mistresses, including Hilary Burn, Mollie Maynard, Biddy O'Ryan, Simone Lecoutier (though she does return to teach during the war) and, of course, Madge. Miss Annersley and Miss Wilson are notable exceptions. Julie Lucy also has to give up her future career as a barrister when she gets engaged as, according to Joey, 'she won't have time as the wife of a housemaster'. Bear in mind that married women giving up their jobs happened a lot during the period the books were written.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: non-villainous Non-villainous example. Miss Annersley gives a lot of these to misbehaving or careless students, often resulting in them feeling mentally reduced to fragments.



* TextileWorkIsFeminine: the Tyrolean and German girls are big on sewing, periods are set aside for mending clothes, and being able to sew and mend is considered an important ability for a potential wife and homemaker. More tomboyish or rebellious girls, such as Cornelia and Joey, hate sewing, and Joey's efforts drive Gisela to distraction in the early books. Several girls in the Hobbies Club do various crafts as their hobbies.

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* TextileWorkIsFeminine: the The Tyrolean and German girls are big on sewing, periods are set aside for mending clothes, and being able to sew and mend is considered an important ability for a potential wife and homemaker. More tomboyish or rebellious girls, such as Cornelia and Joey, hate sewing, and Joey's efforts drive Gisela to distraction in the early books. Several girls in the Hobbies Club do various crafts as their hobbies.



* YodelLand: how Switzerland can come across in the later books, and the Tyrol in the earlier ones: mountains, snow, skiing, delicious food, inclement weather, avalanches, evergreen pastures, herdsmen with goats' milk tasting of onions, etc. However, unlike the Tyrol, [=EBD=] had spent very little time in Switzerland, if any, and was mainly relying on tourist guides in order to get more information about the setting. This may probably explain why some of the teachers, when acting as [[MisterExposition Miss Exposition]] on class trips, sound like they're reciting passages from a guidebook.

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* YodelLand: how How Switzerland can come across in the later books, and the Tyrol in the earlier ones: mountains, snow, skiing, delicious food, inclement weather, avalanches, evergreen pastures, herdsmen with goats' milk tasting of onions, etc. However, unlike the Tyrol, [=EBD=] had spent very little time in Switzerland, if any, and was mainly relying on tourist guides in order to get more information about the setting. This may probably explain why some of the teachers, when acting as [[MisterExposition Miss Exposition]] on class trips, sound like they're reciting passages from a guidebook.
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* AmbitionIsEvil: Or misguided, anyway. Which is the reaction Miss Slater gets from Miss Dene and younger mistresses when she announces in ''Changes'' that she won't be joining the school in Switzerland as she's got a job in another high school as Head of Maths, and she's had enough of being a junior mistress and wants to advance up the career ladder. Miss O'Brien, Miss Derwent and Miss Burnett all make fun of her and accuse her of thinking she's better than them.
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* CreepyDoll: Baby Voodoo, which a group of junior Middles make in ''New House'' in order to frighten Cornelia. Unfortunately, it doesn't work as Cornelia is a heavy sleeper, and Joey catches them at it and dumps Baby Voodoo on a piano - and when a superstitious maid finds it, all hell breaks loose.

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* CreepyDoll: Baby Voodoo, which a group of junior Middles make in ''New House'' in order to frighten Cornelia.Cornelia by dangling it in front of our bedroom window. Unfortunately, it doesn't work as Cornelia is a heavy sleeper, and Joey catches them at it and dumps Baby Voodoo on a piano - and when a superstitious maid finds it, all hell breaks loose.
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* CreepyDoll: Baby Voodoo, which a group of junior Middles make in ''New House'' in order to frighten Cornelia. Unfortunately, it doesn't work as Cornelia is a heavy sleeper, and Joey catches them at it and dumps Baby Voodoo on a piano - and when a superstitious maid finds it, all hell breaks loose.
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* DidntThinkThisThrough: Miss Browne in ''Rivals'' should have had more of a clue about starting a school in the Tiernsee area. Firstly, the area is mountainous, with heavy snow in winter and a risk of floods, but the St Scholastika's girls are not equipped properly for the area (for instance, they don't have nailed boots like the Chalet School girls). Secondly, they're up against a more established school with strong ties to the local community. Unlike Madge in ''The School at the Chalet'', Miss Browne makes no efforts to integrate into the local community and get to know people beforehand - a tactic which enables Madge to get pupils from local families - or learn about local customs. Thirdly, she's so xenophobic (with her comments about Mlle Lepattre being French and 'we know what ''their'' ideas of education are', and foreigners being dishonourable) that you wonder why she came to a foreign country in the first place. And badmouthing the Chalet School to Dick, Jem, Joey and Captain Humphries after learning Joey was a pupil there? EpicFail. Small wonder St Scholastika's later merges with the Chalet School in ''New House''.

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: Miss Browne in ''Rivals'' should have had more of a clue about starting a school in the Tiernsee area. Firstly, the area is mountainous, with heavy snow in winter and a risk of floods, but the St Scholastika's girls are not equipped properly for the area (for instance, they don't have nailed boots like the Chalet School girls). Secondly, they're up against a more established school with strong ties to the local community. Unlike Madge in ''The School at the Chalet'', Miss Browne makes no efforts to integrate into the local community and get to know people beforehand - a tactic which enables Madge to get pupils from local families - or learn about local customs. Thirdly, she's so xenophobic (with her comments about Mlle Lepattre being French and 'we know what ''their'' ideas of education are', and foreigners being dishonourable) that you wonder why she came to a foreign country in the first place. And badmouthing the Chalet School to Dick, Jem, Joey and Captain Humphries after learning Joey was a pupil there? EpicFail. Small wonder St Scholastika's later merges with the Chalet School in ''New House''.''The New Chalet School''.
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