His jaded and world-weary comentary hav been fathefully transcribed by Geoffrey Willans and georgously ilustrated by Ronald Searle of St. Trinian's fame in four volumes (pub. grabber and grabber): Down with Skool!, How to be Topp, Whizz for Atomms and Back in the Jug Agane.
- peason, nigel's grate freind
- gilibrand, whose pater was a general
- grabber m.a. head of skool captain of everything winner of the mrs joyful prize for rafia work and Miles Gloriosus-in-traning
- fotherington-tomas, wet and weed who sa Hullo clouds, hullo sky
- wee bro molesworth 2
There are also the masters aka beaks viz. headmaster GRIMES, sigismund the mad maths master ect, and of coarse the skool dog. The books also divert into subjects such as The Great British Seaside, complete with British Weather.note
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.
Tales of molesworth's endevors hav okasionalli been told on the RADIO (poo gosh v. hi-tek), most recently in december 2014.
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.
- Annoying Younger Sibling - molesworth deskribe his bro molesworth 2 as "uterly wet and a weed" and sa "it panes me to think i am of the same blud." When we see both molesworth bros together, molesworth 2 do all he can to get on nigels nerves
- 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
- Boarding School - in the obvious sense, st custards IS a boarding skool. More importantly, these books are a cruel parody of the traditional boarding skool story, replacing pranks and jolly fun with cynicism and dark observation. Nigel okasionally make reference to old-fashioned skool stories, but clearly know them for fantasies.
- Boarding School of Horrors - the masters are all teddy boys and they will rip you with a botle for two pins
- 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?
- The Bully - well yes we are talking about SKOOL, enuff sed
- Canis Latinicus - the skool motto is quantum ille canis est in fenestra. note
- Cassandra Truth - in Back in the Jug Agane GRIMES ask molesworth what hav he read over the hols. Molesworth sa he hav read swan's way by grate fr. writer Proust, but is given a kaning as GRIMES beleeve there is no such book. There is such a book, but molesworth hav not read it and is only resiting a revew
- Catchphrase - fotherington-tomas is famous for saying "hullo, clouds, hullo sky" quite a lot
- Cheaters Never Prosper - the molesworth stories parody or subvert all traditional moralistic sports-related tropes at every opportuniti, but this one especially is taken to be a lie as a matter of course
- Class Trip - a visit to a farm and a trip on ye flying scotsman
- Corporal Punishment - This being a 1950s public skool, the kane is used ALL THE TIME.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive - grabber & grabber, purveyors of various dangerous-sounding toys to the tinys, and one stop shop for any Bland-Name Product required by the 'plot'
- 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?
- Down to the Last Play - parodied in one of molesworth's foopball-related daydreams
- Dreadful Musician - molesworth 2. When he pla fairy bells, the pore skool piano is never the same agane
- Everybody Hates Mathematics - when he ask the point of maths molesworth is told that maths is a langwidge
- 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)
- Funny Foreigner - molesworth seems to spend his langwidge lessons imagining himself as 'molesvitch' or 'Don Jereth Molethworth' in a Theme Park Version of the relevant country.
- Girls Have Cooties - yes and no. Molesworth beleeve GURLS and boys shud not be in lessons together as gurls are teechers pets who spoil boys pranks, but by Back in the Jug Agane he sa he doesnt think they are disgusting as most boys his age think
- Gratuitous Latin - like most public skoolboys of the 1950s, molesworth never call his parents mum and dad, always mater and pater
- 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 Named Expys 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 '50s, 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".
- The Munchausen - the masters at st custard's are hapy to talk for ages about there war heroics, but molesworth sa if they did even half of wot they sa they did in the war it wud hav been over by 1940. And gilibrand is gud at Spotting the Thread in there stories as his pater is a general.
- 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.
- Off to Boarding School - wot hapen when you annoy your mater and pater too much
- Precocious Crush - hinted at, despite his general attitude, whenever molesworth mention Prudence Entwhistle the glamorous under-matron
- Quicksand Sucks - molesworth mention in passing that this is a danger in the muddier parts of the foopball field.
- Right Way/Wrong Way Pair - parodied by one illustration: 'Are you an Eric or a Nigel?: A smug chart for sissies'. Eric (unlike Nigel) sit erect and chew his food at leisure becos the weed hav got up early.
- Rouge Angles of Satin - as you might hav already guessed from this article.
- Sadist Teacher - lots!
- 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.
- Unnecessary Roughness - wot else can anyone xpect on the sports field?
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist - not that nigel is ENTIRELY unworthy of pity but he is a PRODUK of his TIME and so is driven to CYNICISM and VIOLENSS on okajun
- Vitriolic Best Buds - molesworth and peason argue a lot and tuough each other up continually but are grate frends.