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Posted by Mary on November 22, 1997 at 08:37:58:

Greetings. I recently finished Picts and Martyrs, which, of course, I enjoyed
thoroughly. I was reading some of the past Tarboard postings, and I had a thought
on one. I know that I will catch it for bringing up the whole John/ Captain Nancy
relationship again, but I was reading the Tarboard and there was a suggestion
that Captain Nancy would end up with Timothy. I went back and re-read through Picts and
Martyrs again. Hmmmmm, evidence in favor of the hypothesis-Nancy sends Timothy
a pigeon post in one of her best envelopes, the "queer look" Nancy gives Timothy
when she remembers how he stopped being shy to help them in Pigeon Post. However,
evidence also exists to disprove the hypothesis-possibly Timothy's age, can anyone
tell me how old he is in relation to Captain Nancy, and the most important piece is
supplied by Captain Nancy herself when she says "Boats mean nothing to him at all".
Can anyone see Captain Nancy developing a serious relationship with anyone to whom
boats mean nothing? This doesn't mean I think that she and John will end up together,
but Captain Nancy, amazon pirate and Terror of the Seas, with anyone who had no
interest in sailing.

Okay, I'm finished with that, sorry. My next question has to deal with the covers
of the different editions of Ransome that have been published over the years. I have
the, I believe, most recent Red Fox editions. I was wondering what the other covers
look like and what the more experienced and knowledgeable Ransome fans think of the
representation of the characters on the Red Fox covers? Initially, the covers were
my first impression and introduction to the characters. Now, of course, they exist
more as an amalgamation of personalities and shared experiences in my mind; however,
I was wondering if others pictured the S A's and D's as they are portrayed on the covers.
Are all editions of Ransome books illustrated by Arthur Ransome? Finally, the map at the
front of Swallows and Amazons looks different from all the other maps of the lake.
Is it a different version by Ransome or was is drawn by someone else?

Thanks for taking the time to read, any criticisms and/or comments would be much

Swallows and Amazons for EVER!


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