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Re: Enid Blyton's Weekly Letters in Teachers World

Postby Courtenay » 11 Oct 2017, 12:57

Kate Mary wrote:Why I wonder did Enid refer to Sandy as he up 'til now? Anyway Sandy's secret is out, and Enid's readers must have been somewhat confused. This week's poem is a good one and a nice little story on the same theme.


Yes, I'm baffled and I'm sure Enid's young readers would have been too! :shock: I remember a while ago, we had a discussion somewhere here on the fact that Enid writes in The Story of My Life (I haven't read it, so can't quote) that Bobs and Sandy lived in a little house and had many puppies. I think, in fact, this was when we were up to the stage of the Teacher's World saga where Enid first introduced Sandy as her new dog, clearly describing him as a he. So we were all puzzled and wondering whether Enid later had another Sandy who was female (unlikely, as Bobs died only a few years later and therefore couldn't have fathered puppies with a later Sandy) — or maybe Enid, writing years afterwards, was just indulging her imagination and inventing the puppies for effect. Now it seems she wasn't. But why on earth then did she always refer to Sandy as "he" in all her preceding letters?? She surely can't have been genuinely unaware of the sex of her own dogs... :shock: I'm still completely baffled.

I remember The Wrong Berries from Stories for You — one of my favourite Blyton short story compilations. I certainly don't remember ever eating any berries or flowers or plants I shouldn't have as a child, though — my parents were always quick to warn us "that's poisonous" about any such things and I think I just had it instilled in me very early on that I mustn't eat anything from the garden unless it was definitely safe (like mint and parsley).
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Re: Enid Blyton's Weekly Letters in Teachers World

Postby Rob Houghton » 11 Oct 2017, 13:36

I suppose I should have mentioned that my sister was only just about sitting up in her pram when she ate Laburnum flowers. My mom had put the pram under the Laburnum tree and hadn't given the fact it had poisonous flowers a thought until she saw Deb putting one in her mouth! She never left the pram under there again! 8)
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Sing on, sing on, and when the sun is gone
I'll warm me with your echoes
through the night.'

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Re: Enid Blyton's Weekly Letters in Teachers World

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 11 Oct 2017, 14:36

My son was also under a year old when he picked a sprig of buddleia and sucked it. We'd just got home and I'd wheeled his pushchair up to the front door but didn't go in immediately as a neighbour called to me. It was while I was chatting to her for a minute that my son got hold of the buddleia.
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Re: Enid Blyton's Weekly Letters in Teachers World

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 18 Oct 2017, 07:26

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Another newsy letter. I bet lots of children (as Enid Blyton no doubt hoped) had a go at painting a picture of many-hued blackberry leaves, just to try to prove her wrong in her statement that "I am sure you couldn't do it!"

Like Enid, I love autumn leaves, ivy blossom and conkers. It's a beautiful time of year with golden mists and softly-glowing sunshine.

It's great to know that Bobs' book is selling so well and that the third batch of 5,000 is being printed! How very odd that Bobs continues to refer to Sandy as "he" in his letter, even though we were told last week about Sandy giving birth to puppies! :?

A nicely-written riddle by Rose Hughes, though it's not too hard to work out the answer! Enid's story is simple but enjoyable too.
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Re: Enid Blyton's Weekly Letters in Teachers World

Postby Courtenay » 18 Oct 2017, 08:11

Yes, another lovely letter from Enid — I like how she first writes there about the different kinds of insects (funny that she calls them "winged creatures"... was "insects" not a term she expected her young readers to know?) that congregate around the ivy blossom, then uses that same idea in a story. But this ongoing canine gender confusion is still making my mind boggle... :shock:
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Re: Enid Blyton's Weekly Letters in Teachers World

Postby Eddie Muir » 18 Oct 2017, 08:13

A lovely letter indeed. It’s always a pleasure to read Enid’s letters. :D
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Re: Enid Blyton's Weekly Letters in Teachers World

Postby Kate Mary » 18 Oct 2017, 08:14

It is strange that Sandy has reverted to 'he' in Bobs' letter, but I can remember my grandmother referring to all cats as 'she' and dogs as 'he' irrespective of the actual sex of the animal. Maybe that was common with that generation. A case of 'Dogs are from Mars and Cats are from Venus'.

Bobs' book is selling like hotcakes, was there ever a book written by Enid that wasn't a bestseller? A super letter, I love Enid's comments about Autumn.
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Re: Enid Blyton's Weekly Letters in Teachers World

Postby Rob Houghton » 18 Oct 2017, 11:32

Yes, I can remember as a child several people referring to our male cat 'Korky the cat' as 'she' which always annoyed me as a 10 year old - and I always pointed out - quite forcefully! - that 'she' was a 'he'. It always seemed that adults were a bit thick because so many referred to him as 'she'or 'her'. Its something that doesn't seem to happen so much these days, so maybe it was an old-fashioned convention. 8)
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Re: Enid Blyton's Weekly Letters in Teachers World

Postby Moonraker » 18 Oct 2017, 12:32

Eddie Muir wrote:A lovely letter indeed. It’s always a pleasure to read Enid’s letters. :D


Indeed it is, Eddie.

Rob wrote:I can remember as a child several people referring to our male cat 'Korky the cat'


He was a legend.

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Re: Enid Blyton's Weekly Letters in Teachers World

Postby Rob Houghton » 18 Oct 2017, 12:42

He was! My mom named our cat 'Korky' because he had the same markings as his cartoon namesake - and a pink nose! :lol:
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Re: Enid Blyton's Weekly Letters in Teachers World

Postby Eddie Muir » 18 Oct 2017, 14:56

Korky was indeed a legend! :D

I’m not sure why you’ve quoted my post above the Dandy picture, Nigel??
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Re: Enid Blyton's Weekly Letters in Teachers World

Postby Moonraker » 18 Oct 2017, 17:00

Eddie Muir wrote:I’m not sure why you’ve quoted my post above the Dandy picture, Nigel??


My internet connection reset whilst submitting the original post, Eddie - and all content was lost. On my second attempt I forgot to add my reply, the error of which I have now corrected.
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Re: Enid Blyton's Weekly Letters in Teachers World

Postby Eddie Muir » 18 Oct 2017, 17:01

Thanks for the explanation, Nigel. Much appreciated. :D
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