Ballet Shoes (was RE: DWJ sans frontiers)

deborah deborah.dwj at
Mon Jun 13 10:19:27 EDT 2005

On Sun, 12 Jun 2005 minnow at wrote:
|It's clear that "servant" or not, Nana is the matriarch, and
|it is her decision on matters that is the final word, really.

I like the ambiguity of language you point out -- that's nice.  Though
the servant ruling the household is nothing Streatfield doesn't use
consistently. Hannah in Dancing Shoes before grandfather dies,
Peaseblossom from Movie Shoes, Annie from Tennis Shoes. (Sorry, I only
know the "Shoes" titles, not the original titles.)

Minnow, you also remind me of the parallel with Peter Pan's Nana.  Nana
is so smart and loyal for a dog, and Streatfield books have wenough of
an underlying wicked sense of humor, that I can't help seeing that
connection as well.

-Petrova.  er, Deborah
There's not a liberal America and a conservative America-there's the
United States of America. ...  There are patriots who opposed the war in
Iraq and patriots who supported it. We are one people, all of us
pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the
United States of America.
	-- Barakh Obama

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