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I've acquired an interesting bunch of year five children since SATs finished. I won't elaborate on the reasons they've been selected but they are bright and lively and eager to learn about all sorts of things. My decrepit Guardian poster of Dickens's heroes and villains sparked a wild discussion; Fagin; hero or villain? Miss Havisham; cries of horror and only me to put forward the sympathetic viewpoint.
And then they asked 'who's he?'
Sydney Carton!!
I just said he was in a story about the French Revolution and was very brave and sad. Honestly I wasn't going to go on. Then Lillian (boy not girl, French speaking, Ivoirien) said 'I know lots about the French Revolution'. Not as much as me, I thought, immodestly, but kept my mouth shut because that's my job. Lillian went on 'Yes he was very very unlucky, a man recognised him from his picture on a coin when he was trying to escape'.
Well, when I picked myself up off the floor, I suggested that maybe it could have been a stamp but that Louis was certainly caught in that way and Lillian, who by now had the attention of the entire group told them that the royal family deserved everything they got because the people were starving and explained that he had been to a museum in France all about it. He's going to check the name with his mum ~ now if I can only persuade him that kangaroos are not violent ~ but that's another story.
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vorrago
Jul. 16th, 2014 01:26 am (UTC)
THAT IS AWESOME. This Lillian seems to have a good deal better judgment than quite a lot of the public/"historians"
simone_remy
Jul. 18th, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
It's funny isn't it ~ I suppose a colonial background helps and he's definitely an original thinker!
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