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nineveh_uk
16 August 2013 @ 09:58 am
From the back of the Puffin paperback of Attic Term (Antonia Forest):

One illicit telephone call to her boyfriend leads Ginty Marlow into deep waters.

Soon she is deceiving her friends so that she can make regular calls from the secretary’s office. But one night her rule-breaking gets her more than she bargained for.


It’s not that it isn’t a fair summary of the plot, but it doesn’t half make it sound didactic.* It also called to mind this exchange from Buffy**

Buffy: I told one lie, I had one drink.
Giles: Yes, and you were very nearly devoured by a giant demon snake. The words "let that be a lesson" are a tad redundant at this juncture.

So which Marlow sister would make the best slayer?

*Which it is and more so – the Evil is Done with Nicola’s first telephone call, or rather the request for Nicola’s first telephone call - but there is quite a bit more to it than that, even if some of that is “don’t break school rules about shopping or you might inadvertently get involved in drug trafficking”.

**Reptile Boy. Not one of the better episodes, but worth it for those lines.