Date: 03 Sep 2016 12:58 am Title: Chapter 10 - A Time to Heal Others
What a grasp for detail Hilda has, even though she is feeling so exhaiusted she is making sure all her charges staff aswell as pupils are going to be supported should tney need it through the night. Even finding time to reassure Ian of his special gifts. So good that Mirreille is helping as well and proving what a wonderful headgirl she is turning out tobe. Thankyou Mary.
Author's Response: Thank you for all the reviews, Sue. It's very kind of you when I know how busy you are. I sometimes wish I had Hilda's eye for detail, don't you?
Date: 19 Aug 2016 10:15 am Title: Chapter 10 - A Time to Heal Others
Hilda really does think of everything, letting Tonia see Sarah sleeping will have relieved her mind slightly about her and speaking to her parents has jolted Tonia out of herself for the moment. I hope Tonia does get some sleep knowing that she's with a group of understanding people who are feeling the same way.
The light banter will help Hilda's reserves build up again before she sees Helen. Loved Rosalie's reaction to Hilda and Ian - wonder if she'll say anything or not.
Barbara will need the calmness of being away from things overnight along with the companionship of Gillian who went through it with her plus knowing that she's still helping even without patrolling corridors.
As for Hilda, will this day ever end in sleep?!
Date: 16 Aug 2016 8:49 pm Title: Chapter 10 - A Time to Heal Others
Another fabulous chapter, which illustrates how Hilda “leads with love” and wraps a blanket of that love around everyone. No detail is too small and she would do anything for them. Little wonder then that Ian describes her as…”gold through and through…pure gold.” And they all (Barbara, Gillian, Tonia, Rosalie, Ian…) would do anything for her too. Lovely scene with Ian and a big ‘like’ for the Dorothy L. Sayers poem.
Thank you, Mary
Date: 16 Aug 2016 1:33 am Title: Chapter 10 - A Time to Heal Others
Yet again, Hilda considers everyone's needs above her own, sparing no efforts to ensure that Barbara Henschell, Gillian and Tonia will have company overnight while at the same time taking up Mireille's and Carmela's very ready offers of help. I like the quiet, yet caring way she overrides all Barbara's protests, insisting that she needs the rest, yet at the same time reducing Barbara's inevitable feelings of guilt by admitting that she herself will not be allowed to join in the overnight patrols either. She's right, of course; it's far more important for Barbara, Gillian, and Tonia, as well as herself, to get what sleep they can - they all need it just as much as Jeanne does, but Jeanne will be fine with Ellie. I'm sure Tonia has already been helped first, by spending those few minutes sitting with Sarah, and then by the conversation with her father, something I'm sure Gillian will also enjoy once her turn comes. (It's actually quite helpful at this point that Swiss time is an hour ahead of UK time!) The interlude between Ian and Hilda says so much about what they each have to offer the other, even though marriage is not to be. I love Hilda's reiteration that Ian's breakdown after what he saw in the Camps is nothing to be ashamed about - he did everything he possibly could in dreadful circumstances, ones which so many people really did not want to know about. She does so much to restore his confidence, something which even MA, his twin sister, had failed to do for so long, while he only wants to do whatever he can to help her. And whether he can see it or not, even these few minutes' conversation between them have given Hilda the time she needs to prepare herself for her meeting with Helen. He really is her Balm in Gilead, isn't he? The truth is that in her own way, Hilda is his, too.
Thank you, Mary - and apologies for yet another essay!!
Author's Response: Don't apologise, Elder. I love it! Especially the part about Hilda and Ian, and that Hilda is his Balm in Gilead as much as he is here. I'd never seen that before, but you're so right! Now you know why I gain so much from the reviews - you all see things I didn't even know I'd put there. How true it is that the readers make up half the book, for they bring their own truths to any book and take from it what the author may never have intended.
Date: 15 Aug 2016 11:29 pm Title: Chapter 10 - A Time to Heal Others
I loved this part the first time I read it and I still find all the love and practical support flowing around the school so moving and strengthening - thank you, Mary!
Author's Response: Aw, thanks, shesings. I have my own favourite parts, too, and this is most definitely one of them.