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This volume sees Bunter and Coker in the limelight, and had me laughing out loud many times. I particularly enjoyed the Prout vs Hacker passages, and Smithy's idea of using the punishment room as a hideout.
View 1 comment. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Frank Richards. Frank Richards. Pseudonym of author Charles Hamilton. Other books in the series. Billy Bunter Cassell 1 - 10 of 38 books. Books by Frank Richards. It is near the coast: the fishing village of Pegg is described as being within a mile 1. There are two other public schools nearby, Cliff House girls school and Highcliffe.
Farther away are the towns of Lantham and Wapshott.
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The school consists of seven forms, loosely based on age groups. Each form has its own Form Master, who takes the majority of the lessons. Specialist masters are used for French, sports and mathematics. Unusually, both in terms of real-life public schools and their fictional counterparts, Greyfriars School does not have a house system.
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In the early Magnet stories, this created a problem for the author in that inter-house rivalries are a useful source of plot conflicts in many fictional school stories. To compensate for this, Frank Richards created three separate forms of similar age groups at Greyfriars the Lower Fourth, the Fourth and the Upper Fourth as well as rival characters in the neighbouring Highcliffe School.
As the stories developed, the time would come when plot conflicts would arise naturally from the minutely detailed characters that were fleshed out over the years. The school is supervised by a Board of Governors, whose members include the buffoonish local landowner, Sir Hilton Popper, as well as Colonel Wharton and Major Cherry, both relatives of prominent characters in the Greyfriars Remove Lower Fourth form.
Boys spend most of the day in class, or in their spare time either in a common room, on the sports fields, or in shared studies; they sleep in shared dormitories. Breakfast and lunch are taken communally. A modest high tea in hall is also provided disparagingly known as "doorsteps and dishwater" , but most of the boys prefer to make their own arrangements in their studies, funds permitting.
While the masters naturally emphasise scholastic matters, for the pupils and readership it is physical activities that are at the heart of the school's ethos. Prowess at sports is the best route to popularity and respect, while over-attainment at study is something of lesser, if not negative, importance. Disputes are often settled by fights, with the invariable, if unrealistic, outcome that virtue triumphs over vice. Corporal punishment is widely used by the masters and by the Sixth Form prefects.
Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School
The ultimate punishment, short of expulsion, is a birching administered by the saintly headmaster, Dr Locke. Lesser punishments are lines copying out a hundred lines from a Latin text by the classical author Virgil , or for really serious infractions among the older forms a 'book' copying out a complete Latin text by Virgil, which might be up to lines. There is also a Punishment Room "Punny" which, in rare and particularly serious cases, may be used to keep an offender in solitary confinement for a number of days.
The Magnet . A light and distinctive prose style combines with a strong comedic element and a large ensemble of strongly-drawn characters. The exceptional volume of material produced by Hamilton over his writing career allowed both characters and locations to be developed in great depth. Observations of contemporary life and satire are found in Hamilton's work, and he frequently uses his characters as mouthpieces to make telling ironic points: . The old bounder's unemployed," said Bunter. Can't get a job. My opinion is they won't work.
I've heard my pater say so. I remember, last evening of the holidays, seeing my pater sitting in his armchair, sipping his port, and saying it was all due to slacking and drink. In particular, he had little respect for professions or pretensions, and politicians, lawyers and stockbrokers are regularly at the sharp end of his cynical prose. The style of the stories evolved over the years. For the first decade, the stories tended to be complete episodes.
This was also a development period in which the author established his style. During the s, the format gradually changed to serials; this was also a period of character development in which many of the large cast of characters were given their own storylines in turn. Many commentators agree that the "golden age" of Greyfriars stories was in the period to , when the standard of plotlines and mellow humour reached its peak; while after , the high standard of plot construction continued, but plots and themes were increasingly repeated. The key passage in his essay, which was to provoke a strong response from Hamilton, is reproduced below.
The year is , or , it is all the same. You are at Greyfriars. A rosy-cheeked boy of fourteen in posh tailor-made clothes is sitting down to tea in your study on the Remove passage, after an exciting game of football which was won by an odd goal in the last half-minute. There is a cosy fire in your study; outside the wind is whistling, the ivy clusters thickly round the old grey stone, the King is on his throne, and the pound is worth a pound.
Over in Europe the comic foreigners are jabbering and gesticulating; but the grim grey battleships of the British Fleet are steaming up the Channel, and at the outposts of Empire the monocled Englishmen are holding the niggers at bay. Lord Mauleverer has just got another fiver and we are settling down to a tremendous tea of sausages, sardines, crumpets, potted meat, jam and doughnuts.
After tea, we shall sit round the study fire having a good laugh at Billy Bunter and discussing the team for next week's match against Rookwood. I do remember the catch phrase - Ouch! You Rotters! That seems to have stuck unfortunately. How surprising so many of you who remember Billy Bunter didn't like him! Not that I did. I honestly don't remember much about him or his stories at all.
I was a bit too young to appreciate the nuances of the comic or the books but since my brother liked them I jumped on the bandwagon so to speak. I wonder how he survived so long if he wasn't popular. I just remember that he was a 'large' character with a great love for eating. But Snafu, I do remember that cry "Ouch, you rotters! I probably should look up more about him to find out why the comic wasn't liked.
But he did jump to mind as a good 'B' topic. Well, this was a fun post, Chris! And I must say I am quite happy to be too young to remember this! LOL Not by much though, I suspect. I wasn't around in the 30s or 40s, but I do remember Billy Bunter from the tv series. Wasn't he played by Gerald Campion?
Yeah, I miss those days when we didn't have to be so politically correct. We all did just fine on our own.
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