Fascinating story about that tradition. You were right
about the effect. I remember how the class became a
bit more quiet, when you strode in without saying a
word. You looked stern, but, of course, we soon found
out that you were anything but - your open,
approachable personality quickly became evident.
[I suspect that the stern look, was simply a byproduct
of an early morning class, after a whole summer of
waking up - whenever!]
Charlton Heston. That was my first impression, when I
saw your profile, as you waited for the class to become
silent. A resemblance which came to mind, since
MIDWAY had been in movie theatres just 6 years before.
Jane Carton...besides RB, my favorite character in your
book. She was a bit of a flirt, but I sense that beneath
this casual demeanour was a sensitive, intuitive woman.
I'm sure that RB enjoyed her letters, BUT - I noticed
that you did not include any of his responses! [I hope they did not end up among the trees near UNB!] I heard her voice...on the internet...Jane Carton's. I wanted to learn more about this very charming woman, so I went looking. Maybe you know that her kids spent the war years in Ottawa. Just google the following, using quotation marks: "60 Going On 16: Polly Carton's Garland"