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Posted by Bill D NZ on May 31, 2023 at 07:29:16 user BillD.

At the start of SA Chapter XIII, Captain John found, looking through his own legs at the reflection in the calm lake that "you could really hardly be sure which was real and which was reflection".

Interesting - why did he try this? Do you think this was something AR had done as a child? Or is this an unconscious comment on the dual reality of being pirates and explorers in a world they had to be practical in?

Encapsulated in one of my favourite lines, Nancy saying p107 "we'd have given you broadside for broadside until on of us sank, even if it made us late for lunch".

And perhaps in "Swallowdale" there is a third reality, the antique one that Aunt Maria tries to impose (and the Turners and Blacketts try to live up to in their behaviour?

Anyway, has anyone come across this looking through your legs elsewhere? The only thing Google brings up is whether so doing allows you to see the true size on the full moon on the horizon...

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