Posted by Andy Clayton on January 26, 2019 at 03:17:31 user cousin_jack.
In Reply to: Re: Why did the Admiralty summon Cdr Walker to London? posted by Mike Dennis on January 23, 2019 at 22:38:26:
In PD and ML they are well away from Britain's shore's. They are quite likely to meet unaccustomed threats, including firearms. There are many parts of the world where one would hesitate to tread for similar reasons today. In GN, I don't remember that the S,A,D's were threatened with Jemmerling's shotgun, just the birds.
However I will take issue where you say they don't meet with threats in the other books. They are in potential life threatening situations in:
Night sailing in S&A. John admits he was a duffer.
The SD shipwreck,and possibly getting lost on the fells in the fog.
The WH blizzard, and the sheep rescue scene.
The PP mine tunnel collapse, and the fell fire.
All that glutinous mud with ever changing tides in SW is also rather threatening, though they are only caught once, on the wade.
WD's inadvertent voyage across the north sea.
I can't imagine a modern day scout master would get his risk assessments approved, to leave a party of youngsters to fend for themselves in any of the above situations.
The excitement has to be created to give the story meaning. The author reaches into different scenarios to get that excitement.
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