Posted by Jon on April 27, 2004 at 19:27:12 from 220.127.116.11 user Jon.
In Reply to: Re: Moving Missee Lee - In support of accepted chronology. posted by Alex Forbes on April 16, 2004 at 22:16:11:
We know that the Great Historian (cf. Poul Anderson, A Midsummer's Tempest) was not writing in real time. The number of characters he may have chosen to deal with has no actual bearing on when the events depicted actually occurred (or the story was told) relative to the other books. Witness the published and chronological sequencing of Swallowdale and Peter Duck, where clearly the earlier published occurred later chronologically. I submit that, as the "real" stories have a clear back-story, the absence of any reference to the D's in Missee Lee is evidence to support the sequencing of ML as post-PD and pre-WH, at a time when the Ds had not entered the field. It may have been a second story from the original gathering in the old wherry, tales told around the campfire on Wildcat Island post-Swallowdale, or a pre-Winter Holiday discussion around the fire in the igloo. But the story was devised (by the Swallows and Amazons) prior to meeting the Ds. Ransome only got around to recording it later.
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