Watching for Detail

I started flipping through Melody to see if I could catch where Ornshaw’s first name is allegedly used. The bandmaster looks at Daniel’s uniform and says something I can’t distinguish when addressing Ornshaw. I took it to be “look a’ this Ornshaw,” but it almost could be “Thomas Ornshaw,” addressing him by full, proper name. I just don’t know.

Letting the movie play on and passing through parts of it, I happened to catch a detail in Melody’s first scene that had me confused before. It appears more than once that the room at the end of the hall is hers, but when she goes and swipes clothing out of a wardrobe to trade for the goldfish, it’s obviously not hers. I had apparently not watched closely enough before. She turns left before her room, going through a different door to get to the wardrobe.

Funny thing is, stealing a dress or whatever of her mother’s is just as naughty as Daniel setting fire to his father’s newspaper, so the introductory scenes are really showing us how bad the kids both can be, and that they are very much kids.

Not from this look, but I had noticed that Dicks seemed to be something like the assistant headmaster, not just a teacher. You see this in the assembly, when the headmaster wants quiet and Dicks gets it. Then I thought about the punishment being 3:30 “in the bursary.” Bursary? The office of a bursar. Bursar? Treasurer or business manager of a school. So yes, he has a role more than that of a teacher, up under the headmaster. It could certainly include being, in effect, assistant headmaster.

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