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From: "Tig Thomas" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Having said all that, I do think Trease falls down horribly on the subject
> of girls.  I wince every time Bill makes some patronising comment about
> girls' fuss and chatter and flutter, and I think he treats Penny
> in Black Banner Abroad.  Trease's feminism must have come a long time
> his socialism, if at all.

I really enjoyed your comments, Tig.  Don't you think the attitude to girls
is due to the fact that the stories are narrated by a teenage boy in the
first person?  In other words that it is part of Trease's character
observation rather than an authorial view?!  I think the relationship is
really very equally handled in most of the historical books, which is a
quite difficult thing  for a writer of historical fiction given the actual
status of girls and women in most historical periods.  One of the most
interesting comments on women's roles is in Silver Guard, which was written
in 1948.  It's a sort of post-feminist feminist observation, as it were (by
which I mean the more recent trend towards reclaiming the worth of
traditional roles for women as well as arguing for women to be treated
equally in men's traditional spheres),  where the hero makes some slighting
comment about running a house and is torn apart by the heroine who points
out how complicated and skilled it is.

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