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Third Year at Malory Towers is a children's novel by Enid Blyton set in an English girls' Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. Brief Summary by Julie Heginbotham: Darrell and her friends once more return to Malory Towers and are in their third year at North Tower. Three new girls turn. The series follows the heroine Darrell Rivers from her first year at Malory Towers to when she leaves. 3, Third Year at Malory Towers, Download · Details.

Goodbye, Bonnie! Ill write to you soon. Then they were off back to Malory Towers. The journey was a long one, and to Felicity, eager to be back with her friends, it seemed to go on forever. Mrs Rivers had packed a picnic lunch and they found a pleasant spot overlooking the sea to stop and eat, but Felicity was so excited, and so impatient to resume the journey, that she could only manage a couple of sandwiches.

They drove on for another hour, then the car rounded a bend in the road and Felicity cried, There it is Malory Towers! I can see it! Felicity felt a warm glow of pride as she looked at the school her school. Standing at the top of a cliff, Malory Towers was certainly a magnificent building, its four towers one at each corner making it look almost like a castle.

Mr Rivers drove on, along a steep, narrow road and through a big, open gateway into the grounds of the school, which was thronged with excited, chattering girls and groups of parents.

He had hardly brought the car to a stop before Felicity had the door open and was off, racing across the lawn. You havent got your night case. Felicity, come back! But it was no use. Felicity was now part of a group of laughing, gossiping third formers, all of them busy exchanging greetings and catching up on news. Look everyone, its Felicity! Did you have good hols? Hallo, Nora! Goodness, dont you look brown?

I say, isnt that Pam over there, with her people? Pam, come and join us! Have the train girls arrived yet? My word, isnt it super to be back? It certainly was super, thought Felicity happily, looking round at all her friends. There was the big, good-natured Pam, the scatterbrained but humorous Nora, and horse-mad Julie, who had brought her pony, Jack Horner, to school with her.

And now a slim girl, with short, light-brown hair and a turned-up nose, joined the third formers Felicitys best friend, Susan. She slipped her arm through Felicitys and said, Shall we take our health certificates to Matron and find our dormy?

Then perhaps well have time to go down and take a look at the pool before supper. Good idea, said Felicity. I say, where is my night case? Oh goodness, Ive left it in the car. And Id completely forgotten about Mother and Daddy! Wait here a moment, Susan, while I just go and say goodbye to them. With that, Felicity dashed off, back to where she had left her parents. Ah, so youve finally remembered us, said her father, a humorous twinkle in his eye as she raced over to them.

Sorry, Daddy, I was just so excited to see the others again, gabbled Felicity, her words tumbling out. Susans here, and Nora, and Julies back, and shes brought her pony, and We quite understand, dear, said Mrs Rivers, with a smile. Im just glad that you like life at school so much. Like it? I love it! Mrs Rivers hugged her back and said, Now, you will write once youve settled in, wont you?

Just to let us know how youre getting on. And well be over to see you at half-term, of course. Having finished her goodbyes, Felicity grabbed her night case, and she and her friends entered the North Tower and made their way to Matrons room. Each tower at the school was like a separate house, each with its own dormitories, dining-room and Matron, and the girls came together in the main building for lessons.

The girls from the different towers generally got along very well with each other, but there was a good deal of friendly rivalry, and every girl was intensely proud of her own tower, convinced that it was quite the best in the school.

There was a strange girl in Matrons room, handing over her health certificate, and the others looked at her curiously. She was striking, rather than pretty, with a long, aquiline nose, very straight, shiny fair hair and grey eyes, which were fringed with thick dark lashes that contrasted starkly with her pale hair. She would have been very attractive, but for her haughty, slightly disdainful expression. As though she has a bad smell under her nose, as Susan remarked later.

The third formers wondered who she was, but before their curiosity could be satisfied, Matron turned to greet them, saying with her beaming smile, Ah, more third formers! Well, girls, its very good to see you all back again and I hope none of you is going to give me any trouble this term.

I dont want any of you falling ill or having accidents.

And, above all no midnight feasts. As if we would, Matron, said Nora, with an innocent, wide-eyed look. Were going to be the best-behaved third form in the history of Malory Towers. Apart from June, perhaps, said Julie, with a laugh.

I say, where is June? Have you seen her yet, Matron? No, but Ive no doubt shell turn up, just like a bad penny, replied Matron wryly. Its a wonder she and her cousin, Alicia, havent turned my hair grey between them. Now, girls, let me have your health certificates and woe betide anyone who has forgotten hers!

But, fortunately, no one had, and as, one by one, the third formers gave them in to Matron, the new girl stood to one side, watching them, Felicity thought, rather as one might watch animals in a zoo.

When Matron had finished, she seemed to remember the girl, for she said, Ive a new girl here who will be joining your form, so you may as well take her with you and show her round a bit. She put her hand on the girls arm and drew her forward.

This is Amy Ryder-Cochrane. Pam, who had been head of the form last term, took the lead and said in her friendly way, Pleased to meet you, Amy. Hallo, Amy, chorused the third formers. Welcome to Malory Towers. The girl inclined her head in a way that was almost regal, and Felicity had to stop herself giggling. She didnt much like the look of Amy, but was determined to give her a chance.

Being the new girl in a form where all the others had known each other for a while must be quite daunting, and perhaps Amy was just a little shy. So she smiled at the girl and said, If you come with us, well show you to your dormy. Matron, are we all in together? Matron picked a piece of paper up from her desk and said, Yes, youre all in dormitory number nine, along with June, another new girl called Winifred Holmes and Veronica Sharpe.

Then she moved away to greet two second formers, while the third formers looked at one another in dismay, and Nora gave a groan. Veronica Sharpe! Dont say that she is staying on in the third for another term! She must be, if shes sharing our dormy, said Susan gloomily. Rotten luck for us. Now, thats enough, girls! Off you go now to unpack your things and make sure that you put everything away tidily.

Yes, Matron, chorused the girls, and they trooped out obediently, taking their night cases with them. I expect you must find all this rather strange, Amy, said Susan kindly, as they made their way upstairs. But dont worry, youll soon settle in. Have you been to boarding school before? Of course, answered Amy in rather an affected tone. I went to Highcliffe Hall, and it was simply first-class. One of the best schools in the country, and frightfully exclusive.

The listening third formers, who thought that there was no better school in the country than their own beloved Malory Towers, raised their eyebrows at this and, pushing open the door of the dormitory, Felicity said coolly, If its so marvellous, what made you leave and come here? Amy thought quickly.

She couldnt tell the truth, of course which was that her father had decided that she had become far too conceited and stuck-up for her own good since she started at Highcliffe Hall! And that the only way to bring her down to earth was for her to attend a good, sensible school, whose pupils learned the things that mattered.

Instead she said, Oh, the school was so far away from my home that it was difficult for Mummy and Daddy to visit at half-term. Malory Towers is much nearer for them, so I suppose thats one advantage it has over my old school, anyway. Amy followed the others into the dormitory as she spoke and looked round, wrinkling her nose in distaste. Goodness, its awfully cramped in here, she complained, putting her night case on one of the beds. At Highcliffe there were only four girls to a dormitory, so we had plenty of space to put our things.

And I dont think much of the way this room has been decorated. And the girls didnt think much of Amy! They wanted to like her, and to make her feel welcome at Malory Towers, but, really, she was making it terribly difficult. Didnt she realise that it simply wasnt done for a new girl to criticise everything like this? Well, Im sorry if our standards dont match up to those of Highcliffe Hall, Felicity spoke up, looking coldly at the new girl.

But I, for one, think its a very nice room! Hear, hear! And indeed it was a very nice dormitory. Despite Amys scornful words, there was plenty of room for all the girls. Each one had a little cabinet beside her bed, in which she could keep all her personal belongings, as well as a small wardrobe.

The beds had pretty green, floral patterned bedspreads, which matched the curtains at the big window, from where there was a splendid view of the beautiful gardens. One of the beds already had a pair of slippers placed neatly beside it, and there was a book on top of the little cabinet. The girls guessed that they belonged to Veronica, and wondered where she was. How I hate unpacking, sighed Nora, opening her night case. Thank goodness our trunks arent brought up until tomorrow, because I simply couldnt face having to put everything away tidily on my first day back.

A frown crossed Amys haughty little face as she said, Dont tell me that we actually have to unpack our trunks ourselves? Why, at Highcliffe Hall each dormitory had a maid, who did all our unpacking, and looked after our clothes, and made our beds. Pam, who was bending over her night case, looked up and said, Well, Im afraid there are no maids to unpack for you here, Amy.

We have to do everything ourselves. Thats right, said Nora, nodding solemnly. Its a hard life, but youll soon get used to it. The dressing-bell goes at five oclock sharp, and after weve washed in cold water, of course we must sweep the floor and make sure that everything is spick and span in here. The girls had to force down a laugh as they watched poor Amy, who looked as if she was about to faint! Then Felicity, with a very serious expression indeed, went on, After that, Matron comes in to do her inspection, and if everything isnt exactly right its bread and water for breakfast.

If were lucky! This was too much for Nora, who gave one of her explosive snorts of laughter and Amy, realising at last that she was being teased, flushed bright red and glared furiously at the third formers.

But she had no time to retort, for the door was pushed open, and a girl with wicked, narrow dark eyes and a cheeky expression burst in. June was back! New friends and an old enemy At once a perfect hubbub broke out, and the newcomer found herself surrounded.

June might be stubborn, outspoken and malicious, but she also had the kind of daring and boldness that the others envied and that, along with her talent for playing the most amazing tricks and a wicked sense of humour, meant that she was extremely popular.

June, youre back! How marvellous! Did you come on the train? We wondered where you were. Hope youve brought plenty of jokes and tricks with you. June grinned. You bet I have! And Ive brought something else too a new member of the third form. She stood aside and, for the first time, the girls realised that someone had entered the room behind her.

The new girl had a short, boyish cap of pale hair, laughing blue eyes and a friendly, open face. The girls liked the look of her at once, and thought how different she was from Amy when she grinned round and said, Hallo everyone, Im Freddie Holmes. June has been telling me all about Malory Towers, and I simply cant tell you how happy I am to be here.

Oh, do you two know one another, then? We met on the train, said June, slipping her arm through Freddies. Miss Peters was there, too, and, knowing what a kind soul I am, asked me to take Freddie under my wing. Felicity looked sharply at June, knowing that at times she could be extremely unkind. But there was no trace of malice in the girls expression now.

She looked happy to be back at Malory Towers, and happy to have made a new friend. Amy, meanwhile, had been very much in the background and she wasnt happy about it! She wasnt the slightest bit interested in June and Freddie or any of the others, for that matter. But she did like being the centre of attention, and didnt at all care to be ignored like this.

She hadnt wanted to come to this stupid school, but as she was stuck with it, she meant to make everyone sit up and take notice. At Highcliffe Hall everyone had admired Amys aristocratic looks, envied her expensive possessions and hung on her every word as she boasted about her wealthy, well-connected family.

And she had thrived on their admiration and envy, for these things were extremely important to her. Although the Malory Towers girls seemed much more sensible and down-to-earth than those at Highcliffe Hall, Amy had no doubt at all that she would soon become a source of great admiration to them, too. Eager to take centre stage, she opened her night case and, with much groaning and sighing, began pulling things out and tossing them on to her bed.

If she made enough fuss, perhaps one of the others would offer to unpack her trunk when it was brought up tomorrow! She gave a particularly loud sigh and June, who was extremely shrewd and very good at sizing people up, stared at her and said in an amused voice, And who have we here?

Another new girl.

Im afraid Amy is having a little trouble adjusting to our ways, put in Susan, giving June a meaningful look. Her old school was very exclusive, you see. One of the best in the country, so she tells us. Dear me, said June smoothly, walking over to Amy. What a come-down for you having to rough it with us at Malory Towers. Amy looked at June suspiciously. Was she being sarcastic?

The others were in no doubt at all, and waited with bated breath for the new girl to feel the full force of Junes sharp tongue. But kindhearted Pam didnt feel that it was fair to give Amy too hard a time on her first day, and stepped forward, asking, Have we time to show Amy and Freddie round a bit before tea?

Susan looked at her watch and answered, There isnt time to show them everything, but perhaps we can take a quick look at the swimming-pool. And the stables, put in Julie. I must see how Jack has settled in. Jack is Julies pony, explained Felicity. His full name is Jack Horner, but his friends call him Jack. A pony at school! My word, how super. Im simply dying to see him, and the swimming-pool, andoh, everything! Well, buck up and get your night case unpacked, said Felicity.

You too, June, otherwise we shant have time to show the new girls round at all. The two latecomers quickly unpacked, then June noticed that there were two spare beds. Someone seems to be missing, she said. Well, there are normally ten to a dormitory, but there are only nine of us this year, said Felicity.

Thats why theres a spare bed. But there are only eight of us here, said June. Then she pointed towards the bed with the slippers beside it and asked, Whos sleeping there? Oh, of course, you wont have heard, June, said Pam. Were to have the pleasure of Veronica Sharpes company this term. How lovely for us, said June, pulling a face. Just what we need in the third form a sly, spiteful little snob. I know that none of the old third formers could stand her.

You had better watch your step, Felicity, said Julie, with a frown. Do you remember how your sister, Darrell, caught her snooping around in the sixths common-room last term? Yes, I remember, said Felicity, with a grin. Darrell made her write an essay on respecting ones elders, and got her to read it out to the whole of the sixth form. But I dont see what thats got to do with me!

Well, Veronica was simply furious with Darrell, but was too much of a coward to try and get back at her, said Julie. And if shes still holding a grudge, she might try to take it out on you. Well, if she tries any of her mean tricks on Felicity, shell have the whole of the third form to deal with, said Susan loyally.

She certainly will, agreed Pam. But come on, lets not waste any more of our time discussing Veronica. Well take a look in at our new common-room, then go down to the swimming-pool. And, chattering at the top of their voices, the girls left the dormitory and made their way downstairs. As their voices faded away, the door of the bathroom at the end of the dormitory opened and someone stepped out Veronica Sharpe!

Veronica hadnt meant to listen in on the others at first. She had just finished washing her hands in the bathroom when she had heard the third formers enter, and she fully intended to make her presence known and say hallo to them. Then she had overheard Amys remarks and been most impressed by how grand the new girl sounded.

Wouldnt it be fine to have a girl like that for a friend, she thought someone right out of the top drawer! As she listened, it quickly became clear that the others werent impressed by Amy at all and that suited Veronica just fine, for it meant that she would have no competition. Veronica had always found it difficult to make friends at school, but she couldnt see that it was due to her own sly, rather spiteful nature.

She preferred to tell herself that none of the girls at Malory Towers were good enough to become her friend. But now, here was someone who was good enough. She took a step towards the door, then stopped suddenly, as a thought occurred to her.

If she joined the others now they would know that she had overheard them, and would realise that she was only trying to befriend Amy because she was grand and wealthy. No, better to stay hidden for the time being. Veronica decided that she would go all out to win Amy over at teatime, then nobody could accuse her of wanting to be friends with the new girl for the wrong reasons. Pleased with herself, the girl tiptoed across to the bathroom door, listening for all she was worth.

A sneer crossed her face when she heard the others greet that horrid June. How Veronica disliked that girl and how she would love to take her down a peg or two! Well, when Miss Peters announced that she was to be head-girl of the third form tomorrow, she would do exactly that!

Veronica almost shivered with excitement at the thought. She was sure to be head-girl, for she had been in the third form for one term already and wouldnt she enjoy lording it over the others! And she was going to have the richest girl in the form for her friend. The term was really getting off to a good start. Then Veronica heard her own name mentioned, and pressed her ear even closer to the door.

The smug smile slid from her face as she heard what the others thought of her. Sly, sneaky, spiteful and a coward. Tears of anger and self-pity sprang to her eyes and she turned red with humiliation. The mean beasts! Not for a moment did it occur to Veronica that it was her own behaviour in the past that had made the third formers despise her. Nor did it cross her mind that the girls were only speaking the truth. She did still bear a grudge against that high and mighty Darrell Rivers, and had spent many pleasant hours during the holidays thinking up ways to get back at her through her younger sister.

The third formers scornful words might have made another girl stop and think, and perhaps decide to change her ways. But Veronica only felt even more determined to get back at Felicity for her disgrace last term. Part of her wanted to storm out of the bathroom and confront the third formers. But that would only end in Veronica feeling even more humiliated, for then they would know that she had been eavesdropping. And what would Amy think of her then?

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No, she needed to keep a cool head and not act rashly. It was a relief when she heard the others leave, and could emerge from her hiding place. With the dormitory all to herself, Veronica was quite unable to resist the urge to do a little snooping. That must be Felicitys bed, over by the window, for there was a framed photograph on the cabinet of Felicity, Darrell and their parents. The family looked very happy, all of them smiling widely, but Veronica felt very sour indeed as she picked it up, fighting an impulse to throw it to the ground and smash it.

But that would be a mistake, for the others would instantly suspect her. This was typical of Veronica, who only saw things as they affected her. She didnt think that it would be wrong to destroy another girls belongings merely that it would be a shame if she was caught out!

Carefully she replaced the photograph and walked over to the bed next to hers, wondering who the occupant was. A bottle of expensive French perfume stood on the cabinet and a very pretty pink dressing-gown had been placed, folded very carefully, on the bed. Veronica ran her hand over it, thrilled to discover that it felt like real silk. This must be Amys bed, for surely no other third former would have such exquisite belongings. What a bit of luck that the new girl had chosen the bed next to hers!

Instantly, Veronicas ill humour disappeared. There would be plenty of time for her to teach Felicity a lesson after all, she had the whole term ahead of her. For now she meant to concentrate on making a friend of Amy. The rest of the third form, meanwhile, were happily showing off their school to the new girls.

It was a real pleasure, thought Felicity, to show Freddie round. The new girl seemed genuinely thrilled to be at Malory Towers, and exclaimed with delight at everything, reminding Felicity very much of the way she had felt on her first day.

Amy, however, turned her rather large nose up at everything. Dont we have our own studies here? We did at Highcliffe Hall, and we were allowed to decorate them just as we pleased.

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Youll have to make do with a common-room now, Amy, said June. Im sure youll think that it suits the rest of us down to the ground a common-room for common girls! The others laughed, but Amy scowled and turned away. At the stables, Freddie went into ecstasies over Jack, making a great fuss of him and begging Julie to let her ride him one day. But Amy refused to go near him, complaining that the smell of the stables made her feel sick. When they reached the pool, Freddies eyes lit up and she exclaimed, Oh, how lovely it looks!

So inviting! I could dive in right now. Well, I shouldnt dive in with your clothes on, Freddie, laughed Nora. Or youll get into a row with Matron. But the weather is still quite warm for September, so you may get the chance to go for a dip later in the week. The Malory Towers girls were very proud of their beautiful, natural swimming-pool, which was hollowed out of rocks and filled by the sea as the tide ebbed and flowed.

Amy, though, barely glanced at it, merely remarking haughtily, We had a magnificent indoor pool at Highcliffe Hall. It was heated, which meant that we could swim in the winter months too. Even good-natured Pam became exasperated with her, and muttered crossly to Felicity and June, Shell be going for a swim sooner than she thinks, if she doesnt shut up. Im just itching to shove her in! Be patient, Pam, laughed June. Ive one or two tricks up my sleeve and it wont be too long before dear Amy learns that pride comes before a fall!

As the third formers walked back to North Tower, they spotted two sixth formers coming towards them, and Susan said, Look, its Kay Foster, the new Head Girl. And Amanda! Amanda Chartelow had been in the sixth form with Darrell last term. She had been a superb sportswoman, but had annoyed many of the girls with her arrogance and superior attitude. But poor Amanda had learned a hard lesson when she broke the rules of the school and went swimming in the sea.

The strong current had thrown her on to the rocks, and it was thanks to June that she hadnt drowned. Sadly, though, Amandas injuries had put paid to her hopes of representing her country in the Olympic Games, or of taking part in any sport at all for a while, and the girl had gone through a very bad time indeed. It would have been very easy for her to have moped about, or become bitter, but Amanda had proved to everyone that her character was as strong as her body.

Almost overnight, she had lost her arrogance, thrown herself into coaching the younger girls, and had made up her mind that, if she couldnt pursue a career as a sportswoman, she would train as a Games Mistress. Amanda had become a much nicer person and the girls, who had once disliked her so heartily, now admired and looked up to her. And they were very pleased to see that the slight limp, which had been a result of her injuries, now seemed to have disappeared.

Amanda greeted the third formers cheerily, then gave them some news which delighted them. Miss Grayling has made me games captain. So I hope all you youngsters are going to work hard for me, for I shall be a real tyrant! But there was a broad grin on Amandas face, and the third formers knew that she would never be a tyrant again.

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Oh, Amanda, that is good news! I must write and tell Darrell. Shell be absolutely thrilled for you. Hows the leg? She, more than anyone, had clashed with the old Amanda. But Junes act of bravery in saving her life had created a bond between them, and now they had a great mutual respect for one another. Getting better, said Amanda. My parents made sure that I spent the holidays resting and, although it nearly drove me mad at the time, it really has done me good.

I still shant be playing any sport for a bit, but the doctor says that there has been no permanent damage. Anyway, thats quite enough about me I suppose youve all heard that Kay here is the new Head Girl? Yes, and Im going to have a jolly hard time living up to the previous one, said Kay, with a laugh.

She was a tall, dark girl with warm brown eyes, a humorous face and a friendly manner. The younger girls liked her enormously and felt certain that she would be a worthy successor to Darrell. As the third formers went on their way, Susan said to Felicity, Well, I think Miss Grayling has made two jolly good choices there. I wonder who will be head of the form?

I expect well find out tomorrow, said Felicity. I wouldnt be surprised if it was you, Susan. Her friend laughed. Thats funny, I was just about to say exactly the same about you. I dont think Miss Peters will choose me, said Felicity, feeling pleased that Susan thought she would make a good head girl, but quite certain that she wouldnt be in the running.

I can be so indecisive sometimes and I dont know if I would be strong enough to keep people like June in order.

Even the mistresses have a hard time keeping June in order! I say, perhaps they will make her head of the form! Theres no doubt that she would make a strong leader. But she would lead us all into trouble! Then she gave a sigh. I expect it will be Veronica. After all, she has already been in the third for a term. Id forgotten all about Veronica! Blow, we shall have a miserable time of it if shes head of the form.

The first night A most delicious supper had been laid out in the dining-room. Each of the long tables was set with big plates of cold meat, bowls of salad and delicious, buttery potatoes baked in their jackets. There was the most scrumptious-looking fruit salad with cream for afters and, as the girls entered, their eyes lit up. Two people were already seated at the third-form table.

One was Mamzelle Dupont, one of the schools two French mistresses, and the other was Veronica Sharpe. The girls eyed her a little warily, but Veronica eager to make a good impression on Amy was on her best behaviour and greeted them with a cheery Hallo and a wide smile. The third formers looked surprised but thinking that perhaps the girl had decided to turn over a new leaf, and determined to give her a chance smiled back.

Veronica glanced at the two new girls, noting that one of them was laughing and joking with June. That must be Freddie, so the girl with the straight, shiny hair and rather aloof expression must be Amy.

She was standing slightly apart from the others and, although she would never have admitted it, feeling a little lost as they all seated themselves. So when Veronica touched her arm and said in a friendly way, You must be new.

Why dont you have the seat next to mine?

Ah, welcome back mes petites! I see that we have some new girls, also. The good Miss Potts told me to expect you, went on Mamzelle. And she told me your names. I know that one of you is called Winifred, and that Its Freddie, Mamzelle, not Winifred, June corrected her, helping herself to a jacket potato. Always you interrupt, June, said Mamzelle, looking put out. And I know that you are pulling my foot, for Freddie is a boys name. You mean pulling your leg, Mamzelle, said June, with a grin, as the others giggled.

But Im not, honestly. She really is called Freddie arent you, Freddie? Freddie nodded. Its true, Mamzelle. People only call me Winifred if Im in trouble. It seemed very odd to Mamzelle that this girl should want to be known by a boys name, but she had been teaching at Malory Towers long enough to know that English girls could be very eccentric indeed.

So she accepted this with a shrug and said, Ah well, I should not like you to think that you were in trouble, so I shall call you Freddie.

And you, ma chre. She turned to Amy, with a smile. You have an unusual name too, have you not? Not really, Mamzelle, answered the girl, looking puzzled.

My name is Amy. Ah yes, but your surname, he is unusual, said Mamzelle. Miss Potts told me.

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Now, what was it again? Something from one of your English nursery rhymes. Mamzelle frowned as she tried to remember, while the third formers looked perplexedly at one another and Amy said, But my surname has nothing to do with a nursery rhyme. Its Ryder Ah yes, I have it! It is Ryder-Cockhorse! The third formers simply roared with laughter at this.

All except Amy, of course, who couldnt bear to be made fun of, even unwittingly, and flushed angrily. Even sourpuss Veronica had to hide a smile, but hide it she did, as she certainly didnt want Amy to think that she was laughing at her. To see a fine lady on a white horse, murmured June, once the laughter had died down. Only Amy would never ride a white horse, because she wouldnt be able to stand the smell.

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Of course, this made the third-form table erupt again, the girls laughter so noisy that Miss Potts, at the head of the first-form table, glared across at them, and Felicity said, Wed better keep the noise down. Potty looks annoyed. Miss Potts, explained June, seeing that the two new girls looked puzzled. Shes the head of North Tower. Quite a decent sort, but she doesnt stand any nonsense. Thats her, over at the firstform table.

Freddie glanced across and caught the beady eye of a rather stern-looking mistress, and looked away again hastily. No, Freddie decided, she definitely wouldnt like to get on the wrong side of Miss Potts! And over there, said June, nodding towards the fourth forms table, is Mamzelle Rougier, the other French mistress. Because of this device, we are given Darrell's impressions of Zerelda before anyone else.

We learn that she is 'tall and willowy' and that she looks a good deal older than her age. She appears sophisticated and Darrell feels shy of her. At the school her appearance causes a sensation and snobby Gwendoline immediately attaches herself to her. Zerelda, however, is initially put into a higher form and for a time it looks like we will not see much of her.

This allows the book to concentrate on the other new girl, Wilhelmina last name? Wilhelmina is a tomboy in the George Kirrin mould and immediately asks to be known as Bill. The form mistress for this term is Miss Peters, a hearty and rather masculine character who is fond of horses and outdoor life. She and Bill collide from the first due to Bill's inattention in class and her complete inability to pay attention to anything other than her beloved horse, Thunder.

Matters come to a head when Miss Peters learns that Bill has disobeyed her command not to see Thunder as punishment for her inattention in class and Bill is told that Thunder is to be sent home.

Elsewhere, attention is once more focused on Zerelda who due to her low standard of work is moved down to the third form from the fourth. This allows her friendship with Gwendoline to develop and Gwen encourages Zerelda in her belief that she is 'wunnerful' at acting. The showdown comes during a drama class when Zerelda is humiliated by the teacher and told that she cannot act. She decides that the best thing to be in life is, after all, an ordinary school girl and settles down towards the end of the term.From this, she selected a pretty charm bracelet.

It's called a linishing school, and is very very select. Its going to be jolly hard work as well, young Felicity, so theres no need to sound quite so envious. There is horse-mad Bill Robinson, whose real name is Wilhelmina, who is so attached to her fierce horse Thunder that she daydreams in lessons. Amy looked at June suspiciously. But, fortunately, no one had, and as, one by one, the third formers gave them in to Matron, the new girl stood to one side, watching them, Felicity thought, rather as one might watch animals in a zoo.

Good morning, girls, she said crisply, setting the pile of books she carried down on the desk. She's always going ior my legs.