Posted by wdmtgts on January 13, 2019 at 09:33:12 user wdmtgts.
In Reply to: Re: Miss Lee and Latin posted by Robin Selby on January 13, 2019 at 05:35:12:
No, of course it's not necessary that the original name began with 'Great', and indeed the Malvern school name doesn't. My thinking was that AR might have picked Malvern Girls' School for a reason (beyond its excellence at the time of writing) that we don't know about yet, and that (I'm just cooperatively following the Walpole suggestion by Robin here) he was in the late pre-publication stage of ML as Walpole died, and reading through his references to the Malvern school thought of its location in Great Malvern and in a moment of inspiration adjusted a few letters as a tribute to Walpole.
Meanwhile, Roedean has certainly been rattling about in all our minds as a Miss Lee alma mater; but somehow - this is just me - I can't see AR discarding the resonant Roedean name at the last minute for an obscure one on a whim. We'll have to go and kneel at the grave in Rusland and summon his spirit.
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