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Summary: Life had become a series of dreadful accidents and incidents for Hilda and the school. Will these now settle down? Will she recover from the blood poisoning and resume all her usual activities? Will she be strong enough to welcome Meg back, or to go to Boston with Ellie? Will she survive till the end of term, spirit intact? And what, then, will the convent bring? And how will Ellie fare after Kathie’s terrible attack?
Categories: Ste Therese's House
Characters: Hilda Annersley, Jack Maynard, Kathie Ferrars, Madge (Bettany) Russell, Nancy Wilmot, Nell Wilson, Rosalie Dene
School Period: Switzerland
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Drama, Family, Friendship, Humour, School Story
Series: A New Dream
Chapters: 43 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 300410 Read Count: 43250
[Report This] Published: 20 Sep 2016 Updated: 20 May 2018
Reviewer: Bobcat Signed
Date: 26 Jan 2018 Title: Chapter 34: Chapter 34 - Broken Fragments

Thank you for another lovely chapter, Mary. MA is certainly working her magic wherever she goes - lets hope Kathie isn't too scared to talk to her.

I loved the previous chapter with MA and Nancy; Nancy depsperately needed someone to talk to about Hilda and Kathie, and MA seems to understand where others can't always, because they're IN the situation.

Reviewer: Bobcat Signed
Date: 03 Feb 2018 Title: Chapter 35: Chapter 35 - The Twins Open Up Their Hearts

Ah, I love this chapter. How nice to see Kate and Ian together. We've learnt so much about them through ND so far, but they've been in different countries, and not had much chance to be brother and sister to each other.

How much Ian has changed through knowing Hilda - he's wiser than MA when it comes to 'school Hilda' because he knows what she has to do as Headmistress, and the high standards she has for herself. MA primarily knows 'daughter Hilda' who reveals her hurting side at the convent, and so MA (understandbly) wants to wrap Hilda in cotton wool and hide her away until she's strong enough to cope, but that's not how Hilda works, and Ian knows it.

I also love that we're seeing the side of MA that is full of fear for Hilda, and doubt in and rage at God for not giving Hilda a break. Nuns are just as flawed as the rest of us!

Hopefully together they can supoprt Hilda in the best way - and when Hilda goes to the convent and Ian to the parish, they're going to be a combined force to be reckoned with.

Thank you Mary.

Author's Response: Oh, indeed, Bobcat, and MA would be the first to admit that nuns are just like the rest of we human beings with all our flaws and gifts, and, when our loved ones are hurt, we let fly. She clearly decided it was about time we saw her in the raw, so to speak. Obviously, they have been in touch over the years and occasionally seen each other, as when Ian appeared the first time Hilda was at the convent, but they never really have time just to be family. I love how you've identified each of them knowing only one side of Hilda: school Hilda and daughter Hilda, and Ian is trying so hard to get her to accept the school Hilda who's in charge and so has to do more than others. He's very gentle at making people see things for themselves, whereas Mother tends to batter them into submission - as she battered Ian as a child. *grins* Thank you for your interesting views.

Reviewer: Bobcat Signed
Date: 12 Mar 2018 Title: Chapter 38: Chapter 38 - Mother Fears She's Been Too Open

Well done MA...... She's following Hilda's example and knows that to open up to those who love us, and to share our pain with them can teach them and help them as much as it can to us, even though it makes us vulnerable.

Ellie is learning that adults often carry sorrow, just as she does, but used the right way it can make people more loving and more forgving.

Thank you Mary.

Author's Response: Yes, having opened up to Hilda, she now finds it easier to bring it up again, and indeed is always willing if it will help someone else. As for Ellie, I think when we're children we don't realise everyone has some sort of suffering. We only see our own. Thank you, and watch soon for what MA does with Kathie - if she'll stop interfering with my writing of it!!!

Reviewer: Bobcat Signed
Date: 26 Mar 2018 Title: Chapter 39: Chapter 39 - The Chains of Forlorn Resentment

Gosh..... I think MA needs a stiff drink after that discussion. Well done to her for keeping her temper though, in spite of wanting to shake / slap Kathie! I think I'd have done the same. She's learnt well from Hilda though; gentle patience and persistence can get you a lot further than butting heads with someone.

But oh....poor Kathie.... (and yes, I do feel a bit sorry for her). There's some massivel internal war going on there, and I'm not sure she knows which way is up half the time; vacillating between wanting to be the friendly, sparky Kathie she used to be, and being eaten up with jealousy, resentment and goodness knows what. It's not a good place to be, and she probably hates herself for it, but at the same time feels she's justified in it somehow.

It reminds me of the verse 'Where your treaure is, there your heart is also'. Kathie's treasure (and heart) are both turned inwards on herself, with the resulting actions and bad behaviour. I really hope she accepts MA's help and that of the other sisters at the convent, and that the loving atmosphere of the place has an affect on her.

Thank you Mary - i've been looking forward to this encounter for ages, and it was definitely worth the wait!

Author's Response: Oh, goodness, Bobcat, I'm so glad MA, Kathie and I didn't disappoint you! *grins* Thank you! You're right! Kathie has no idea what she should be thinking, so mired is she still in her resentment, jealousy and pride. I'm just hoping she'll do a Meg at the convent and suddenly give in and find peace, for Hilda's sake. Hilda has been so patient and kind with her, so gracious and forgiving, but it hasn't really penetrated below the surface yet. It may...

Reviewer: Bobcat Signed
Date: 01 May 2018 Title: Chapter 41: Chapter 41 - The Pot of Gold Buried Deep in the Heart of a Friend

I am very glad Sister Catherine allowed Mother to visit the school. There's no one else Hilda would allow to see her in such pain and need, or anyone else she needs more than MA right now. The relationship between them is beautiful.

Thank you Mary.

Author's Response: I'm so glad you like their relationship, Bobcat, because Hilda surely needed someone she could be open with, after losing Nell - though I'm quite sure she never expected that confidante to be a nun! As you say, she allows MA to see the neediness that no one else sees. She would consider it weakness, whereas others seeing her physical pain is not quite the same.


What happens when the Chalet School meets the Swiss census.

Categories: St Clare's House
Characters: Hilda Annersley, Nell Wilson, Rosalie Dene
School Period: Switzerland
School Name: Chalet School, St Mildred's
Genre: Angst, Drama, Humour
Series: None
Chapters: 11 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 4697 Read Count: 2209
[Report This] Published: 18 Mar 2018 Updated: 22 Mar 2018
Reviewer: Bobcat Signed
Date: 21 Mar 2018 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9

I am loving this! It's wonderful - and i"m not just saying that because I'm referenced in it (thank you!).

I love the 'stream of consciousness' writing, and the chapter notes that went 'The answer is always 42' at the end of one chapter and then 'This time the answer is not 42.' after the next one, really made me laugh!

Author's Response:

Good stuff.  I'm nearly finished, because I can't spin it out much more, but it is fun to write after a long day fooling round with census problems.