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* NightmareFuel: Yes, even the Chalet School books have this. One particularly chilling example is in ''Triplets'', when a mentally ill woman, Frau Schumacher, kidnaps Cecil while she and the second twins are on a walk with Rösli, the nanny. When the triplets go to rescue her with Bruno in tow, Frau Schumacher snaps and strangles Len, and is only stopped when Jack pulls a BigDamnHeroes and sedates her. Joey later reveals that Frau Schumacher's daughter, also called Cecilie, died when she was three, and Frau Schumacher subsequently went insane and, on seeing Cecil Maynard, genuinely believed Cecil was her own child.

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** Julie Lucy finds out the hard way in ''Bride'' that trying to tough it out when you're in extreme pain isn't always a good idea. Her stomach pains turn out to be peritonitis, a dangerous illness in those days, though she recovers.

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** Tom herself is on the receiving end of this in ''Rosalie'' when Rosalie Way, who she's been told to look after, develops a massive crush on her. Tom finds it very uncomfortable.

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* NeverLiveItDown: Joey will never let Con forget her remark about Daniel biting the lions in one of her CloudCuckoolander moments in ''The Chalet School Does It Again''.


* BaseBreaker: The Swiss era. Some fans like the books and the new characters, while others feel the series went down the pan around this time. See JumpingTheShark below.

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The Swiss era. Some fans like the books and the new characters, while others feel the series went down the pan around this time. See JumpingTheShark below.


* FairForItsDay: [[http://thisisschool.net/2012/03/20/in-defence-of-elinor-brent-dyer/ this essay]] goes into more detail.

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* FairForItsDay: [[http://thisisschool.net/2012/03/20/in-defence-of-elinor-brent-dyer/ this This essay]] goes into more detail.



* FridgeHorror: it's implied in ''Adrienne'' that if Robin hadn't turned up and saved the day, Adrienne's evil landlady would have sold her into prostitution.

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* FridgeHorror: it's It's implied in ''Adrienne'' that if Robin hadn't turned up and saved the day, Adrienne's evil landlady would have sold her into prostitution.



* GrowingTheBeard: the wartime books, particularly ''Exile'', ''Goes To It'' and ''Highland Twins'', which are believed to contain some of [=EBD=]'s best and most powerful writing, not to mention that the idea of separating Germans from Nazis - see the entire Peace League plotline, and the more sympathetic German and Tyrolean characters - was pretty ahead of its time. Characters such as Verity-Ann Carey and Lavender Leigh who make nasty remarks about Germans are called on it by other girls, particularly the ones who were with the school in the Tyrol.

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* GrowingTheBeard: the The wartime books, particularly ''Exile'', ''Goes To It'' and ''Highland Twins'', which are believed to contain some of [=EBD=]'s best and most powerful writing, not to mention that the idea of separating Germans from Nazis - see the entire Peace League plotline, and the more sympathetic German and Tyrolean characters - was pretty ahead of its time. Characters such as Verity-Ann Carey and Lavender Leigh who make nasty remarks about Germans are called on it by other girls, particularly the ones who were with the school in the Tyrol.



* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: the Armada abridged versions get this treatment, due to cuts being made by the publishers. While some changes were positive, such as getting rid of the [[FunetikAksent Funetik Aksents]] of characters such as the [=McDonald=] twins, some books had important plot elements missing. In some books such as ''Highland Twins'' and ''Ruey Richardson, Chaletian'', ''entire chapters'' were cut out of the books. Girls Gone By Publishers remedied this by re-publishing the unabridged books, albeit without [=EBD=]'s typos.

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* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: the The Armada abridged versions get this treatment, due to cuts being made by the publishers. While some changes were positive, such as getting rid of the [[FunetikAksent Funetik Aksents]] {{Funetik Aksent}}s of characters such as the [=McDonald=] twins, some books had important plot elements missing. In some books such as ''Highland Twins'' and ''Ruey Richardson, Chaletian'', ''entire chapters'' were cut out of the books. Girls Gone By Publishers remedied this by re-publishing the unabridged books, albeit without [=EBD=]'s typos.



* TheWoobie: Try reading ''Gay from China'' and not wanting to give poor Jacynth Hardy a hug by the end of it. Especially when she finds out about [[spoiler:her auntie going in for a serious operation, and then dying.]] She gets better, with help from Joey, Miss Wilson and Gay.

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* TheWoobie: Try reading ''Gay from China'' and not wanting to give poor Jacynth Hardy a hug by the end of it. Especially when she finds out about [[spoiler:her auntie going in for a serious operation, and then dying.]] dying]]. She gets better, with help from Joey, Miss Wilson and Gay.


* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Is Joey a lovable GenkiGirl who embodies the spirit of the school, or an immature weirdo who won't let go of her childhood and has some serious growing up to do?

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Is Joey a lovable GenkiGirl who embodies the spirit of the school, or an immature weirdo who won't let go of her childhood and has some serious growing up to do?



* BaseBreaker: the Swiss era. Some fans like the books and the new characters, while others feel the series went down the pan around this time. See JumpingTheShark below.

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* BaseBreaker: the The Swiss era. Some fans like the books and the new characters, while others feel the series went down the pan around this time. See JumpingTheShark below.



* DoubleStandard: The contrasting way certain characters' attitudes to men are handled, probably because of their backgrounds. Nice Christian girls Marie and Frieda talk about getting married and having babies? Perfectly OK. Sweary, fish-and-chips-eating, working-class Joan Baker talks about 'boys' to the other girls? She's clearly some kind of corruptive influence and it's perfectly fine for Mary-Lou Trelawney to pretend to befriend her while actually planning to reform her.

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* DoubleStandard: The contrasting way certain characters' attitudes to men are handled, probably because of their backgrounds. Nice Christian girls Marie and Frieda talk about getting married and having babies? Perfectly OK. Sweary, fish-and-chips-eating, working-class Joan Baker talks about 'boys' to the other girls? She's clearly some kind of corruptive corrupt influence and it's perfectly fine for Mary-Lou Trelawney to pretend to befriend her while actually planning to reform her.



* LesYay: {{Bifauxnen}} Tom [[MeaningfulName Gay]] might have a ''little'' crush on Daisy Venables.

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* LesYay: [[HoYay Les Yay]]: {{Bifauxnen}} Tom [[MeaningfulName Gay]] might have a ''little'' crush on Daisy Venables.



* PuritySue: The Robin starts off as this, but grows out of it. Joey kind of ends up as this.

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** Margot Russell / Venables, so very much. [[spoiler: Her family disowned her for running off with Stephen Venables, who turned out to be an abusive alcoholic and a total waste of space. Three of her five children died young while the family were living in Australia, and Stephen also died of a snake bite. She and her two surviving children, Primula - who had health problems - and Daisy, left Brisbane to go and live with Daisy's old nurse, Nellie Rickards, who took care of them and let them live with her. Nellie later died of pneumonia, and it was only thanks to plans she had made before her death - and a very kind solicitor - that Margot was able to sell the house. On Nellie's instructions, she took her daughters to find Jem, as she had learned through the papers that he was married and living in the Tyrol. When Joey and Frieda meet her and the girls in ''New House'', she's exhausted and about ready to give up, and on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Her health never really recovers, and she dies a few books later.]]

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** Eustacia Benson: a horrible little brat, or seriously misunderstood by the authorities?


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** Eustacia Benson doesn't do herself any favours by being rude, arrogant and unfriendly towards the other girls from Day 1, telling tales, and making nasty comments about everything from Catholics to the local peasantry. However, she is the result of an upbringing by two parents who were clueless about children, both of whom died when she was young, and is later packed off to her aunt's house, where she does not get on at all with her male cousins. As [[http://www.the-cbb.co.uk/board/archive/files/FD_Obedience_Eustacia_101010.htm this thread]] points out, the school could have handled her better and made more of an effort to understand her, instead of just writing her off as a hopeless case.

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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Not all Germans or Austrians supported the Nazis, and it's not fair to hate all Germans just because of Hitler. Both Verity-Ann Carey and Lavender Leigh are roundly condemned for anti-German sentiments (Verity-Ann angers Mr Denny and shocks other students by refusing to sing German carols, while Lavender calls the Peace League 'unpatriotic' and Bride quickly shuts her up to stop her making a fool of herself even further).

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* CanonDefilement: As stated above, many fans considered ''The Chalet Girls Grow Up'' to be this because of the way many of the characters are handled. To be more precise: [[spoiler:Miss Wilson, Madge and Jem are all killed off offscreen; Jack - a devout Catholic - is DrivenToSuicide; Joey gets Alzheimer's and becomes increasingly eccentric and senile, with her books failing to sell; Len is in an abusive marriage with Reg Entwhistle, who leaves her for Mary-Lou, and one of her daughters dies of meningitis; Con has several affairs with men who don't love her and writes Mills & Boon-esque romances; Clem Barras gets a divorce; and the school itself is closed down and then bulldozed.]]

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** Joan Baker has a sizeable fandom, particularly among the more cynical Chalet School fans who see her as a WorkingClassHero and sympathise with her for never quite fitting in, even after she reforms.

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** ''Summer Term'' features a TakeThat to the beatnik culture of the 1950s, when some beatnik girls get on a train and Joey makes some very disparaging remarks about their appearance and behaviour.

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* FridgeHorror: it's implied in ''Adrienne'' that if Robin hadn't turned up and saved the day, Adrienne's evil landlady would have sold her into prostitution.


* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: ''Althea Joins the Chalet School'' is one of the odder books in the series. Len getting covered in paint! A pink worm in an engine! Dreams about monkeys on ships and being chased by [[UnfortunateImplications scary black men with red lips and swords!]] A burglar stealing shoes! As one fan said, "some of the dreams in this one suggest EBD had been at the magic mushrooms."

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* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: ''Althea Joins the Chalet School'' is one of the odder books in the series. Len getting covered in paint! A pink worm in an engine! Dreams about monkeys on ships and being chased by [[UnfortunateImplications scary black men with red lips and swords!]] swords! A burglar stealing shoes! As one fan said, "some of the dreams in this one suggest EBD had been at the magic mushrooms."

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