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Posted by Paul on February 22, 2018
Barney, a lot of people seem to think that Darrell, Sally, etc. are legal adults at the time they leave school - but Malory Towers is set in the 1940s, when you legally became an adult at 21. When they leave the Towers they would still be legally children for three years more.
BarneyBarney says: That may have applied to children from monied families, but many from less wealthy families took on adult responsibilities from a much younger age. For example, they might be in full-time work from the age of 14 or 15 and marry at 16.
Posted by Scot on February 21, 2018
Hi, Debbie. I found a couple of Noddy hankies in my gran's house when she died - and I gave them to my nephews. My little nephew used one of them at Gran's funeral. His mum told him off for blowing his nose with a Noddy hanky - but I was glad to share some precious items from my own past. Elise - I know, I've never got that either! You don't go to school aged 18!
BarneyBarney says: You could be in the upper sixth at the age of eighteen - but not if you'd been in the first form at the age of fourteen (as Pat and Isabel were at St. Clare's)!
Posted by Paul Austin on February 15, 2018
Besides Winston Churchill, how many real life people and events turn up in Enid's works?
BarneyBarney says: Quite a few other people are mentioned in The Mystery of the Missing Necklace besides Winston Churchill - Napoleon, Nelson, Queen Elizabeth I and Walter Raleigh. Also, in one of the St. Clare's books the girls go to see the film Clive of India.
Posted by Bookworm on February 15, 2018
I first found Enid Blyton books in my local library. The first one I ever read was Five Go to Smuggler's Top. I really enjoyed it and then went on to read the rest of the series. I have now read all of the Naughtiest Girl books, all of the Famous Five books (which are my favourite), The Sea of Adventure, The Circus of Adventure, the Faraway Tree books (which if I am honest I was at first hesitant to read but soon enjoyed) and I have just started reading the Malory Towers series. I love her books as they are often adventurous/mysterious, containing lots of exciting events/adventures or mysteries. I often wish I could be friends with the characters and be in the book with them!
BarneyBarney says: I know that feeling of longing to be in a book. How I'd love to chase rabbits with Timmy or snap at Goon's ankles with Buster!
Posted by Me on February 11, 2018
I just found this page and I own some of the sunny books. On this site do you sell the books? I am interested in the ones with golliwogs in them. I am 74 and just love them.
BarneyBarney says: We don't sell Enid Blyton books - we just list them and provide images and other information so people can see what was published over the years. However, vintage Blyton books are readily available from websites like eBay and abebooks.
Posted by Paul on February 7, 2018
Blyton's teenagers are oft-criticised for seemingly never reaching puberty - J. K. Rowling remarked about this - but I doubt her target audience wanted to be reminded of it.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was aware that her books were read by children of all ages and she didn't go into details of physical and emotional changes. An exception was made for The Mystery of the Missing Necklace, where Fatty's broken voice is mentioned because it's relevant to the plot, enabling him to put on adult disguises for the first time. There's also a suggestion of potential romance in the Six Cousins books, when Richard Lawson pays attention to Melisande and Jane, but it's only the faintest hint.
Posted by Ali on February 4, 2018
I read a story called 'The Day the Princess Came'. How many copies are there of Enid Blyton stories and books, and how can I read more stories of Enid Blyton?
BarneyBarney says: Many Enid Blyton books are still in print, Ali. If you go to a website like Amazon and put "Enid Blyton" into the search box, you'll see lots of books come up. If you want secondhand copies you could check jumble sales, charity shops and sites like eBay, etc. Good luck with getting hold of more stories!
Posted by Jyothika Jyothish on February 4, 2018
Malory Towers is such a beautiful series. I loved it more than anything else. When you read it you will feel as if you're in a different world.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, it's very interesting to read about a community made up of young people who are discovering more about themselves and others, and learning how to get along with all sorts of personalities. The beautiful setting is appealing too.
Posted by Nigel on January 31, 2018
Mark, I am sure our resident German expert, Wolfgang, would be able to answer this query, only I'm not sure if he looks at the home page. Take a look at the forums (you might need to register if you wish to contact him or post), where he posts prolifically about German editions.
BarneyBarney says: I too had Wolfgang in mind!
Posted by Tix on January 30, 2018
On Jan 29, 2018 Mark enquired about the contents of two German books containing Enid Blyton tales - Schnipp Schnapp Schnupp und 27 andere Geschichten and Die kluge Eule und 28 andere Geschichten. There are almost thirty stories in each volume, which is a fair a number although Enid Blyton's 'Holiday' books generally have more. 'Nature Book Series' is a good guess because a volume exists with about thirty small tales that goes under the name Stories and Notes to Enid Blyton Nature Plates. The contents page lists such titles as 'Susan and the Birds', which should cover 'Susanne's Vogeltisch', and there's another called 'Three Bad Imps' who are named Snip, Snap and Snorum, as opposed to Schnipp, Schnapp und Schnupp. The other volume (Die kluge Eule und 28 andere Geschichten) looks as if it could be a similar compilation taken from the 'Nature Plates' book. In later years many reprints were published that differ in content and often don't contain every single story from the original copies. Another book called Hedgerow Tales contains 24 stories in similar vein to many of the short accounts that Enid Blyton wrote concerning wildlife, and there's a story about an owl in it of course because plenty of duplication exists in the author's collection, however the tale itself doesn't seem quite as fitting when compared to the 'Nature Plates' example. We have one or two German-speaking members of the Enid Blyton Society who, as Barney intimated, might also be able to offer suggestions.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Tix!
Posted by Mark on January 29, 2018
Hello, I've found two German translations of stories written by Enid Blyton. The German collections are called Schnipp Schnapp Schnupp und 27 andere Geschichten and Die kluge Eule und 28 andere Geschichten. I'm interested in knowing what all these short stories are (in English) and which English series they came from. I think some of the stories came from the 'Nature Book Series', but I think some are missing. Can you help? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I hope a German speaker will let us know, Mark!
Posted by Catherine on January 29, 2018
I have an A4-sized book titled Jolly Pictures, printed in Great Britain by Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd. The front cover features a young girl standing on a stool as she stirs with a wooden spoon in a mixing bowl. A young child sits on the floor eating from a bowl while a black cat looks on. Would like to know how this book relates to Enid Blyton and what age it is. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: It sounds like a different edition of this book, Catherine. If so, it should contain one Enid Blyton poem - 'Strawberries and Cream'.
Posted by Mandy Thirlway on January 28, 2018
Hi, I am desperately looking for the story and ideally to buy a copy of the storybook I had in the late 70s/ early 80s. It contained a story of magic soap. Some details I have are: 'Magic Soap' - Ned the Kuomb (spelling unknown) gives each mother in fairyland magic soap to do her weekly wash.​ Bitsy Bunny, a mischievous little girl rabbit, nibbles through the washing line and all the clean laundry "falls into the mud with a flip and a flop and a terrible thud, and must be done all over again."​ MAYBE this line is "with a flip and a flop and a terrible THUD, all of the washing fell down in the MUD." The words about "a flip and a flop and a terrible thud" are repeated many times​. Bitsy Bunny and a friend of hers, a squirrel, go to each mother asking if she has any magic soap left that they may have.​
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to help, Mandy.
Posted by Anonymous on January 26, 2018
I am downsizing and have come across a copy of The Teacher's Treasury, volume one, published in about 1928. It is in poor order but complete. Would anyone like it? It hurts me to throw out something someone else might like. CB
BarneyBarney says: That's very generous, but you haven't given an email address and people will need one in order to get in touch with you.
Posted by Sheila Allan on January 24, 2018
Hello. I was reminiscing about Enid Blyton's Book of the Year today....one of my absolute favourites as a child in the 40s and 50s. Imagine my delight, when googling to see if it was still available, to find a very full description of those wonderful contents...stories, plays, poems, puzzles. I even found that book useful when I became a teacher! Thank you!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you found our listing and review helpful, Sheila. It's a super book. Enid Blyton was amused when she learnt that children were reading it for themselves. She wrote to her young readers in her autobiography, The Story of My Life: "The Book of the Year was meant for teachers to use, but you buy it and pore over it yourselves! I believe if I wrote a book on How to Sweep Chimneys you would buy it and pore over it as usual!"
Posted by Sarah on January 24, 2018
Hi there barney I have emailed Tony but no reply as yet.... I have a Enid Blyton book Shadow the sheepdog It says first published June 1942 Then under that's it says....reprinted January 1943 The dust jacket is present and it's not clipped Although I do not fully understand why this makes it more desirable....? I have been offered £35 for it and really wanted to know if it is worth more than this .... Any advise great fully appreciated Happy to send photos which I did send to Tony in the email to him
BarneyBarney says: I'm approving your message (unedited) as a reminder to everyone that unfortunately we're unable to value books, Sarah. It's impossible to put an accurate price on a book without seeing and handling it. Also, if we (whether canine or human!) don't happen to have added to our own collections for a while - or if we're happy with more modern books and don't collect vintage editions - we may not be aware of the current value of items. Under "Contact Us" on this website we say: "Note that we do not offer a valuation service, so please do not enquire as to the worth of any items you may have. As much as we would like to assist, unfortunately we at the Society have far too little time and manpower to deal with queries of this nature." Tony does a great deal of work for the Enid Blyton Society and he simply doesn't have the time to reply to emails which ignore the statement on our "Contact Us" page.
Posted by Catherine on January 17, 2018
Hi Barney. Regarding Sylvia's query, it would be a good idea to check out The Book People website. They have box sets of Enid Blyton books including Noddy and a complete set of Secret Seven stories, as well as a set they call the Friendly Folk which includes The Book of Brownies, The Adventures of Pip and Brer Rabbit. They aren't expensive either.
BarneyBarney says: Sounds good, Catherine. Thanks for that!
Posted by Sylvia on January 16, 2018
Hello. I've got a five-year-old boy (turning six next month) who is a wide reader and I would like him to start reading chapter books. A few colleagues have recommended Enid Blyton. Which sets do you think should I get for his age? Looking forward to hearing from you. Kind regards.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton is great for children who are beginning to read chapter books independently. The Noddy books might be good to start with as they have short chapters and colourful pictures. I'd also recommend Tales of Toyland, the Wishing-Chair series, the Faraway Tree series, The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies and Bimbo and Topsy. There are also books which consist of collections of short stories about a particular character or characters, e.g. Mr. Pink-Whistle, Mr. Meddle, Amelia Jane, Binkle & Flip and Brer Rabbit. They're not chapter books but all the stories are about the same character/s and some tales run across two or three chapters. You can find out more about all these titles in our Cave of Books.
Posted by Brian Richards on January 8, 2018
Hi. I have all the Mary Mouse books and from perusing the "also in the series" on the back cover, I have established a publication order that differs slightly from that in this society's website. Probably I am wrong, but I am simply asking how confident are you that your list is accurate. I agree with your list up to number 7 but ...
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't have the books so I can't check, but the dates of publication are given in Tony Summerfield's An Illustrated Bibliography as well as on the website.
Posted by Kumudu on January 7, 2018
Hi Barney, I would love to know how so many cocker spaniels are included in Enid Blyton books. I love cocker spaniels too, and noticed recently that most of her books include them. I have read of Scamper (Secret Seven), Loony (The Rockingdown Mystery), Lulu (Mr Galliano's Circus), Bundle (The Family at Red-Roofs), etc. Are there any others that I might have missed out?
BarneyBarney says: I can think of Crackers in the Six Cousins series and Loopy in The Ring O' Bells Mystery but there may be others too. Enid Blyton kept spaniels as pets so it's not surprising that she wrote about them so frequently. She had a black cocker spaniel called Lassie and then another one called Laddie (she said that Loony in the Barney Mysteries was based on Laddie). When Enid Blyton lived at Old Thatch (from 1929-1938), her gardener Dick Hughes had a black spaniel named Dion.
Posted by Barbara Comiskey on January 7, 2018
Very surprised to discover books with the Enid Blyton signature displayed which were not written by her. On picking one up, one is certainly misled into thinking one is purchasing a genuine Enid Blyton book as packaged in a Ladybird-style cover for the Famous Five stories. The content is for adult reading.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, it does seem wrong that the real authors' names don't appear on the front covers or spines.
Posted by Laura B on January 6, 2018
I am trying to find some stories my mum used to read to me. Do you know of a story where a pixie collects falling leaves and gives them to an old lady so she has 365 days of good luck? Thank you. x
BarneyBarney says: You might be thinking of 'Funny-One's Present', Laura. Mother Kindly has always been good to everyone but she has had a hard life and has never known a whole year of happiness. Funny-One gives her a year of good luck by catching three hundred and sixty-five autumn leaves for her. The story can be found in these books.
Posted by Pete9012s on January 4, 2018
I was so sorry to hear that Mr. Tony Summerfield who runs this wonderful site has been ill lately and would like to take this opportunity to wish him a very speedy recovery.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Pete. My master is steadily improving and I look forward to him being as bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as ever (even though that description seems to fit dogs better than humans!)
Posted by Georgina Hargreaves on January 2, 2018
So sorry Viv Endecott's shop closed.
BarneyBarney says: It is indeed a great pity. The Square in Corfe isn't quite the same without the Ginger Pop Shop.
Posted by Mary on January 1, 2018
Dear Barney the dog, didn't Enid Blyton write a mystery series named the Barney Mysteries? If she did, can you still buy them?
BarneyBarney says: Unfortunately, the Barney books have been out of print for some years even though they're excellent mystery stories full of intrigue, emotion and humour. You should be able to find second-hand copies though, Mary. There are six titles altogether, the first being The Rockingdown Mystery, and you'll get the most out of the series if you read the books in order of publication.
Posted by Paul Austin on December 31, 2017
I wonder what Enid would have thought of our world. She never really tried to predict the future in her work, did she, Barney?
BarneyBarney says: I only recall Enid Blyton giving individuals glimpses of their (possible) future selves. I'm thinking of stories like 'The Enchanted Book', 'The Magic Mirror' and 'Sulky Susan'.
Posted by Bronwyn Odermatt on December 30, 2017
Hello, I am searching for the audio CD, if there is one, for the Enid Blyton 'Mr. Wibble-Wobble'. My children loved this audio cassette, that broke with so much use. I live in Switzerland and would be pleased to order the CD or if there is no CD available, then the audio cassette would be fine. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: 'Mr. Wibble-Wobble and Other Stories' was released as a record and as a cassette in 1983. Unfortunately, it has never been released as a CD. Your best bet would be to keep an eye on sites like eBay, though it may take a while to find one for sale. Good luck with your search!
Posted by Aminmec on December 27, 2017
What does The Enid Blyton Dossier contain? I can't seem to find much information on it.
BarneyBarney says: Your question has been answered on the forums, Aminmec.
Posted by Julie2owlsdene on December 24, 2017
Happy Christmas to all Society members, and all the best for the coming New Year of 2018.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Julie, and many thanks for the continuation books you've written for the Secret Passage. I know they are much enjoyed. A hearty wuff of Christmas greeting to you and all the family, including Rosie!
Posted by Peter-Australia on December 22, 2017
Hi Barney, I wish yourself and everyone associated with the Enid Blyton Society a Very Happy Christmas. I don't often post on this site, but I read with interest every word posted by others and I look forward to more in the coming New Year. Happy Holidays! Cheers, Peter.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Peter! A jolly wag of the tail and a Happy Christmas to you too!
Posted by Mary on December 7, 2017
Two weeks until Christmas. Barney the dog, did you ask for anything for Christmas? P.S. Did Enid Blyton make any Christmas books?
BarneyBarney says: I'm hoping that Father Christmas will drop some meaty bones down the chimney for me, Mary! You can see some of Enid Blyton's Christmas titles here. Tales of Toyland, The Six Bad Boys and Five Go Adventuring Again also feature Christmas.
Posted by Barbara on December 4, 2017
Can anyone use the Famous Five characters and write about them or does permission and a licence have to be obtained first?
BarneyBarney says: If you're planning to make money or perform something you'll need to seek permission from the copyright holders, Hachette UK. Their contact details are on their website.
Posted by Paul Austin on December 1, 2017
It'd be an expensive effort - finding a part of Scotland that still resembles the past, vintage sea-planes, child actors that can reliably imitate wartime children. It would be better if the children were played by unknowns, but you just know that funding would be conditional on a 'big name' in order to be able to sell it to America.
BarneyBarney says: Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons has been filmed twice (1974 and 2016) and it would be great to see an adaptation of similar quality of Enid Blyton's The Adventurous Four.
Posted by Paul Austin on November 30, 2017
I'd like to see a dramatisation of The Adventurous Four. Hope they'd have the guts to actually set it during WWII with actual German villains. I understand German sensitivities but it's not a reason to distort history.
BarneyBarney says: The Adventurous Four would work well as a film or TV series as it's full of action and atmosphere. Plenty of other wartime dramas have been made for children and young adults, such as Goodnight Mister Tom, Carrie's War, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, so there's no reason why The Adventurous Four couldn't be done.
Posted by Mary on November 30, 2017
Dear Barney, I have some questions. Which book is your favorite that Enid Blyton wrote? And what’s your favorite Five Find-Outers book? I am reading the Five Find-Outers now, and they are splendid! My favorite one so far is The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat. Another question I have is why did some people call Enid Blyton a racist and sexist back in the day? I thought she was a wonderful author for writing books. It just doesn’t make sense to me why some people were mean back then. Thank you Barney for answering my questions I had in the past and now, also thank you for being patient to answering everyone’s questions! Have happy holidays!
BarneyBarney says: I've combined your three messages, Mary. To answer your first question, my favourite Enid Blyton book is Shadow, the Sheep-Dog because the main character is one of the bravest, most intelligent characters Enid Blyton ever created! The Find-Outers series is brilliant but it's a pity two of the books have the word "cat" in the title. "Dog" would be much better! Regarding accusations of racism and sexism, attitudes change over time and older books need to be read with that in mind. The harshest criticisms came from people who hadn't taken social history into account.
Posted by EB's GF on November 28, 2017
Hey Barney! Long time, eh? I was reading through my old messages wondering how on earth I could have been so naive back then... Well, I remembered the day and I must say it's how I always forget the August 12s. So, it's the fifty next year then. Is the Society doing something in Enid's memory or something? Because, seriously, you guys have been quiet for the past few years.
BarneyBarney says: A wuff of greeting to you, EB's GF (Enid Blyton's Greatest Fan)! We may not have had an Enid Blyton Day since 2012 (it became harder and harder to get speakers) but there have been smaller Society gatherings at places like Old Thatch, Beckenham and Bekonscot. If you look at our forums you'll see that they're still going strong too - and Issue 64 of The Enid Blyton Society Journal was published last week. The 75th anniversary of the publication of Five on a Treasure Island was marked by Hodder this year with special editions, events and articles, but I don't know whether death anniversaries tend to be commemorated in quite the same way.
Posted by Elise on November 27, 2017
At the start of The Twins at St Clare's the father says the twins are starting at the school at age 14 and that the 'top classes are 18 years old'. There are 6 year groups and the twins start in the first form so how does this work age wise? My daughter and I can't work it out!
BarneyBarney says: As you've discovered, Elise, it just doesn't work out! It's possible that Enid Blyton originally intended The Twins at St Clare's to be a one-off book but then decided to extend the series and regretted making the girls so old at the beginning. She rarely (if ever) mentions their ages again.
Posted by Paul Austin on November 24, 2017
We all know that the modern media likes to call Enid a racist, but did she ever give her actual views on race?
BarneyBarney says: A number of recent pieces in the media have been more positive about Enid Blyton. I don't believe Enid Blyton viewed race as an issue. In her magazine editorials she welcomes readers of all races and nationalities and says that they're "all part of my big family of children".
Posted by Alice on November 22, 2017
Hi, Barney! I'm currently doing my Extended Project as part of my A-level studies. I am focusing on Enid Blyton's books and how society's preoccupations with women influenced her writing. I was wondering if you had any insight into how Enid Blyton was perceived when she first began to start writing. Thank you, Alice x
BarneyBarney says: That's a big question for a dog to answer, Alice! This thread on our discussion forums may be of help. You could also search for other forum discussions by typing key words into the search box. Best of luck with your project!
Posted by Pete9012s on November 22, 2017
I'd like to thank Barney for answering all of OUR questions so kindly and patiently throughout the year. Is there any question Barney YOU would have liked to have asked Enid Blyton if that was possible?
BarneyBarney says: A jolly wag of the tail to you, Pete! I'd like to have asked Enid Blyton if I could go rabbiting with her fox terrier, Bobs!
Posted by Noni on November 20, 2017
Hi, Barney. I want to know what Enid's favourite books were by other authors... and did she have a personal favourite book of her own? Greetings!
BarneyBarney says: We don't know which of her own books Enid Blyton liked best, Noni, but she said in an interview that her favourite character was George (an adventurous girl who wants to be a boy) from the Famous Five series. When Enid Blyton was a child, she loved the magical atmosphere of The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. Other books she enjoyed as a girl included Lewis Carroll's "Alice" books, Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott and The Coral Island by R. M. Ballantyne.
Posted by Billy on November 20, 2017
They have announced today that the Faraway Tree series is being made into a film by the same people who made the Paddington films!
BarneyBarney says: Yes, that is exciting news!
Posted by Robert Rhomas on November 20, 2017
How have you allowed some of the disgusting books in the new series to be printed? Five Give Up the Booze etc. must make Enid Blyton turn in her grave. Is there no limit to money grabbing?
BarneyBarney says: The Enid Blyton Society had nothing to do with Bruno Vincent's books, Robert. You can see what our forum members think of them here.
Posted by Pippa Thomas on November 18, 2017
Dear Enid Blyton Society, My cousins and I performed a play called 'The Currant Bun'. It was inside one of the annuals, I think approximately 1965 to 1970. Please could I have a copy of this play? I would like to send it to my cousin Joy, who performed the role of Fatty. We all had such a delightful time. Thank you for your help in this matter. Yours, Pippa Thomas.
BarneyBarney says: I'm unable to make a copy of the play but I can tell you the title of the book it was in - Enid Blyton's Book of the Year. It's a very entertaining play to perform or watch.
Posted by Paul Austin on November 17, 2017
I'm kind of peeved that Zerelda has lost her Victory Rolls in modern reprints. She now has a vague and unspecified elaborate hairstyle, probably in an attempt to make Malory Towers less "1940s".
BarneyBarney says: It is a shame when little details like that are lost.
Posted by Lunai Dragonborn on November 15, 2017
I'm re-reading Malory Towers for a bit of light reading, and I'm on the third book. Lossie Laxton has just been mentioned and I was wondering if she was real - or perhaps based on a real person? For example, I know Darrell Rivers was based on Enid's second husband. Thanks for reading this, it was 'wunnerful' of you! ~ Sorry, I couldn't help myself :p
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton probably based Lossie Laxton on the film stars of the day but not necessarily on any particular one - though Deanna Durbin also had an alliterative name and sometimes wore her hair in rolls.
Posted by Tracey on November 15, 2017
Hi, I am looking for a poem about a tall blue policeman who stood in Oxford Street and stopped the traffic for the fairy queen to go by. My gran read it in a book when she was a child in the Second World War but has never found it since. Hope you can help.
BarneyBarney says: The poem your gran remembers is 'The Kind Policeman', Tracey. You can see the poem and publication details here.
Posted by Red on November 13, 2017
I am trying to find the Noddy Happy Families card game you show on your website. Is this still available or reissued? Please let me know where I might find same for my grandchildren. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: It isn't available new but I just checked eBay and there are at least three packs for sale second-hand. If you buy the game, I hope your grandchildren have great fun playing it!
Posted by Jenny Symonds on November 12, 2017
I remember as a child playing with the Noddy Car Game - would love to buy one for my grandson if the cost is reasonable.
BarneyBarney says: There are three available on eBay at the moment, Jenny. If you manage to get one I hope your grandson enjoys the game as much as you did.
Posted by Paul Austin on November 12, 2017
I cannot forgive Enid for accepting uncritically the views of her time that bullying was beneficial for the victim. She even has Darrell say "We were being cruel to be kind". Today, we know the harm bullying can do, not just at the time, but haunting the victim into adult life.
BarneyBarney says: I must say I can't remember Darrell ever setting out to taunt or torment people just for the fun of it. Occasionally she loses her temper and deals out slaps or shoves but she's always horrified with herself afterwards and apologises at the first opportunity. She also takes part in punishing girls who are persistently nasty, e.g. sending Gwendoline to Coventry, but that kind of action is only taken as a last resort. Alicia does seem to get away with being sharp-tongued and hard-hearted though, just because she's lively and clever and plays tricks in lessons.