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Review:MargaretLane says:
Hmm, I like the sort of dreamy atmosphere you set up at the beginning of this story.

Considering the number of single-sex schools in this country, things could probably have got more confusing for your character. Or maybe it would have been less confusing, as teachers would be questioning whether they were a boy or a girl. I don't know.

*grins at growing up with Moore's melodies* I learnt rebel songs with my nursery rhymes and actually wrote about the poetry of Thomas Moore and Thomas Davis for my final year project at college.

One thing: it's more common to say "principal" than "headmaster" over here. I'd mainly hear "Headmaster" used by Protestant and maybe some paying schools.

Oh, you've written "my parents tell I about verbal bullying" when it should be "tell me."

This is ridiculously nitpicky, but cremation isn't that common in Ireland, though it is becoming more so. It is still unusual enough that burial would be taken for granted, though. Apparently, there are four crematoria in Ireland - three in Dublin and one in Cork. (This compares with over 200 in the UK, which has about 12 times our population Of course, Wicklow is fairly near Dublin and there is no reason your character COULDN'T be cremated, but it wouldn't exactly be the norm. Your characters do sound like the sort who might go for a less common option though.

I really like this story, well you could probably have guessed that. I am rather interested by these characters. I might take a look at your Enchanted Garden story sometime to find out a little more about Thackeray.

I particularly like the part where Thackeray talks about having read about magical wardrobes and so on.

Author's Response: Hello! :)

I'm glad you liked it! That was the sort of mood I was in while writing this so I'm pleased it came across.

That's an interesting point! I think I'll imagine Thackeray at a non-single-sex school, but I imagine being a fairly gender-neutral person would be tricky either way.

That's awesome! I'm glad you liked that mention - I've been studying the melodies in my class this year so they just had to make it into the story. I just wrote an essay featuring Moore's 'Oh blame not the bard" and Ferguson's "Thomas Davis: An Elegy" so it's quite funny you should mention them.

Thank you for letting me know about the principal and the cremation! I'll go and change that right away when I'm done responding to this. :) That's actually fascinating about how cremation is less popular, and I never would have assumed that. Here in Canada cremation is definitely the norm and burial is both really expensive and generally rare. I actually really like the idea of Swift not being cremated, but buried.

I'm happy you noticed the magical wardrobe reference and the books - I love tying in my favourite childhood books to stories.

Thank you so much for the lovely review! :)


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