A Question about Madeline

Dom posted this question on his blog and it’s been bugging me too, so I’m reposting it here. I really hope one of my readers has an answer.

Quick question: In the �Madeline� books by Ludwig Bemelmans, is Miss Clavell a nun. Is that a habit she�s wearing? Or is it some kind of headmistress outfit worn by French boarding-school heads? And if it�s a nun, why is she �Miss� Clavell and not �Sister� Clavell?

These are the sorts of questions that pop up when you�re reading the stories for the umpteenth time.

Indeed.

And, don’t get me wrong, I love the books; but does the way the sentences are broken up bug anyone else? The rhythm is really quite odd, especially in the original book. Very hard to read aloud the first few times through until you decipher it.

 

 

 

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