There are also the masters aka beaks viz. headmaster GRIMES, sigismund the mad maths master ect, and of coarse the skool dog.The golden prose hem-hem of our hero hav been enjoyed by generations of tiny pupils and often continue to hold its allure into adulthood. molesworth fans are a rare but rabid breed who rekognise each other by use of sekrit code phrases such as 'cheers cheers cheers', 'poo er gosh' and 'as any fule kno'. molesworth's influence on a generation or 2 of British humorists was surely immense if subtle but he would be too much the realist expect any credit.
This series provide xsampls of:
Adults Are Useless - parents just do not care, but after being xposed to the likes of molesworth 2 and peason, WHY SHOULD THEY TRY?
all lowercase letters - Employed in a very specific way. Despite what the examples on this page suggest, molesworth does in fact start his sentences with capital letters, but doesn't use them for proper names.
Author Catchphrase - molesworth is positivly Homeric in his use of epithets coo er posh prose eh
Big Eater - molesworth 2 is "always eating" sa molesworth, and we see this in scenes of domestic blis set at the molesworth house where molesworth 2 keep asking for more toast and tea
Bilingual Bonus - mostly for french and latin, and not so much for reel noledge of those languages as for experiense of the kind of textbooks used to teech them in british skools once upon a time
Bizarrchitecture - st custard's was built by a madman and therefor hav an observatory to study worms and a cupola which serv no purpose at all
Black Comedy - o yes it all LOOK sweet and harmless but with all the bullies and blubbing and ice cold baths, well LIFE IS PAIN my dears and there is 0 to be dun about it
Bold Inflation - ALLCAPS gets used for emphasis in fairly random places
Book Dumb - molesworth constantly displa an intelligence not matched by his skool grades
Brilliant but Lazy - if we beleeve "I Am Going to Be Good" in Back in the Jug Agane, molesworth mite be grate at skool if he did but care about it, but when GRIMES giv all the prizes to grabber at the end of the yere anyway, why ort he to care?
British Weather - at its worst, espeshully when molesworth is on the foopball pitch or on his summer hols
The Bully - well yes we are talking about SKOOL, enuff sed
Cricket - anuther 'sporting' experriuns forced on brave noble feerless boys by the system and depikted so well by nigel
Curb-Stomp Battle - always hapen to st. custard's on the foopball pitch. But with dere basil fotherington-tomas in goal, who sa "hullo, clouds, hullo sky" while huge centre-forward bear down on him and SHOT wistle past his nose, what else cud hapen?
Funetik Aksent - not only molesworths speling of English, but when Armand from his french books sho up in britain in Back in the Jug Agane (and is not at all the wet weed molesworth thort he was) he speke English with one of these ("Zis where you live?" ect ect)
Henpecked Husband - when we see molesworths mater and pater, mater is always going on at pater for one thing or another such as how he did 0 during the war
Homage - various day-dreams and piktorial interludes feature the adventures of 'interplanetary clot' Captain molesworth in the style of Dan Dare and similar contemporary "Daring Space-Aces". The sheer number of such characters at the time is Lampshaded by the complaint that non of the various Parody NamedExpys of the villains, such as the PUKON and his TREENS, are ever free for thwarting, being booked up till next year, chiz chiz ect
Jerk Jock - grabber m.a. is head of skool captain of everything (tho he hav no aktual skil at any sport, but a big fat cheque paid to GRIMES wil get you anything) and will tuough you up if you so much as giv him a funy look
Last Name Basis - as in aktual brittish skools of The Fifties, boys and beaks alike are almost always adresed by last name only, tho we sometimes see a first name (basil fotherington-tomas, timothy peason ect ect). molesworth even habitually refer to his brother as "molesworth 2".
No Punctuation Is Funnier - molesworth doesnt use apostrophes (except in the name of st custard's) tho he does aktually use full stops as normal.
Santa Claus - referred to as "Father Christmas", these being BRITISH stories, and thoroughly subverted, as molesworth is old and more to the point cynical enough to know the truth
Screw the Rules, I Have Money! - grabbers pater is v. rich and giv GRIMES and all the masters a big fat cheque (and a bottle of beer for dere old matron) every yere so his son who hav no talent for skool or sport is stil head of skool captain of everything and win all the skool prizes esp. the mrs joyful prize for rafia work (the only thing he hav talent for)
Self-Deprecation - amongst the swots, thugs, oiks, and usefull foopball players of st custards and suchlike skools, molesworth is one who no his limits.
Sketch Comedy - in literary form. molesworths thorts on skool ect were first published in small peices in Punch magazine and only later colected into books
Two-Teacher School - GRIMES and sigismund are the only named beaks, though teachers of lat, fr, geog, hist ect are mentioned in passing.