Re: Are there any vicars???

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Posted by Andy Clayton on November 04, 2006 at 19:11:35 from user cousin_jack.

In Reply to: Re: Are there any vicars??? posted by Prue Eckett on November 02, 2006 at 21:10:14:

William Brown in the series by Richmal Crompton is a contemporary of the S&A's and also from a similar middle class background, but there the similarity ends. He and his gang are written for humourous effect and his adventures are limited to his own nighbourhood. No mountains and sailing boats for him!
Interestingly though, Ms. Crompton kept him abreast of current events and he had adventures through the 30's and the war, then involving such things as air-raid precautions, gas-masks and collecting shrapnel pieces. Though whatever the calandar said, he remained about 12. Like Peter Pan and unlike H. Potter he never aged. He also interacted with a whole range of adults, often to the grown-up's discomfort, and included among these were the local authority figures: doctor, school teacher and parish vicar. Church fetes and services were also often events which formed a backdrop to his schemes.
It would have created an iteresting interplay if he had ever met up with AR's characters. I think he would have got on well with Nancy who had an imagination and taste for adventure on a par with his own. Being a pirate was one of the roles he fancied himself in. He wouldn't have had much time for the 'bookish' ones like Dot. and Titty, or Dick. ( He was not scholarly!!!) I have the impression that if he'd run into the D&G's his first instinct would have been to have a fight with them! Though if they had hung around togather long enough a mutual respect would have developed. Though I am sorry to say, given the age he lived in and his nature, he wouldn't have been above stealing eggs if there was a profit to be made from it!

Sorry, I have rambled a bit, but there was a request for vicar references.
I think the notion of teaming up figures from differant books to see how they would have got on quite amusing. Room for endless speculation!

Andy Clayton.

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