Date: 30 Aug 2016 11:11 pm Title: Chapter 13 - A Confused, Contrary Heart..
Having reached this chapter again in the reposting, and re-read it twice tonight, I am still not sure that Kathie 'gets it'. Her pride will not let her see the error of her ways and how much damage she has done by her attitude. Hilda has certainly given her every chance to learn the error if her ways and I do hope that she will go to the convent. It could just be the making of her.
Date: 23 Aug 2016 11:40 am Title: Chapter 13 - A Confused, Contrary Heart..
How has Kathie become so incredibly self centred that no-one at all matters except for herself? She's not even concerned for Hilda's health despite all her protestations of loving Hilda let alone for the girls and staff caught up in such terrible events.
Good for Hilda in showing the ice in her voice and clearly letting Kathie know this is her very last chance. Even now though Kathie seems unaware of the reality around her and the complete mess that she has turned her life into from one of such charm.
Kathie's reaction to being Head of Maths and helping with forms needing a form mistress is quite telling - she wasn't ready for such sudden promotion, she needs the stepping stones of form mistress, head of subject and then up to deputy and finally head. Some people cope well with a sudden leap, others need the more usual, gradual route.
I started out wanting to throttle Kathie and ended up wanting to hug the little girl who can't break away from her Aunt. The fact that she knew it was the wrong approach even when continuing down that path gives me hope - if she can stay away from home and accept help from others maybe she can turn her career around although it's probably too late for her relationship with Nancy.
Date: 22 Aug 2016 12:48 pm Title: Chapter 13 - A Confused, Contrary Heart..
Kekaha is a spoils child, who was not allowed to grow up by her aunt. Underneath she is insecure and has weak foundations for leadership. Her aunt has caused her to more problems and does not help as she has no experience of working in a nineteen sixties school.
I wonder what has happened to Nell Randalth who went to teach in the Welsh CS, she might make an alternative head of Saint Mildren's who would be acceptable to Madge.
Date: 20 Aug 2016 5:04 pm Title: Chapter 13 - A Confused, Contrary Heart..
Oh Kathie...hold on too tightly to those relationships / things you love and you squeeze the very life breath out of them...and as for "just a secretary"...it's a long way back from here...but Hilda finds a way for her.
Thank you, Mary
Date: 20 Aug 2016 12:34 pm Title: Chapter 13 - A Confused, Contrary Heart..
Not quite what Kathie was expecting. Here's hoping she will take it all on board and listen and digest what Hilda has said and try. Of course we know what happens next, but we can hope for the unknown after that, that Kathie does genuinely changes. Part of me would ask Kathie to go to MA now, before she does any more damage, but am guessing with so manay mistresses down, that's impossible
Date: 19 Aug 2016 11:34 pm Title: Chapter 13 - A Confused, Contrary Heart..
I'm torn between wanting to smack Kathie round the head with a wet haddock and feeling very sorry for a woman who is deeply insecure. She fears losing Nancy's love, she doesn't believe she can command respect without bullying people, she is jealous of colleagues whose talents might take attention away from her! It's no excuse for her rudeness, of course, but it may always rear its ugly and pernicious head!
Author's Response: Ooh, may I get Hilda to smack her with that wet haddock? What a wonderful image! Thanks, shesings, for giving me a good laugh.
Date: 19 Aug 2016 10:14 pm Title: Chapter 13 - A Confused, Contrary Heart..
I must say I wonder how Hilda keeps her patience during this conversation with Kathie. It really does seem as if every time she takes a step forward with her, Kathis immediately takes two steps backwards. She has so little insight into her own iniquities, or the consequences of her behaviour. And yet, Hilda keeps inexorably on, gradually wearing away at her until she agrees to go to the convent at half term. I have every confidence in MA's abilities, as has Hilda, but I wonder if even she will have the "tough love" needed to bring Kathie to a full realisation of her situation vis a vis the staff she has treated so badly, or even vis a vis her future with Nancy. Certainly if Kathie arrives at the convent still blinkered by the jealousy which is still so clearly obvious in the last line here, even MA may find herself up against a brick wall. And yet, as Hilds shows her so clearly, any signs of a real effort to change will be supported unfailingly by MA and by Hilda herself.
Thank you Mary - I know it's taking time and patience to re-post all this, but I know I'm not the only one seeing even more in each chapter on a second reading than I did on a first.