Swallows and Amazons
Latitude and Longitude
Which foot, Roger?
The missing stretcher-bearer
AR Not a Railway Buff
Three million cheers
Dick's Fancy Dress
We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea
A prototype Bond?
Those Vanishing Sandwiches
Mangoes or Mangroves?
Where's that Dinghy?
Where's the totem?
Did he really make that?
A good sense of direction
The Big Six
Captain Flint's SOS
Mangoes or Mangroves?
Come off it, Peggy!
The Picts & The Martyrs
Only on the dust jacket
Nancy or Ruth?
Who's the figure?
Which way's the sun?
Captain Flint's Amnesia
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Amazons are stockier in build, have shorter necks and have no featherless patch around their eyes. Also, the rather long and drooping upper mandible and largish cere (the skin surrounding the nostrils) indicate that the illustrator used an African grey as a model.In other respects, however, AR passes muster: for example like most parrots Polly uses his left foot to grasp objects.
... Peter Duck's yarns ... about Pelorus Jack, the fish that used to pilot vessels into Sydney harbour, and had a law made in his own protection.Brad suggests that AR would have known the correct story but points out that Peter Duck had a couple of things wrong:
Nobody wanted to stay, and besides there were still the things to fetch up from Horseshoe Cove. Susan got out a bit of paper from Titty's box and Nancy wrote on it in big letters, "STOP HERE TILL WE COME BACK."and queried the use of the 'American' expression 'Howdy' in this context. There is, however, a second occurrence of 'Howdy' in Ransome which suggests a possible solution . In Pigeon Post chapter 28, Nancy is talking about Captain Flint:
"Where shall I put it so that they'll be sure to see it?"
"On the parrot's cage," said John. "Titty always says `Howdy' to him, even if she's only been away ten minutes."
Susan's hopes suddenly fell again. It was very unlike Titty to leave the parrot a moment longer than she could help.
"He may be back now. He may be just strolling up here today to say howdy and us without an ingot to show him."It is not at all surprising that James Turner, prospector and rolling stone, should have picked up the expression 'Howdy' in the course of his travels (in the Klondyke, perhaps, or in the dives of Valparaiso), nor that his niece should associate it with him. In that case, he might well have been in the habit of saying 'Howdy' to his parrot, particularly so if its previous owner had been an American, and it would have been natural for clever, sensitive Titty to continue to greet the parrot in a way that it would recognise.
"But how is it done?" asked Dick, and a yard or two further back in the tunnel the old man took Dick's finger and rubbed it along a narrow groove in the rock. "That's how," he said. "Yon's what's left of a boring. You bore a hole to take your cartridge. You bung him in, with a long fuse to him. You set a match to the fuse and leg it for the open. Eh, I need longer fuses these days than I did when I was a lad."Dick is evidently forgetting that he has already explained exactly the same point to Roger in Pigeon Post (Chapter III):
"Look," said Dick. "They must have blasted with gunpowder. You can see one side of the hole they bored for their charge." "Where?" said Roger. "Oh, yes. I see it," and he ran his finger along a smooth and narrow furrow in the rock.(After G. Andrews)
|On the dust jacket of The Picts and the Martyrs there is a thumbnail version of a drawing which does not appear in the book. Evidently prepared to illustrate chapter 15, it shows Dick and Dorothea taking delivery of Scarab, with the boat builder looking on and Nancy being masterful. On the right is Dan Ford's 'reconstruction' of the original illustration on the basis of the thumbnail.
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