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Swallows and Amazons

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

A tale of summer childhood adventures.  

Consisting of four children, the youngest seven, sailing out to an island and camping there without adult supervision.  They meet other children (their boat is the Swallow, and the others' the Amazon, hence the title) , sail about playing explorer, and stumble onto some moments of high drama.  Involves charcoal burners, toffee, a parrot, being at war, using lanterns, cooking scrambled eggs over the fire, having an odd birthday party, and more.

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ext_1641287
Jun. 10th, 2017 08:21 pm (UTC)
The youngest boy has been begging to join in the unsupervised boating. The mother has unbent enough to send to the father (off in the navy) to ask his opinion. The book starts with his reply telegram:

"Better drowned than duffers. If not duffers won't drown."

Which I take to mean, "If he drowns, he's no son of mine."

The kid is delighted.
marycatelli
Jun. 10th, 2017 11:26 pm (UTC)
The telegram was for permission for them all. As John observes, it means if they drown, it's no real loss.

Susan observes that he put in the second part to reassure their mother.

The fun part is that Rob is still learning to swim at that point.
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