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Re: Holidays

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Posted by John Wilson on August 06, 2019 at 05:07:40 user hugo.

In Reply to: Re: Holidays posted by Adam Quinan on August 06, 2019 at 04:49:23:

Re holiday tasks, mother mentions holiday tasks they could do at Holly Howe in SD10 (hb p135) and Susan mentions holiday tasks to do in SD14 (hb p182). John says sailors have to know algebra and Titty reflects that one good point of being a savage that you did not have to learn French verbs. But when Roger sees the red caps of the approaching Amazons from the watchtower rock in SD16 (hb p212,213) Titty’s French verbs had lost their chance for the day. When they got back to the tents Susan was busy with geography and eggs, and John was busy with flies and an algebra. But no mention of holiday tasks in any other book!

Most of the books apart from WH and CC (& PD and GN) are set in the summer holidays and August is often mentioned. The summer holidays are mainly in August but start in late July.

In SD they are on the summit on August 11, on Day 15. So Day 1 is 28 July, but on the first day AR writes "August had come again" (hb p18) And on day 4 (after the shipwreck) the able-seaman is in command and when they go swimming "the water was cold even in August" (SD11, hb p142); but it is 31 July!

When Captain Flint moves the camp to Wild Cat Island, they first see a lantern on the lighthouse tree, up "thirty feet of smooth trunk" (SD36, hb p441,446). Captain Flint says "that tree takes some climbing". No wonder he was tired! Or did Mary’s woodman climb it?

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