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St Clare's – Favourite character

April 4, 2008 – Tuba says: Well unlike MT there are many good characters in SC. They do have bad qualities in them but well nobody is perfect. SC characters are very interesting. I have many favourites . Some of them are Claudine, Carlotta, Janet, Bobby, Lucy, Margery, Antoinnete, etc.
April 7, 2008 – Tina says: I have been surfing this site for many days and I think that only Tuba says meaningful sentences. St Clare's series is much better than MT. George is also good.
May 28, 2008 – Ankita says: Lucy is intelligent, sensible as well as quite pretty. She's my favourite.
July 30, 2008 – Laurence E Beston says: My favourite character is Claudine. A truly amazing character.
August 26, 2008 – Sylvie says: Gladys! She's amazing! I love the change in her character and the amazing talents and qualities that are discovered in her. And even when she does discover how she is a talented person she remains quiet and gentle and doesn't become big-headed or noisy like the others.
March 6, 2009 – Malvika says: Claudine! Can someone help liking her? A most well built character with pluck and courage.
December 29, 2009 – Sakshi says: Claudine and Carlotta! I like Janet and bobby too. And I kind of like Margery. I mean, she was so brave when she saved some person from a fire! (I can't remember the name of the person whom she saved. Can someone help me?) I think Lucy Oriell is too perfect. She doesn't have even one flaw in her character. Even the twins are better than her! And Malvika, you are right. I can't help liking Claudine!
Bets says... Bets says: Margery saves Erica despite Erica being extremely underhanded and mean to Margery Fenworthy.
December 30, 2009 – April June says: I have many favourites too, Tuba. Among them are Claudine, Bobby, Janet, Carlotta, Margery, Lucy, Antoinette, Gladys, and Isabel. Claudine is one of my favourites because -- well, who can help liking Claudine? She's bold, daring, mischievous, witty and kind, and very fun. Bobby and Janet come up with some extremely fun, mad-cap tricks that keep the class in stitched of laughter. Carlotta -- well, she is a little like Claudine, but very special and nice and fun in her own way. Margery is brave and is great at sports, and I love sports. They're so fun! Lucy is kind, friendly, smart, talented, bright. . . I like her a lot. Antoinette takes after her sister a little -- she's a clever girl, witty, irrepressible, and smart in her own way. I love it when she polishes Angela's shoes with Angela's expensive cream, and when she makes the anchovy toast with shoe oil! (That must have tasted awful!) And then she makes Matron give her one of her [Matron's] chocolates, under the guise of being so terribly upset. (Er -- am I right about that last detail? I don't remember everything. ) Gladys is wonderful -- gentle, kind, quiet, and talented. I love Sylvie's description of her. As for Isabel -- well, I just like her. Somehow I find her better than Pat. And I like Mamzelle, too! :-).
January 2, 2010 – Kylie Paris Ruby Jackson says: Most of the Mam'zelle's in any EB book have simillar personalities, which sometimes is annoying. But I always wish my French teacher was like that!! I can't help liking Isabel though, she was kind of forced to be 'Stuck Up' in the first book!
January 4, 2010 – Alicia says: I don't really have many favourites. Mam'zelle is one of my favourites - I wish my French teacher was like that, but no, he has to be some stupid old grouch who's complaining about his wife's complaints on his honeymoon. Anyway, back onto the topic - I like Janet, Bobby and Claudine too.
January 23, 2010 – Juliet says: I think Carlotta is my favourite, because she is wild and different, and does not care about what people think about her, which is the reason she is popular. I also like the way she started as a dark horse, keeping mysterious and secretive and ended up wild and bouncy. I also like Claudine who comes second, the way she acts so French and can be a bit vain (not as Angela of course), but she is really funny and can be mischievous. The ones who comes third is a tie between Bobby and Doris, Bobby is tom boyish which was what I used to be like, and Doris was like me always acting, being funny and dramatic but forgets poems but instead acts them out.
December 27, 2010 – Maxine says: I like Carlotta and Bobby for some reasons and Claudine for a couple of reasons. I like Carlotta because she is daring and fun, and fierce tempered to bring excitment to the story, also because she belongs to a circus, and that is a massive thing that belongs to you, yes, doing handstands and wild tricks, that is very liking. I like Bobby because she is funny and plays all sorts of tricks, but the funniest bit is when she accidently cracks the stink-bomb and the class is left to work in stink. She always does the adventure, and I like her even better than George, because she is kinder and not fierce-tempered so much as George. I like Claudine a bit because of the strawberry stealing and her falling into the pool and drenching Angela's awful mother. Most characters are good, apart from Pat incouraging Isabel in the first place to become sulky and complain and Isabel still has a sensible mind in the books continued.
January 29, 2012 – Gillian says: I like Antoinette and Claudine, they're just awesome! So daring. I wish I had the pluck to do things like that. The perfect way to describe Claudine is that 'she does the most awful things for the best of reasons'! That's the best part about her. She does all those amazing things (jumping into a pool from a high gallery when you don't like swimming seems amazing to me) for good reasons. Go Claudine and Antoinette!
September 18, 2015 – Rebecca says: My favourite character is Bobby!!!!!!
September 21, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: Claudine and Carlotta, I wish some of the boys in the books were like them instead of over protective boring brothers.
September 22, 2015 – Evie M says: Philip wasn't overprotective or boring.
September 22, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: He wasn't but most of that's because the way Dinah is. The rest of the boys are over protective though, (even Fatty was sometimes) and most of them never almost carefree and stuff.
Daisy says... Daisy says: When these books were first written boys were very protective towards their sisters and girls in general. A thing now sadly long gone.
September 23, 2015 – Evie M says: Yes I agree, Tom, the boys were a bit overprotective. Why do girls need protecting anyway!? And Daisy it's not sad if my brother was like that. I would tell him to stop being stupid.
September 23, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: I know Evie, girls can take care of themselves, unless it's my younger sister asking me to move a huge spider out her room or something'!
September 23, 2015 – Evie M says: Haha I'm arachnephobic but I never ask my brother to move a spider because he'd throw it at me. And yes, girls can take care of themselves! (And you should move the spider for your sister).
Buster says... Buster says: Please could I remind everyone, correct spelling please, no slang words. Posts will not be accepted unless written correctly.
September 24, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: Hey thanks for the idea, Evie. Next time I'll throw the spider at my sister and blame it on you!!
September 24, 2015 – Evie M says: Don't do that!!! It might seem funny to you but trust me I know it will be terrifying for her. Actually don't do it!!! I feel so bad now for your sister ; -) And sorry Buster.
September 24, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: Well it is funny, Evie. Especially as it will be payback/revenge for what she did the other day. *Evil laughter*.
September 25, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: I won't 'throw' it at her, I feel to sorry for the poor spider. But don't worry Evie, me and my friend will use the spiders in the cellar for a little revenge!
Fatty says... Fatty says: We seem to be going way off-topic here!
September 29, 2015 – Lily says: I just want to say thet even if it appears as if she is a featherhead, Alison is kind and understanding. And she's na´ve. She has her faults but no one can help warming towards her!
September 29, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: But Alison doesn't know anything! Plus she's a spoilt brat.
September 30, 2015 – Evie M says: I like Alison, even though she's dumb she's really nice and she usually realises what an idiot she's been at the end of the book.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Oh that that was true for all of us!
September 30, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: She should realize that before she does something dumb though not after.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Isn't that that all part of the story though. What's the point of a predictable perfect person in a book.
October 1, 2015 – Evie M says: Tom most people only realise how stupid they've been after it's happened.
October 2, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: Maybe so Evie, but still, don't you think Alison is too dumb to be realistic?
October 3, 2015 – Evie M says: Well I have a 'friend' who's as dumb as Alison. I think she's real. Unless I've been hallucinating or something : -D.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Not everyone can be perfect. And Enid did bring in some great characters to make her books worth reading.
October 3, 2015 – Evie M says: That's true, Daisy. I think Carlotta and Claudine are both great characters, and Bobby.
Daisy says... Daisy says: I agree there, Evie.
October 4, 2015 – Paul says: Daisy: About Alison. I once said of the little girl in the sitcom "My Three Sons" that while I would not have wanted a perfect little blonde angel in a floral print dress and black leather shoes, the way Dodie Douglas was written as a selfish brat who thought the world revolved around her, was just as bad. Enid was in just such a Catch-22 situation with Alison.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I bet you'd love such a blonde...
October 4, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: But Evie your friend does know how to make tea and all that I'm guessing? And anyway, Alison is a boring person to talk about.
Buster says... Buster says: So let's move on then.
October 6, 2015 – Evie M says: In this day and age nobody cares if you can make tea though. And I haven't asked her! (and I'm not planning to lol).
Fatty says... Fatty says: I care!
October 7, 2015 – Evie M says: Yes but kids my age don't, Fatty.
February 18, 2017 – Avan Cooverji says: In the Enid Blyton's St. Clare's series, Claudine at St. Clare's is my favourite. The range of personalities depicted is vast, starting from the sensible O'Sullivan twins to the aristocratic and uppity Angela , the silly frivolous Alison , Pauline who tries to hide her poverty by pretending to be rich like Angela, and Eileen who is actually a sad person but lords it over the others by tale - telling in order to escape from her sad circumstances. Yet each have their good points like Eileen who shows great love for her brother and tries to shield him from their bossy mother, Alison also who is actually a kindhearted and sensitive girl. And Carlotta who is frank and fearless. Except for Angela , who is wholly selfish and proud like her mother, the other girls have a lot of good in them in spite of their weaknesses and failings. But Claudine surpasses all of them for she is funny, loyal, and sweet. This mix of girls in different situations and how they come out of it makes Claudine at St. Clare's a very interesting read and for me , the best among the St. Clare's series.
Fatty says... Fatty says: As a British newspaper one said about itself, "All human life is here."
March 16, 2017 – Avan N. Cooverji says: St. Clares gives a good all round education to girls. Equal emphasis is laid on formal studies and sports. Those who show special talent in art, drama or music are encouraged and guided to excel in them. But the reason I admire the ethics of the school is that the head Miss Theobald is a very sensible person who is ever willing to give a chance to those who may have gone on the wrong path or as they say ,off the rails, and then does try her best to bring them on track again instead of just giving up on them. Since she lays more stress on character building than only on academics, I would like to place my child in such a school if I could afford it and have the chance.

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