Categories: Ste Therese's House Characters: Hilda Annersley, Nell Wilson
School Period: Switzerland
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Adventure, Friendship, Humour, Mystery
Series: A New Dream
Chapters: 38 Completed: Yes
Word count: 79412 Read: 27502
Published: 27 Jul 2014 Updated: 01 Mar 2015
2. Chapter 2 - The Elephant's Child by MaryR [Reviews - 10] (1654 words)
Thank you so much for the kind reviews welcoming this drabble, especially when some of you have already read it once before, years ago.
Elennare, what was that you were saying about books and volcanoes?? *grins*
3. Chapter 3 - How Much is Too Much? by MaryR [Reviews - 7] (2151 words)
Thank you for the lovely reviews.
Jenny asks: Have you done the trip yourself?
Not so much a trip, Jenny, as a stay in the village where Hila and Nell are staying. I first went as a girl of 17 to stay with my penfriend there, went back again two years later, and then, when doing my French degree, I worked for six months in a children's home up in the mountains nearby at a place called le Mont Dore, my penfriend joining me there for three of those months. We're still great friends after 50 years, and attended each other's weddings and our daughters' weddings. But as she has lived in Orleans since she got married, the last time I was in the Auvergne was on a family holiday there in 1984.
4. Chapter 4 - The Bright Boroughs by MaryR [Reviews - 7] (1744 words)
I do apologise for not coming back to post more on here. My week sort of flew by - and yet nothing seemed to get done! *rolls eyes*
Very many thanks to all of you who were kind enough to post a review on the last chapter.
5. Chapter 5 - Cowardy, Cowardy Custard! by MaryR [Reviews - 8] (1576 words)
A big thank you to those of you taking the time to comment. I hope you find all the different means of transport interesting as we meander through their weekend, because there are plenty more to come!
6. Chapter 6 - How Fast Does Your Guardian Angel Fly? by MaryR [Reviews - 6] (1964 words)
Thanks for the reviews. For those anticipating what form of transport comes next, wait no longer....
I only hope you're not disappointed.
8. Chapter 8 - The Land of Sweet Content by MaryR [Reviews - 8] (2597 words)
A big thank you to those of you who posted on the last chapter about the lime green beauty. You may have kept me posting.....
For those of you who don’t know my version of Hilda’s past, which is mentioned at the end of this chapter, it does make an appearance in ND, but there is also the very short drabble, ‘A Future and a Hope’ which is where I first introduced it. I thought I’d posted it here in SDL but obviously not, so if anyone wants a copy of the doc, feel free to ask.
9. Chapter 9 - The Glory of Friendship by MaryR [Reviews - 7] (2492 words)
I'm sorry to make you wait so long for another chapter, but my laptop has been in the computer hospital - although I'm still not convinced all has been put right.
A huge thank you to those following and reviewing.
10. Chapter 10 - Einstein’s Little Cotton Socks by MaryR [Reviews - 8] (1900 words)
Thanks so much, everyone, for the kindly and insightful reviews. As for Linda, Elennare and Elder, I love how you pick out things in the text which you've enjoyed or even made you giggle.
Don't relax any time soon, Miss Wilson. The presents aren't quite done yet....
11. Chapter 11 - Music Gives Wings to the Mind by MaryR [Reviews - 7] (1995 words)
Thank you for the comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed that quotation duel. Fiona, I, too, am a fan of L'Engle. She's one of my favourite authors.
I'm sorry our holiday meant you had to wait so long, but I'll try and finish posting the first part of this and then get back to ND.
12. Chapter 12 - Light and Joy by MaryR [Reviews - 11] (2081 words)
Thank you so much to those six of you who wrote such lovely comments. Nell enjoyed her concert, even if it did make her cringe! *grins* I'm sorry I didn't update earlier in the week but RL got in the way rather badly.
14. Chapter 14 - The Red Peril by MaryR [Reviews - 9] (1771 words)
Thank you, Linda, Elder, Chalet Girl and Fiona, for reviewing. I'm so glad a few of you, at least, enjoyed Nell's proposal that Hilda should marry M Diderot. *winks*
Linda, thank you so much for catching up and writing four reviews. That was above and beyond....
15. Chapter 15 - Nell Plans for the Future by MaryR [Reviews - 6] (1559 words)
Thank you so much for the lovely reviews.
I know I'm posting more often at the moment, but I want to get this first part finished as quickly as I can. It seems to have been staggering on for ages. So blink, and you might miss a chapter! *winks*
16. Chapter 16 - Nell’s Monkey Tricks by MaryR [Reviews - 7] (1625 words)
Well, I did say I'd post more quickly!!!! *grins evilly*
Thank you for the reviews, Elennare,Fiona, Chalet Girl, Linda and Pauline. Elennare, to write four lengthy reviews is above and beyond, my dear. It was very kind of you to spend so much time catching up like that.
17. Chapter 17 - Hilda Again Takes Her Revenge by MaryR [Reviews - 8] (1421 words)
Thanks to Elder, Pauline, ivohenry, Beecharmer and Jenny for entering the fun with zest. Beecharmer, thanks for writing a review for each chapter you missed. That was so kind of you!
Ivohenry hopes Nell doesn't take the spinning girl's place - and if she does, will she be able to stay still?
*grins widely* Watch this space, ivohenry!
18. Chapter 18 - Pull the Other One! by MaryR [Reviews - 9] (2102 words)
Oh, you are dears! Thank you so much for the lovely reviews of that knife-throwing chapter. Do go and read shesings' review if you haven't already seen it. It cracked me up! Not sure what SLOC would think of having parties like that in the house. And I am delighted you loved that crack of Hilda's at the end.
I hope this chapter isn't an anti-climax after all that knife-throwing, but all is now revealed about Hilda's secret visit to Freudesheim, when she ended up battered and bruised. Enjoy!
19. Chapter 19 - Now the Tale is Done by MaryR [Reviews - 9] (4860 words)
Thank you so much for all the kindly reviews with which you've blessed this bizarre little story. There is a Volume 2 - the beginning of which one CBBer called slapstick - but you’ll have to wait a little while, I’m afraid. So be alert!
I do include a fire in the Salon in this piece. One CS book says that the only real fire on the Platz is at Freudesheim, but in Redheads there is the only mention I can find of a fire in Hilda’s Salon – and it does make the scene feel so much cosier.
20. Chapter 20 - Intermission by MaryR [Reviews - 8] (1457 words)
I know you’re not going to be happy with me, but ND is coming along so slowly that I thought I would finish Hilda’s Revenge instead, to keep you all out of mischief while you wait. I know Hilda is still sitting there in complete shock and dismay, but, as she isn’t talking to me much, she obviously wants to get over her shock before we resume business. After all, I did say one of the characters from the second part of Revenge would soon be appearing in ND, so you need to know who and what he is.
I will try to post each chapter of this quite quickly, so we get through it in double quick time and can return to sadder issues.
I've also decided not to split it into two separate parts, but add the second part here, after this Intermission,
21. Chapter 21 - Nell in the Doldrums by MaryR [Reviews - 6] (2046 words)
Thanks so much to those of you who welcomed this back, as I wondered whether anyone would. After all, it's only a bit of fun! Though it does encapsulate my views on Hilda and Nell, as depicted in ND.
22. Chapter 22 - Please May I Re-Wind Today and Start Again? by MaryR [Reviews - 8] (2103 words)
Thank you so much for joining the mayhem, Elder, Pauline, Linda, Jenny, shesings and ivohenry.
Linda commented, 'What a lovely wind up. Just how long can Hilda keep it up?'
Oh, a long time, Linda...... Think of that vast patience of hers. *grins*
26. Chapter 26 - An Occasion of Sin by MaryR [Reviews - 5] (1503 words)
I'm going to try and post a chapter every day from now on. The quicker it's done, the quicker I can get back to posting ND - or not!
28. Chapter 28 - A Princess and Her Stooge by MaryR [Reviews - 5] (2197 words)
I know I said I'd post this every day, but, as I wrote to some of you, my whole Favourites toolbar, also containing the Edit function, has completely disappeared and SLOC's not here to sort me out. (Is that possible?) Anyway, Chalet Girl, bless her little cotton socks, has shown me another way to cut and paste, using Control and two keys. So, me voilà!
Thank you for all the reviews. Hope you found my responses.
29. Chapter 29 - Nell is Overcome by MaryR [Reviews - 6] (2565 words)
Linda and Elder, thank you so much for your lovely reviews. I do enjoy reading your thoughts on Hilda and Nell, and I appreciate your kindness, since you've already posted on it all once before in 2006.
Thanks also to Jenny and Anne for faithfully reading and commenting.
30. Chapter 30 - A Twilight Gift by MaryR [Reviews - 4] (1637 words)
Toolbar found and sorted, thank goodness.
Sorry for the lack of post yesterday, but never got to open my laptop, alas.
Elder, thanks for saying Revenge is giving you a warm and fuzzy feeling. That's how I felt when writing it, it was such a joy to pen.
Heartfelt thanks to those who commented that you are reading it. Without that knowledge, it can all seem rather pointless. I hope you'll see the why of re-posting, apart from Jenny's pleading, in the next volume of ND, and ignore my lack of self-confidence.
31. Chapter 31- That Complicated Meal of Sinclair's by MaryR [Reviews - 6] (1561 words)
I hope everyone has read the responses I've written to their reviews on earlier chapters. Linda, Elder and Pauline, thank you for your lovely comments on Chapter 30,A Twilight Gift.
If any of you haven't read it yet, it may answer some of your questions about Sinclair, or maybe just keep the mystery going, not sure which. It certainly shows you Sinclair in full flow.
32. Chapter 32 - A Gentle Command by MaryR [Reviews - 6] (1454 words)
As Fiona and many others of you say, all these birthday celebrations will bring bitter-sweet memories for Hilda later on - but better to have these sweet memories than nothing at all.
Elennare, I forgot to reply to your query about fasting and evening Mass. Yes, growing up in the fifties one had to fast from midnight, no matter how late in the morning was Mass, if you wanted to take holy communion - but we didn't have evening masses in those days, so no need to fret about how long to fast.
Only a short piece tonight, but the next one is longer.
33. Chapter 33 - Who Walks Beside Me in the Gloom? by MaryR [Reviews - 5] (1847 words)
Glad you enjoyed the sweet. I thought I'd added it to the recipe thread when I first posted this, but it was so long ago that I suspect the current thread is now a different one. If anyone would like the recipe,just ask me, though it may take a while to find as I haven't made it for a few years. Far too fattening!
Anne, as usual your perceptive nature picked up on that steely command of Hilda's. Or is it that you pick up on what I see as the important things? *grins*
34. Chapter 34 - One Surprise Too Many by MaryR [Reviews - 5] (1232 words)
Linda, Elder and Pauline, thank you so much for commenting on every single chapter of this, including that last one. There are just no words! Seven, thanks for your review on Chapter 33.
35. Chapter 35 - The Loose Thread by MaryR [Reviews - 7] (4286 words)
Those of you who think all has now been explained, may find themselves rather surprised by Hilda's exposé below. I myself wrote this next chapter in one way, then found I had to re-write it all as she revealed the truth to me. She's an impossible woman!
37. Chapter 37 - A Presence in the Emptiness by MaryR [Reviews - 6] (2727 words)
The penultimate chapter, folks! I'll try and post the last one soonish!
Thank you for all the lovely reviews for a chapter that radically altered the whole mood of the story. Hilda's idea, not mine!! *winks*
38. Chapter 38 - Intrinsically One by MaryR [Reviews - 12] (1225 words)
Many thanks to Elder, Pauline, Linda, Anne, shesings and Fiona for your kindly reviews on the penultimate chapter.
Thanks, also, to all others who posted responses at one time or another.
Like you, shesings, I didn't want this to end when I was writing it, and I don't want it to end now, but I suspect there would be little interest for more, so will draw a line under it