You might be a Joey-hater and a Dimsie-lover; perhaps you find Darrell excruciating and Jen delightful, but have you ever wondered which of them you most resemble? Discover your inner heroine today by answering these simple questions!
1. We’re often told that appearance isn’t important, but it’s worth thinking about. Are you…
a) Blessed with big brown eyes?
b) Black-haired, and you look jolly nice in your new school uniform?
c) Pale, thin, and fragile looking?
d) Yellow-haired with very blue eyes?
2. You’ve just arrived at your new school, uniform crisp, nightcase neatly packed and tuck-box full. How are you feeling?
a) Is it going to be like the stories? Is it? Is it?
b) A little warm feeling comes into your heart and you are glad the school is going to be your home for the next few years.
c) You want to do everything and be friends with everyone!
d) You’re looking forward to everything most frightfully, though you have to be brave too, as it’s your first time away from home.
3. There’s never a huge amount of free time at school, but when it does come along, how do you like to spend it?
a) In launching crusades against whatever kind of silliness is currently rife in the school.
b) In playing tennis and lacrosse as frequently as you’re allowed, or in perpetrating silly pranks.
c) Oh, you’ll do anything really – read, write, sing, dance, play games, climb mountains, rescue people – so long as there are plenty of friends to enjoy it with you.
d) In learning folk dancing and playing cricket – if only you could decide which you prefer!
4. What is your attitude towards the crush, or Grande Passion?
a) Unhealthy nonsense! Launch a society against it immediately.
b) Actually, you don’t really understand the question…
c) You’re profoundly uncomfortable with any kind of sentimentality and think it’s all a lot of rot.
d) You haven’t really thought about it. The fact that you and your best friend refer to one another as husband and wife is irrelevant.
5. You find out that someone is planning to cheat in a school exam. What do you do?
a) Cheating of any kind is a terrible sin and a crusade must be launched against it immediately.
b) Catch the cheat in the act in the middle of the night and physically attack her.
c) What tosh! No decent schoolgirl would do something like that.
d) Exams? What do you mean, exams?
6. So what do you feel that the future holds for you?
a) Marriage, a herb garden and a rather restrained two children.
b) Going to university and then becoming a writer.
c) Eleven children (plus wards) and a string of best-selling books.
d) Marrying a Title and producing eight children.
7. Most real heroines marry eventually. What is your dream man like?
a) A sensitive, gentle, war-wounded doctor.
b) Man? Gosh!
c) A solid lump of comfort (and a doctor).
d) Jolly, semi-invisible and titled.
8. And how, briefly, would you describe your own character?
a) Apparently cheeky but actually simply endearing, with a habit of launching crusades.
b) A frightfully jolly schoolgirl with a talent for writing.
c) A sensitive, highly-strung dreamer, a natural leader and eternal schoolgirl.
d) Jolly, yet also a fount of wisdom and a strong motherly instinct.
Now, add up how many As, Bs, Cs and Ds you scored, and check the results below to discover your inner heroine…
Mostly As – Dimsie Maitland (Dorita Fairlie Bruce)
‘Well!’ exclaimed Erica in a shocked voice, ‘I’ve always known you had plenty of cool cheek, Dimsie Maitland, but I never thought the day would come when I’d see you advising Miss Yorke as to who should be moved up and who shouldn’t. You’ll certainly be expelled one of these days!’ (Dimsie Moves Up)
Your youthful charm and habit of addressing even the headmistress as though she is a contemporary and equal carries you through many sticky situations. You are prepared to indulge in mischief so long as it isn’t deceitful in any way, and you have a heroic streak which can lead you into some unfortunate and dangerous situations.
Mostly Bs – Darrell Rivers (Enid Blyton)
The girls stared at Darrell, who shook back her black curls and gazed with clear eyes at Katherine. Why, they hadn’t needed to have a meeting at all! They hadn’t needed to judge Darrell and set her to make amends. She had judged herself and made amends herself. The girls looked at her with admiration and Mary-Lou could hardly keep still. What a wonderful person Darrell was, she thought! (First Term at Malory Towers)
You are intelligent, courageous and honest, but you also have a hot temper which you struggle to control. You throw yourself into school activities with enthusiasm and, while you don’t always get everything right, you learn from your mistakes and are a popular member of your form.
Mostly Cs – Joey Bettany (Elinor Brent-Dyer)
To make matters worse, Miss Maynard, the mathematics mistress, had brought back for Joey a copy of The Appalachian Nursery Song-Book, and Joey had sung them in season and out of season, till even the donor of the gift was beginning to regret that she had ever brought it. (Jo of the Chalet School)
Delicate and highly-strung, your impulsive behaviour continually gets you into trouble. You are a natural leader and your friendliness and liveliness means that you are well-liked throughout your school career. With a highly-developed imagination and a habit of acting without thinking, you are inclined to end up in more scrapes than you need to.
Mostly Ds – Jen Robins (Elsie Oxenham)
“She’s the only girl in a family of brothers, and they call her Jen at home. She won’t be dancing; you need to learn the dances, and Jen is so very new. But I shouldn’t wonder if she becomes a dancer quite soon; she’s made for it, and she’s light on her feet. Perhaps cricket will claim her, however; it’s too soon to say.” (Schooldays at the Abbey)
You’re a tomboy with a love of mischief and adventure, but you also have a deep love of beauty and the quiet, contemplative atmosphere of the Abbey ruins draws you strongly. You love making new discoveries, and this can sometimes lead you into unfortunate situations, but you are able to learn and grow through all your difficulties.