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Help wanted

March 7th, 2008 (03:29 pm)

On my friends list can be found calliope85, who has a biographical query about Peter Wimsey's prep school. I thought that the Wimseyites on my list who are not on hers might be able to help.

I've finally got back into Duke Humfrey's Library today, and found that getting out has banished the headache which has hung around for the last two days. Except now I've written about it, it's coming back. However, getting out of the flat does make me feel as if I'm working, and I think I waste less time online.

ETA It looks like the query has been answered, but I thought it might interest some people.

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Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: March 7th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)

And the answer is ... ?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 7th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)

- that no prep school seems to have been identified.

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: March 7th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)

I thought so. I will check my own bookshelves tonight.

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: March 7th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)

No, I can't find anything either.

He could have been educated at home ... ?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 8th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
Students

Thanks. I think that the educated at home option might make sense, considering the intimations of trauma in his early life at Eton.

Posted by: nineveh_uk (nineveh_uk)
Posted at: March 18th, 2008 11:26 am (UTC)
Strong Poison

Erm, rather late to this, coming via LJ surfing, but LPW definitely attended prep school – he refers in “Talboys” to having put a grass snake in a master’s bed during his time there. Though he did also have a French governess at one point.

[ETA: My own interpretation of the unhappy at Eton business was that he did fine at prep school, more or less, where even the older boys weren't that old, and then arrived at Eton and was expected to play rugby, didn't like it, and made this very clear...]


Edited at 2008-03-18 11:29 am (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 18th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
arthurelaineletr

Thanks - I've forwarded the information to calliope85.

Very noir-ish icon, btw...

Posted by: nineveh_uk (nineveh_uk)
Posted at: March 19th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)

Very noir-ish icon, btw...

The full picture is even better!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 20th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)

I see what you mean...

Posted by: calliope85 (calliope85)
Posted at: March 19th, 2008 11:40 am (UTC)

Thanks very much for the info! It's been years since I last read Talboys, and I had completely forgotten that comment. And I was rather hoping that Peter had been to prep school (for plot related purposes), so this suits me perfectly ^_^

Posted by: nineveh_uk (nineveh_uk)
Posted at: March 19th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
Placet

Pure self-interest, I assure you. The world needs more Wimseyfic, so I'm especially glad the answer is the right one.