Posted by Magnus Smith on August 08, 2020 at 03:27:09 user Magnus.
In Reply to: Re: Chocolate - 'very' Middle Class? posted by Peter Hyland on August 06, 2020 at 03:19:48:
Peter, I used the phrase to indicate that their middle class-ness was quite obvious, rather than subtle. Or perhaps it could also be used to indicate "upper" middle class.
Ransome makes the class system obvious with the Coots, although he wasn't pushing any particular agenda (and neither am I).
I just thought that the children of high ranking officer, in families with nannies, who had holidays, could probably buy enough chocolate.
Critics have moaned at Ransome and Blyton (and other authors) many times for writing about middle class kids, but I don't think this is a literary crime. The whole point of any kids book is to dispose of the parents as soon as possible, so the kids can have THEIR agenda, and adventures as scary or gentle as they like. Kids seem to be happy to make friends without considering class, which is lovely.
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