Swallows and Amazons Chapter XII: He was glad he had brought the compass

The lengthy conversation about the relative heights of the younger crew members turns out to be more important than it first appears. Yes, it reinforces messages we have already had about Roger’s status in the family, Susan’s sense of responsibility, John’s need to plan for all of them. But it also sets the context for the declaration that Roger won’t need to reach the lantern… Continue reading Swallows and Amazons Chapter XII: He was glad he had brought the compass

Swallows and Amazons Chapter VIII: Red knitted caps, and no stockings

The plot thickens. Thickens like a sauce that you’ve been stirring patiently for half an hour, and you turn away from it for less than a minute. So far they’ve basically been pottering about, wittily sewing on buttons. Now there’s smoke, shaking of fists, and a mysterious disappearing pirate ship. You can hardly see for the foreshadowing. Continue reading Swallows and Amazons Chapter VIII: Red knitted caps, and no stockings

Swallows and Amazons Chapter VI: From an island of your own.

From Mae Thinks Everything goes so slowly when you’re camping. A few years ago there was a thing called the ‘slow food movement’ – it seems to have quietened down a bit now. While it was (like most food ‘movements’) pretty problematic in terms of guilt trips and unchecked privileged and exoticising other cultures, I definitely think there’s something to be said for going through daily subsistence-tasks mindfully, and that is a lot of the appeal of camping for me. In this chapter, they collect the milk, visit their mum briefly, and go for another sail for no particular reason. There’s … Continue reading Swallows and Amazons Chapter VI: From an island of your own.