Posted by Ed Kiser on January 23, 2019 at 07:18:32 user Kisered.
In Reply to: Re: Why did the Admiralty summon Cdr Walker to London? posted by Mike Dennis on January 22, 2019 at 22:51:46:
The three stories, PD, ML, and GN, share a unique difference from the rest of the 12 in that in these three, there is GUNFIRE. There is the threat of someone being killed. People die, thanks to a waterspout. There were times our friends were LOCKED UP. This are some serious situations. But the reader takes comfort in knowing that this is just a made up story created by the imagination of these children where there is no REAL threat to life.
However, in WD, there is also a real threat to life by their drifting out to sea in a fog, in rough weather, in shoal waters. This story has its fascination because of that REAL threat, and how they managed to survive.
And in the first of those three, the SWALLOW is being used. But it does not belong to the Walkers, but to Mr. Jackson at Holly Howe. While being lent to John and his crew, they may refer to it as THEIR boat, but really it must be left at Holly Howe as there is where it belongs. For the sake of their made up story in PD, they can pretend that SWALLOW really is theirs, where it did get nicked by a bullet.
We all understand all these 12 are fiction, all just made up, and those three are stories within a story which allows for a bit more "risk".
Within all 12, we are taken away from our own real worlds to become, once again, with our friends we met so very long ago, who never get old, and as long as we go sailing or camping with them, we too remain young. Therein lies the joy of being a part of the Ransome Adventures.
Ed Kiser, Kentucky, USA
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