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The Seven make the cave cosy with cushions, bottles of drinks, two syphons of soda – and Colin's set of Famous Five books. But curiously, they discover their trap is not being disturbed and yet their items are still going missing, so the Seven became quite puzzled. This adventure takes the Seven across the countryside, hunting out various scarecrows, only to find that the very one they want is standing in Peter's own field.
Thinking the mystery is now unsolved, the Seven decide to go back to the quarry to hunt around for a torch that Jack had left behind, but who do they find in the quarry but Susie and her friend Jeff. This is another good story for the younger reader to enjoy, and as in most of the Seven books, they always call upon Peter's father for help towards the end of the story. Enid Blyton was posthumously awarded the first Enid Blyton Award for Lifetime Contribution to Children. Multi-award-winning Tony Ross has become one of the best-known creators of original and traditional picture books and his work has been published all over the world. Tony Ross has won a number of awards for illustration, including the Dutch Silver Paintbrush Award for the best illustrations by a foreign artist. Seven For A Secret has already earned praise, including starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and Book List. Best-selling author (Gone Girl) Gillian Flynn has called Faye’s books “a series for the ages.
Given that we are seated in a cozy coffee house, in the literary capital of the world discussing Faye’s just-released third novel, it’s tempting to see Katie’s adversity as yet another ultimately triumphant part of the Irish American dream. In recent years, a diverse array of authors have labored to fill this historical gap. Writers such as Peter Quinn and Kevin Baker, Peter Behrens and Joseph O’Connor have given names — and joy and sadness and love and rage — back to people like Katie.
With her fashionably cropped dark hair and ready-for-stage appearance (somewhere between Rachel Maddow and actress Ally Sheedy), Faye does not fit the stereotype of someone who spends hours peering at microfilm copies of 19th-century New York newspapers. In search of a follow-up to Dust and Shadow, Faye became fascinated by the glut of TV shows, movies and books that revolve around the NYPD. It led to the question: What was it like when the NYPD was actually created?
We first met Wilde in Faye’s 2012 historical thriller The Gods of Gotham. He, along with his brother Valentine, are “copper stars,” the first police officers to patrol the mean streets of the Five Points and beyond in 1845, when New York City’s first municipal police force was created.
Timothy (an orphan who is unsure of his own origins) was left horribly disfigured by a devastating fire in downtown Manhattan and spends much of The Gods of Gotham trying to track down a killer who may or may be motivated by the Catholic-Protestant holy war simmering on New York City’s streets. Faye vividly recreates life in the harsh Irish wards, and even includes snippets of primary sources from the day, to convey the vehemence of anti-Irish sentiment in certain quarters. Like the young police force to which he belongs, Timothy Wilde experiences growing pains, battling his own politically-connected (not to mention sexually and narcotically adventurous) brother and falling in love with the charitable daughter of a respected reverend, Mercy Underhill, who spends her days “tending to low Irish families, against all sense,” as one anti-immigrant character puts it.
Gods of Gotham earned high praise, particularly for Faye’s use of “flash patter,” a street language commonly practiced by thieves and believed to have originated in London. In Faye’s new book, Seven for a Secret, Timothy Wilde has learned from his experiences – somewhat.
If religion was the central historical question in Gods of Gotham, it is race that is central to Seven for a Secret. Aside from allowing Faye to create a complex cast of characters who are good, bad, and somewhere in between, Seven for a Secret also probes the historical tensions between the Irish and African Americans, as well as the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of Tammany Hall, the Democratic Party, and even New York City’s complicity in the slave trade. Like fellow actress-turned-mystery writer Tana French (whose books are set in Dublin, where she lives), Faye says acting was great training for novel writing.
In 2005, Faye, who says she is “about as ethnically American as you can get,” (aside from her Irish roots, she also has German and Native American ancestry, and is also a direct descendant of Mayflower passenger Jahn Alden), moved to New York with her husband Gabriel, a writer, performer and painter, to further her acting career. When the restaurant she worked in closed, Faye began to examine the  intense demands of acting and turned to writing, in search of more “autonomy” in her life. Faye will spend September on an extensive cross-country book tour, which will include a final stop in Portland, Oregon, not too far from Washington, where she grew up. Currently, Faye is at work on the third installment of her trilogy, which will again follow Timothy Wilde, but will be set a few years later and explore the world of seamstresses and, more broadly, the role of women workers in the mid-19th Century. Has Faye ever been tempted to transform her Irish great-great-grandmother’s life into fiction?
The Secret Seven (Frank Richards), and check out The Secret Seven (Frank Richards) on Wikipedia, Youtube, Google News, Google Books, and Twitter on Digplanet. For the 1940s and 1950s Secret Seven stories by Enid Blyton, see The Secret Seven (Enid Blyton). The Secret Seven series is an 11 part series of stories published in The Magnet magazine in 1934. The junior schoolboys respond by forming a secret society, the Secret Seven, to fight back against Loder and Prout.
A series of lively adventures follow before the Secret Seven finally triumph over Loder and Prout. The Greyfriars School stories were written by author Charles Hamilton, under the pen name Frank Richards, over a 53-year period from 1908 until his death on Christmas Eve 1961. Hamiltona€™s work has attracted criticism, most notably from George Orwell in a 1940 essay published in a€?a€™Horizona€™a€™ magazine. Other commentators have challenged the view that Hamiltona€™s work can be narrowly categorised as right wing,[6][7] drawing attention to examples of his output that demonstrate strong independent views. Resistance against oppression and injustice is a recurring theme in Hamiltona€™s plotlines. If youa€™ve read any history, you know that wherever there is a tyrant, therea€™s a secret society up against him.
However, Hamilton also retains a keen sense of the absurd and uses his distinctive prose style to underline the comedic aspect of covert societies that have masked faces, secret passwords, rituals and codes. The author uses the character of Mr Prout, the temporary headmaster, to explore how power can be abused in the wrong hands. Herbert Vernon-Smith, or a€?Smithya€?, son of a millionaire stockbroker a€“ a hard character with a strong rebellious streak, first proposes the idea of a secret society.
The "Famous Five", comprising Remove Captain Harry Wharton, along with Frank Nugent, Bob Cherry, Hurree Jamset Ram Singh and Johnny Bull are the other ringleaders of the Secret Seven.
Probably the most famous character in the Greyfriars stories is the fat Owl of the Remove - greedy schoolboy Billy Bunter, who eventually (albeit reluctantly) also becomes a member of the Secret Seven.
Gerald Loder is the bullying prefect who replaces Wingate as Head Prefect and School Captain. Aside from the Remove form, other members of the Secret Seven are found in the Upper Fourth (Shell) and Fourth forms.
The senior Fifth Form has no members in the Secret Seven, but several of its members feature prominently in the series. Greyfriars School is in a state of excitement in the lead-up to an important First Eleven soccer fixture with neighbouring Highcliffe School. In a savage temper, Loder vents his frustrations on Harry Wharton and Bob Cherry, members of the junior Remove form, who retaliate fiercely. Meanwhile, many of the school are preparing to follow the charabanc conveying the footballers to Highcliffe School and watch the match. School bully Gerald Loder is now the Head Prefect of Greyfriars, under the temporary headmastership of Mr Prout. In the final chapter, Prout cancels the election and announces he has decided to appoint Loder as School Captain.
Gerald Loder, under the patronage of temporary headmaster Mr Prout, continues his brutal rule as temporary Head Prefect. Loder interrupts a Remove football practice and finds a series of pretexts to order a number of the footballers off the field and to report to his study for punishment. As the Remove sit in their Form Room, under Lodera€™s supervision, Vernon-Smith confesses that he screwed up Woosea€™s door. The story opens with James Hobson, captain of the Shell form, angrily confronting Loder after his close friend, Claude Hoskins, has been unjustly punished. Belatedly considering the probable consequences of his action, Hobson decides to a€?lie lowa€? for a while in the optimistic hope that matters will calm down. Later, after Loder arranges for the incriminating evidence in the vaults to be removed, he reverts to his bullying ways. Vernon-Smith of the Remove now suggests that the juniors should form a secret society to fight back against Loder and Prout.
In his position as head of sports, Loder selects a team for the next major soccer fixture, against St Jima€™s school. Meanwhile, Fifth form duffer Horace Coker is walking outside and observes a number of junior schoolboys heading towards the old tower adjacent to the school cloisters. Loder immediately searches for the Famous Five, Vernon-Smith and Redwing, and orders them to Prouta€™s study, telling them that they will be expelled for their offences.
A few days later, Loder is in his study contemplating the St Jima€™s match later that afternoon. With three players missing, Sykes of the Sixth Form is reinstated as Captain and promptly excludes the remainder of Lodera€™s cronies. Loder catches up with Cherry inside the school building and promptly takes him to Prout, where he is searched. We now learn that Loder is short of cash a€“ he has overrun his account at the school shop and has lost money gambling at the local inn. Loder and his cronies, Walker and Carne, settle down in Lodera€™s study to consume the purloined foodstuffs.
Vernon-Smith is immediately suspected by Loder as being responsible, and is summoned to Prouta€™s study. Pausing only to describe Prout as a a€?cheeky old assa€?, the Famous Five swiftly pass on the warning to the rest of the school. Prout discovers the a€?guya€? and removes the mask, revealing Lodera€™s white and furious face.
Loder does not have to wait long a€“ when Coker returns inside, he complains at full volume at his treatment in the fog.
By now Coker is in a state of fury - and is concentrating on the sole object of making Loder suffer for his sins. With each of Cokera€™s essays at punishing Loder having had a boomerang effect and rebounding on him, Coker is more determined than ever to deal out a decisive retribution.
Unknown to Loder, the Secret Seven is also active that night a€“ a small group comprising Temple, Dabney, Fry and Scott have already arrived in Lodera€™s study and are awaiting his return from a nocturnal visit to the local inn.
Coker manages to partly free his legs and shuffle out of Lodera€™s bedroom just as Loder and Carne return to the school from the inn. Coker, meanwhile, has realised that Prout is awake and tries to find his way back to the Fifth Form dormitory. There is general regret that Loder had escaped; but the juniors find ample entertainment that Coker has blundered in, yet again.
The Secret Seven seize Head Prefect Gerald Loder as he enters the Headmastera€™s study, and tie him to a chair.
The meeting, however, is interrupted by Billy Bunter, who has earlier hidden a cake in the room. Loder spends a fruitless evening watching the Remove box room from an adjoining garret, before giving up.
Nine Remove juniors a€“ the Famous Five, Vernon-Smith, Tom Redwing, Peter Todd and Lord Mauleverer a€“ are settling down to high tea in Smithya€™s study when Billy Bunter arrives with a message from Loder.
Loder is smoking in his study with Carne and Walker when the nine arrive, and has no knowledge of the message.
On their return to Vernon-Smitha€™s study, they find that Bunter, along with all the foodstuffs, is nowhere to be found. After a few minutes, Bunter is discovered by the juniors, who vigorously kick him out of the woodshed.
Matters soon become intolerable for members of the Secret Seven, as Bunter uses his newfound knowledge to prise loans and foodstuffs from members.
In the chapter titled a€?Brother Bunter!a€?, the fat Owl of the Remove is apprehended by the Secret Seven and, under threat of being jabbed by a pair of compasses, agrees to be initiated into the society.
Loder, Hilton and Price have already been overpowered by other Secret Seven members, who had arrived in large numbers. Price now makes a discovery a€“ a slip of paper dropped by a junior on which is written a€?WOODSHED AT SEVENa€?.
Loder is in no doubt that the Famous Five, among others, will be found in the woodshed, and is unaware that the five are at that moment watching the procession from a study window. Meanwhile, Prout decides to act against the Remove, which he strongly suspects of harbouring the ringleaders of the Secret Seven. Outraged, the juniors decide that it is now time for Prout to receive the same kind of treatment that the Secret Seven has previously reserved for Loder and his circle. Loder, who still owes money to disreputable characters at the local inn, is still in possession of Mauleverera€™s banknote, which he has no intention of passing to Prout. The Secret Seven continue to plan ways in which Prout can be made to feel sorry for himself without the need for him to be handled personally. Later that same night, Loder enters the study and breaks into Prouta€™s desk, removing the banknote.
In a final twist, the racehorse Gay Goldfish finishes seventh a€“ leaving Loder relieved and grateful to the Secret Seven for their latest proceedings. Vernon-Smith and the Famous Five are complaining loudly at Prouta€™s decision to impose detentions on the Remove for the rest of the term. The following Saturday morning, the Remove are sitting in their Form room, under detention. The Secret SevenThe Secret Seven or "Secret Seven Society" are a fictional group of child detectives created by Enid Blyton. Slideshare uses cookies to improve functionality and performance, and to provide you with relevant advertising. It's interesting that Enid mentions another of her series here – not the first time either, as in another Seven book it's established that they live in Peterswood, fabled home to the Five Find-Outers (although the Five Find-Outers themselves are not mentioned).
Then, towards the back of the cave where Scamper is digging, they discover a note book with the name of Albert Tanner inside.
They decide to abandon the cave as their meeting place in case they bump into the mysterious Albert Tanner and so the summer-house at Peter's becomes the next best place to meet.
But whatever it was that the Seven had to discover, had already been dug from the ground nearby. Not only that, the Secret Seven discover another hidden cave which means the mystery is still very much on, bringing this story to an exciting finish.
As well as his own books, he has illustrated books for authors such as Roald Dahl, Paula Danziger and Michael Palin. Later generations could perhaps track down Katie’s roots in Ireland and honor her sacrifice. For each of these horrors, a durable literary masterpiece has been produced by those who were there: Night by Elie Wiesel, Frederick Douglass’ memoirs, A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Her first published book was 2009’s Dust and Shadow, in which she turned a life-long passion for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries into a brilliant mash-up, featuring the famed Baker Street detective trying to solve the infamous Jack the Ripper murders. She does, however, look exactly like someone who would belong to an irreverent literary circle of Sherlock Holmes devotees called “The Baker Street Babes,” who produce a popular podcast and analyze all things Holmes, from A Study in Scarlet to the BBC series Sherlock. Its fast-paced, multi-layered plot revolves around the revolting underworld of “blackbirders,” who kidnap free blacks in the North and sell them into the slave system still flourishing in the South in the 1840s.


The film (which is slated to open October 18) is based on the memoirs of Solomon Northrup, which Faye considered a “harrowing” yet “riveting” resource.
It, too, explores the gritty life of a Five Points police officer, though the show is set a few years later, during the Civil War. But she isn’t claiming to have been ripped off.  Instead, she calls this glut of quality historical stories “a zeitgeist thing,” which indicates there is a desire to understand crucial moments in American history.
In fact, she was a successful theatrical performer for about a decade on the West Coast, but said the grind of auditioning – and the sheer level of acting talent out there – was daunting. But there aren’t fifty of me who could sit down and say: ‘I’m going to write a novel that is as close to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s voice as possible – since I am an actor – mixed with all of the elements of the Jack the Ripper killings,’” she says, referring to Dust and Shadow, her first novel.
In her fiction, Lyndsay Faye has managed to recreate the world inhabited by her great-great grandmother – and millions of other Irish Americans like her. The author was prolific writer Charles Hamilton, writing under the pen name Frank Richards.
Despite its name, there are many more than seven members of the society a€“ the name a€?Secret Sevena€? is designed to mislead the authorities and divert suspicion from the ringleaders.
During this time, it is estimated that he was responsible for the equivalent of over 1,000 full-length novels, which ranks him as one of the most prolific published authors of all time.
In 1976, the series was republished by the Howard Baker (Greyfriars Press) in two volumes of facsimiles of the original Magnet publications.
A light and distinctive prose style combines with a strong comedic element and a large ensemble of strongly drawn characters. Over the years, Hamilton was ever ready to air unfashionable causes to his young audience, but did so in a way that did not attract controversy or jeopardise publication of his stories.
Series such the High Oaks Rebellion series (1928), the Brander as Headmaster series (1930), the Popper Island Rebellion series (1934) and the Tuckshop Rebellion series (1938) all involve violent rebellions following acts of injustice or brutality. Apparently some of the mysterious brothers were not taking the mysterious brotherhood very seriously.
In earlier stories, Prout is portrayed as a harmless figure of fun, regarded with amused tolerance by the reader. The ringleaders and many of the members of the a€?Secret Sevena€? are to be found in this form.
He is a leading member of the society and is at the forefront of several of the stories, particularly the climax when he engineers Lodera€™s downfall. Other members include languid schoolboy earl Lord Mauleverer who features regularly, as does lawyera€™s son Peter Todd and Vernon-Smitha€™s close friend Tom Redwing.
Highly popular and respected, he appears briefly on the opening episode of the series before he is hospitalised in the same road accident that injures Dr.
These include form Captain George Blundell, Fifth form duffer Horace Coker and Cokera€™s friends George Potter and William Greene. School Captain and Head Prefect George Wingate has a heated argument with fellow prefect and school bully Gerald Loder after telling him that he will not be playing in the team. That night, he is locked out of the school while breaking bounds to meet his disreputable friends at the local Cross Keys inn.
Billy Bunter is one such a€“ not through any interest in soccer, but because of the prospect of plentiful foodstuffs at high tea after the game. He loses no time in asserting his new-found authority by dispensing unjust and brutal punishments among the junior schoolboys. The Remove Master is under no illusions as to Lodera€™s true character, but his attempts to protect the boys are seen by Prout as a challenge to his authority. Led by Vernon-Smith, and in a mutinous state, the juniors lock the door and proceed to wreck Lodera€™s study. Realising that he dare not allow Prout inside and see evidence of his gambling and smoking, Loder allows the door to remain locked and tells a series of lies to Prout to persuade him that nothing is amiss.
James Hobson of the Shell offers to use his pen knife to cut Loder loose a€“ an offer that Loder eyes with well-founded apprehension as Hobson jabs him several times. In an effort to help his friend, and inspired by the events in the previous story, Hoskins wrecks Lodera€™s study in an effort to discover cigarettes and other incriminating material that can be used against Loder. There, he observes that Loder and his friends are using the vaults at night as a secret vice and gambling den.
He argues that history shows, wherever there is a tyrant, there emerges a secret society to fight back.
He accuses Hobson and Hoskins of the assault, but it is proved beyond doubt that they were with their Form Master, Mr Hacker, at the time. Loder uses the team selection to favour his cronies and pay off old grudges by excluding more talented footballers.
Blundell is provoked by Loder into uttering intemperate words, and Loder orders Blundell to bend over and receive a caning. Unable, as usual, to mind his own business, Coker investigates and stumbles upon what turns out to be a meeting of the Secret Seven. He is apprehended by seven figures wearing Guy Fawkes masks and old coats, who place a bag over his head and drag him to a nearby classroom. Soon after, Tupper meets one of the masked figures, from whom he receives a half crown tip. By now he has dropped every player who was a friend of Wingatea€™s, and replaced them with his own cronies. Walker is directed to the games changing room, where he in turn is seized by seven masked figures, bound, gagged and locked in a cupboard. For reasons of safety, the school rules prohibit the possession of fireworks before the 5th, but this rule is frequently disregarded by unthinking schoolboys.
The schoolboy earl has invited a large number of his friends to a very well provisioned tea. He turns aside and draws a piece of paper from his pocket, on which he scribbles a few words, and then drops the paper out of the window.
By the time that Loder and the other prefects arrive at the woodshed where the fireworks were stored, they find it empty. When Loder explains what happened, Prout roars at Loder, demanding to know why his Head Prefect had allowed himself to be covered in ridicule and treated with ignominy. Unable to contemplate football, the Famous Five learn that Loder is walking outside and decide to use the cover of the fog to find Loder and administer a well-earned beating. Despite loathing Coker, Loder takes up the matter and reports it to Prout, who sentences the Famous Five to be flogged. After Coker is involved in a further scuffle the next day, Loder speaks to Blundell, Cokera€™s Form Captain, telling him that he understands Coker is being maltreated for making a justifiable complaint, and that this behaviour needs to stop.
That night, he steals out of bed carrying a fives bat and makes his way to Lodera€™s bedroom. Upon entering through the Sixth Form lobby door, they see Cokera€™s spectral form and depart in state of confusion and fright. Vernon-Smith is absent - with his usual independence, he is in Loder's study, writing a message for Loder on the wall mirror before joining the meeting. Bunter finds the door locked and, alarmed at the possibility that someone else is devouring the cake, starts to bang and thump on the door, demanding to be let in.
He proceeds to his study and says as much to Carne and Walker, who are waiting for him there. They recognise that the message has been enciphered using the Sheriffa€™s Code (another promotional gift distributed with The Magnet). He now finds out that one of the encoded messages has likely found its way to the Secret Seven and, in a state of fury, sets off with his cane to beat Vernon-Smith in the punishment room. Irritated at the unexpected interruption, he canes all the juniors except Mauleverer for impertinence. But he is unexpectedly interrupted by the sight of Bob Cherry, followed by Nugent and Todd, heading towards the woodshed.
Bunter flees back to the school, where he encounters Vernon-Smith, still determined to exact vengeance for the fat Owla€™s misdemeanours. Having agreed, he explains that he now urgently needs to see a fellow in the common room, and Loder, and Woose, and Prout.
Loder has begun to suspect that there are more than seven members of the society and now has proof of this. Prouta€™s Head prefect has been publicly humiliated and Prout sees this as a slight on his own authority. He shows it to Loder, who immediately suspects that this refers to the Secret Sevena€™s next meeting, and alerts Prout. They are in a state of excited anticipation at the possibility that Prout might enter the woodshed first. Lodera€™s torch reveals the sight of Prout, streaming with tar, with a tar bucket perched on his head. It falls into Lodera€™s hands, who insists that Mauleverer opens the letter in his presence.
He visits them in their Form room and announces that the entire form will be detained on every half-holiday until the end of the term. That evening, as Prout enters his study and settles into his armchair, members of the Secret Seven emerge from various places of hiding. He plans to a€?borrowa€? the banknote to place a bet on a racehorse, a€?Gay Goldfisha€?, and use his winnings to repay his debts and replace the note. That night, the Headmastera€™s study is visited by Peter Todd, who paints areas of the walls and various items of furniture in white paint.
Finding paint on his hands, he realises that the Secret Seven have been active, and considers that nothing could suit him better, as the secret society is certain to be blamed for the missing banknote.
But when he shares his thoughts with the Famous Five and Mauleverer, the others have grave doubts.
Loder, crushed and beaten, sees a ray of hope and assures Mauleverer that he never meant to steal the banknote. A match with Rookwood School is due the following Wednesday and the Remove are faced with the prospect of cancelling this, and every other football match, for the remainder of the term.
He overhears himself being described as a€?that old ass, Prouta€?, a€?that terrific and ludicrous old fathead, Prouta€?, as a€?having a swelled head through fancying himself as headmastera€?, and who a€?cana€™t help being a foola€?. He reminds them of episode of Mauleverer's stolen banknote, told in the previous story, and suggests this is the reason that Loder has not reported the morning's events.
He enlists Bunter's aid and uses the Fat Owl's gift for ventriloquism to trick Prout into leaving the school that afternoon. He roars at Loder, telling him that he is no longer Head Prefect, and that he doubts Loder can remain a prefect at all.
Peter leads everyone to see the cave, taking them through the field, down a grassy path, past a pond, then a right turn to the quarry. So according to the Secret Seven, the world of the Five Find-Outers is grounded in reality, while the Famous Five are purely fictional! Then the Seven discover some of their things have gone missing, including Colin's book, Five Go Down to the Sea.
However, the toll of the Great Hunger on those who fled Ireland was apparently so calamitous that those who lived through it were never to produce such an enduring work.
The series was republished by the Howard Baker (Greyfriars Press) as two volumes of Magnet facsimile editions in 1976. Locke, along with popular Head Prefect George Wingate and several other senior prefects, are all hospitalised after a road accident. The exceptional volume of material produced by Hamilton over his writing career allowed both characters and locations to be developed in great depth. Here, his character develops in an unpleasant direction that encourages the reader to take an active dislike to him. The Secret Seven society has many more than seven members, and is only so named to mislead the authorities. In the Fourth form, members include Form Captain Cecil Reginald Temple, William Dabney, Edward Fry and James Scott. Without the knowledge of the owner, he borrows a bicycle, but in his hurry to leave the school, he omits to adjust the seat for his short height.
Prout is a just man, but is pompous, self-important and susceptible to flattery a€“ he is easily manipulated by the wily Loder.
When Harry Wharton, captain of the Remove form, refuses to be caned by Loder, he only narrowly escapes being expelled through Remove Master Mr Quelcha€™s intervention.
But, unlike the Head Prefect, who is appointed by the Headmaster, the School Captain is traditionally elected by the schoolboys. After a final showdown between the two masters, Quelch decides to leave Greyfriars to await Dr Lockea€™s return. In the course of their exertions, they discover Lodera€™s secret store of cigarettes and racing papers, which they gleefully hurl out of the window. Woose is released by Loder, who suspects that Smithy is responsible, but is unable to prove it.
Wharton points out that Prout had offered to lift the detention if the culprit were to confess; but Loder is unmoved.
Fortunately for the juniors, the overweight Prout is not quite equal to the physical exertion required, and visibly tires after flogging the six ringleaders. His suggestion is that two individuals a€“ each of similar size and build as Hobson and Hoskins a€“ should a€?raga€? Loder with their faces masked.
Both wear raincoats and have their faces covered with Guy Fawkes masks a€“ but are heard to refer to each other as a€?Hoskinsa€? and a€?Hobbya€?. Hacker admonishes Loder for being deluded by a a€?transparent tricka€? and tells him that he is a€?stupid, unthinking and unscrupulous in making accusationsa€?. There follows a violent scuffle, which ends with Loder, Carne and Walker being hurled across the room.
In Prouta€™s study, they find Coker, who is complaining about the attack on him by seven juniors.
The story opens with Bob Cherry attempting to smuggle a package of fireworks into the school, and being pursued by Loder. Meanwhile, Wharton finds himself cornered in the Sixth Form passage, where he seeks refuge in Lodera€™s study. He summons Vernon-Smith - whose millionaire father provides him with an over-generous allowance a€“ and asks him to buy the provisions at the school shop, on the understanding that he will reimburse him the next day. Loder accuses Mauleverer of breaking school rules a€“ referring to a€?disgusting and unhealthy gorging in a junior studya€? a€“ and confiscates all the food, to the fury of the juniors. Chaos quickly ensues, with the three prefects scrambling to avoid exploding fireworks and causing the table, laden with foodstuffs and drinks, to overturn. At this point, we learn that the Secret Seven have equipped themselves with invisible pencils, which can be used to write text that is only visible when the paper is warmed. As they make their way back to the main school buildings, they are pelted with lit fireworks from the darkness. They duly find a burly figure in the fog and administer six strokes with a fives bat (a hardwood bat of similar size and shape to a tennis racket).


To Cokera€™s indignation, he is now accused by his schoolfellows of a€?sneakinga€? a€“ an unforgivable offence among schoolboys. In doing so, Loder, who dislikes Coker, is intentionally making matters worse for him by rekindling accusations of sneaking. Knowing Cokera€™s ability with a football, his friends Potter and Greene decide to give Coker a wide berth. They tie and gag him, jam a waste paper basket on his head, and drape a sheet over him, before disappearing back to their dormitories. They attempt to gain entry by tapping on Walkera€™s window, but succeed only in rousing Prout. Loder tells them that he plans to keep watch on the box room and identify the members of the society. On decoding the message, they learn that Loder has discovered the location of the Secret Seven meeting place, and abandon the next meeting with just minutes to spare.
Anticipating his action, the Secret Seven seize Loder on the way and drag him to a disused room.
Loder tells Mauleverer that he can depart, as he is not such a a€?cheeky sweepa€? as the rest. The others decide to summon a meeting of the Secret Seven to decide how to respond to Lodera€™s latest act of brutality.
Bunter conceals himself in a cupboard, from whence he watches in astonishment as more and more juniors arrive.
To his horror, Smithy learns that Bunter has discovered the identities of the Secret Seven and is forced to leave the fat Owl unpunished. When Bunter and the others arrive, there are around twenty members of the society in the study. Eager at the prospect of rounding up the Secret Seven at last, Prout decides to deal with the matter personally, and leads a group of prefects to the woodshed. When the banknote is revealed, Loder declares that it exceeds the usual allowance for junior boys and that he will hand it to Prout for safe-keeping. Vernon-Smith and Wharton protest hotly that Prout has no right to punish the entire form on mere suspicion, and are both caned by Prout for their impudence. Before Prout is able to react, the open end of a coal sack is dragged over his head and drawn tight around him.
But his plans are frustrated by Billy Bunter, who is hoping to borrow some of the ten pounds himself, and who asks Prout whether Mauleverer could be permitted to have a small part of the remittance. But, as he enters, he finds Loder, trying to force his way into a locked drawer in Prouta€™s desk.
Indeed, the next day, Prout makes clear to Vernon-Smith that he suspects him of being the perpetrator a€“ but is astonished when Smithy points out that the real culprit has left clues to his identity in the form of a thumbprint in the wet paint. Vernon-Smith uses the a€?Sheriffa€™s Thumb-Print Recordera€? (another in the series of Magnet promotional gifts) to record Lodera€™s thumb print and then compares it to the photographs taken in the Headmastera€™s study. Bunter anxiously reminds the others to mention that he had no part in the affair and is promptly kicked by Smithy. He still has the photographs of Loder's thumb print, and points out that Loder dare not make further trouble while it is in his possession. He assures Wharton that he has spoken to Prout, but that the temporary headmaster is as hard as iron on the subject. Loder then informs Wharton that the Remove has leave to go to Rookwood School and play the match.
At the evening assembly in the School Hall, he calls Wharton to the front and informs him he will be expelled from the school. He admits that Wharton and the others had a "flimsy excuse" for their behaviour; so Wharton will not be expelled, but the entire form will still be flogged. He is initially reluctant to intervene, but the Remove realise this is a chance too good to lose.
Time for a Secret Seven meeting, but unfortunately the shed is being cleaned and painted and so another secret meeting place has to be found.
The cave is surrounded by close growing bushes of bright yellow, and trailing greenery hides the entrance. The portly and pompous Paul Pontifex Prout, master of the Fifth Form, is appointed as temporary Headmaster in Dr. Faced with the threat of an inquiry that will expose his bullying character, Loder backs down. VOAT FOR COKER!a€? leads to unusually enthusiastic support around the school for his campaign a€“ nearly all are agreed that they would rather support Coker than Loder. An excited crowd of onlookers gathers outside, including Lodera€™s anxious friends, Carne and Walker. He reports the affair to Prout, who places the entire Remove in detention for the next half-holiday.
After flogging twenty boys, tragedy turns into comedy, with Prout barely flicking each offender, to the audible amusement of the onlookers. Realising that Hobsona€™s information would result in his disgrace and expulsion, Loder pleads for pardon with Prout on behalf of Hobson and Hoskins.
Prout arrives and orders the footballers back to the school building, where he canes every member of both teams.
Meanwhile, Hobson and Hoskins should ensure they have solid alibis for the time when the ragging occurs. Loder is gagged with a rotten apple and his hands and leg are tied, so that he is only able to hop. The seven force him to write a note to Prout, admitting that he was a€?somewhat to blame in the dispute with Blundella€? and begging Prout to let the matter drop. Loder, unable to believe his luck, promptly jumps to the mistaken conclusion that Coker is a witness to the Secret Sevena€™s actions.
He proceeds to release each of them, and announces that the seven boys must be discovered immediately, and expelled from the school. Unfortunately for the Famous Five, the individual they found was Horace Coker of the Fifth Form and not Loder. He is bundled unceremoniously out of the Fifth Forms games study by other Fifth Formers and is then rolled down the staircase by a crowd of Removites. Their caution is justified as Coker kicks the ball and lands it on the popular games master, Mr.
Now desperate, Loder and Carne re-enter through the Sixth Form lobby door and escape to their bedrooms.
The Removites are roused and, knowing of the Secret Seven plans for the evening, immediately assume the strange figure is Loder. Besides, he now has a new object a€“ to discover and deal with the fellow who had helmeted him with Lodera€™s waste paper basket. Realising that it is prudent to abandon the meeting, the Secret Seven members depart one by one through the window. Vernon-Smith, meanwhile, has not had time to escape the study and is hiding under the table. There, they threaten to shave off all his hair unless he telephones Prout and requests Smithy's release.
Mauleverer thanks Loder, but politely tells him he is making a mistake a€“ he is just as cheeky as the rest, if it is cheek to consider Loder to be a€?a bully and a brute and a rotter and a worm, and other things like that.a€? Even Carne and Walker are moved to chuckle as Loder snarls at Mauleverer to bend over. Eventually, there are some two or three dozen persons present, from the Remove, Fourth and Shell forms.
Eventually Mauleverer suggests a solution a€“ Bunter must be made to join the secret society and take a leading hand in handling Loder. He is dressed in a Guy Fawkes mask and an old coat, and escorted to the Fifth form study used by Hilton and Price.
He first attempts to bribe Bunter with foodstuffs and then proceeds to beat him a€“ but Bunter, for once, has nothing to say. His arms trapped, and unable to release himself, Prout staggers to the door and flounders along the passage to seek help. Prout, who knows nothing of the matter, questions Loder, who is forced to hand over the banknote to the temporary headmaster. A ghastly pallor sweeps over Lodera€™s face, and for a moment he seems as if he is going to faint a€“ but he swiftly recovers and inflicts a savage beating on Vernon-Smith.
While the other boys stammer their apologies, Vernon-Smith makes matters worse by coolly telling Prout that they never knew Prout was listening under the window. Relations between the two deteriorate to the point that Quelch decides to leave the school until Dr. Hacker, master of the Shell (Upper Fourth) form, Mr Twigg, master of the Second form, Mr Wiggins, master of the Third form, Mr. The following day, Mr Quelch, the Remove Master, discovers Loder in the act of bullying several boys, and informs Loder that this matter will also be placed before the Headmaster. The Headmastera€™s car, coming the opposite way, swerves out of Buntera€™s way and crashes into the charabanc carrying the footballers. When Loder himself eventually arrives on the scene, he is dragged through the window into the study.
Bunter, who is last in line, is less fortunate a€“ after a delay caused by Bunter pausing to adjust the exercise books he has packed into his trousers, Prout is reinvigorated and applies the final caning industriously. To the general astonishment of the rest of the school, the punishments of expulsion are rescinded. Hobson and Hoskins are punished particularly severely a€“ in Prouta€™s eyes, they have displayed a€?black ingratitudea€? after Loder had pleaded for clemency on their behalf earlier in the day. Loder strongly suspects that the seven are the Famous Five, Vernon-Smith and Redwing, all of whom he has punished earlier that day. He describes the attack on himself to Prout and affirms that he recognised the voices of both Cherry and Vernon-Smith.
He sternly informs Vernon-Smith that it is a€?no laughing matter!a€? But the rest of the school seems to disagree.
When the last firework is expended, the study looks like the scene of a volcanic eruption, with Loder looking like a demon in a pantomime. To make matters worse, when they re-enter the school through Lodera€™s study window, they are caught by Loder himself who administers a caning to each of them, with the threat of more to come when he discovers what they have been up to in the fog. Intensely curious, Bunter listens in and discovers that this is a meeting of the Secret Seven society. On his return to his study, Smithy confides to Redwing his suspicion that Loder was attempting to steal Mauleverera€™s banknote. Mauleverer nods, and tells Loder that he had deluded himself: there is more than enough evidence for him to be expelled, convicted and imprisoned.
His plan is to force Loder to beg the Remove off detention so they can play the Rookwood match. He visits Loder in his study and threatens to expose him to Prout unless he succeeds in rescinding the detention. This automatically had me remembering the cave in The Valley of Adventure, a novel Enid wrote in 1947, eight years before she wrote this book. But before anything useful is said, Colin sneezes loudly and the men pounce on him and box his ears! A tyrannical regime ensues, with unjust and brutal punishments raining down across the school. Capper, master of the Fourth form, Larry Lascelles, the young and popular games master and Monsieur Charpentier, the French master. Loder realises that the cumulative effect of these reports is likely to lead, at the very least, to his removal as a prefect and possibly to his expulsion from the school. Wharton appeals to Prout for leniency, but is told the punishment will only be lifted if the culprit confesses. But when Coker is called upon to corroborate Lodera€™s story, he instead contradicts it, testifying that the seven accused juniors were sitting on him when the attack on Loder occurred. You worm!a€? - before realising, too late, that Loder is absent but that the study is occupied by Mr. In typical Prout style, he declares the situation to be a€?unparalleleda€? and marches Coker away. Soon after, he is discovered by Loder, who realises that he must take steps to prevent Vernon-Smith from warning the other members of the Secret Seven. Loder and the other prefects disdain from handling the filthy figure, but members of the Remove a€“ possibly with some foreknowledge of who is really inside the sack a€“ volunteer to barge the figure out of the school. But this cave was hidden behind a waterfall with a 'curtain of greenery' covering the entrance. Colin runs off and the men resume their meeting, unaware that Jack is still up the tree over their heads. Locke, School Captain George Wingate, and prefects Gwynne and North all suffer serious injuries and are ferried to hospital.
The Remove footballers play their soccer match with Highcliffe School, winning 3-2, with Smithy scoring the winning goal in the final minute. He now appears to be, to all intents and purposes, a Guy Fawkes a€?guya€?, and is paraded around the school. He takes Smithy to Prout and persuades him that Vernon-Smith should be locked in the punishment room for a few days. It is only when the figure has been propelled as far as the school gates that Loder finally realises the truth and releases Prout. Loder assures Mauleverer that he can recover the banknote; he admits everything and implores the juniors to give him a chance and not disgrace him. Unaware that the door has been designated as a goal, he is bowled over by a dusty cushion kicked onto his face by Vernon-Smith. The surprised juniors, including Vernon-Smith, realise that there is a spark of decency in Loder. Prout, his face turning purple, now turns to Loder, accusing him of deliberately disobeying his instructions. Before doing so, Vernon-Smith and Cherry pointedly draw attention to Lodera€™s false statement that he recognised their voices, to Prout and Lodera€™s discomfort.
Coker does not improve matters when he tries to explain that he intended his remarks for Loder. When Loder attempts to administer punishment, a brisk struggle ensues, which culminates in Loder being ejected from the room. Loder explains that he used his discretion in Prout's absence, given that a regular football fixture was involved. For a terrible moment, he wonders whether that might be his fate a€“ until, to his relief, his captors turn away from the fire.




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