Am rediscovering Enid Blyton, thanks to an interesting story I read recently.
One of my favourite Famous Five books was the third in the series. The Five Run Away Together.
Just as I went through it, I came across a paragraph I had read so many times before.
It always made the others smile to hear the boatmen and fishermen call Georgina “Master George.” The local people all knew how badly she wanted to be a boy, and they knew, too, how plucky and straightforward she was, so they laughed to one another and said: “Well, they reckoned she behaved like a boy, and if she wanted to be called “Master George” instead of “Miss Georgina”, she deserved it!”
So Georgina was Master George, and enjoyed strutting about in her jeans and jersey on the beach, using her boat as well as any fisher-boy, and swimming faster than them all.
And I wondered whether this was gay influence that had steeped into her writing. Knowingly. Her books have suffered a lot in these politically-correct times and maybe that has skewed my thinking. Especially since the only other girl is often chastised for being too girly and liking dolls and playing house.
Incidentally I like this book because a large part of the book they are indeed ‘playing house’, living in a cave on Kirrin Island.