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The Family at Misrule

Ethel Sybil Turner

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. . .The blouse way would be easier, for there's no lining, you know."

"Oh, the blouse, I think," Meg said, half abstractedly. "Do you know if Poppet has gone to bed, Nell? I don't think I saw her come in, and her cough was bad last night."

"I don't know. Meg, I'll give you half-a-crown for that silver belt of yours; I've got a little money left in my allowance yet, and you never wear it. Half-a-crown would buy you a new book, or one of those burnt straw sailor-hats, and the belt would look lovely with the white dress." The younger girl looked persuasively at the elder.

"But I gave seven-and-sixpence for it," Meg objected, "and it's nearly new."

"But you never wear it—what's the good of a thing you don't wear?" contended Nellie, who had set her heart upon it. "If you think it's too little, say two shillings and that light blue blouse of mine that you like."

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Community Reviews

Finally was able to get hold of a copy and read this - worth doing, but came to the sad conclusion that the seven little Australians are just not the same without Judy. However, the eldest girl Meg has become quite interesting, and her relationship with Esther, the stepmother only a few years older

The Family at Misrule is the second of the Woolcot Family series by Australian novelist Ethel Turner. It is set five years after Seven Little Australians, so Meg is 21 and all the other children also five years older. Once again there are seven children, as Captain Woolcot and Esther have had a daug

Another enjoyable read. I just wish that Ethel Turner's books are reprinted! It's so difficult to lay hold of them.

Not as good as the first volume - full of melodrama and less Australian setting.

We once again follow the seven little Australians.

Not as good as Seven Little Australians, but still very enjoyable. This book is more of a conventional Victorian novel (lots of moral lessons, etc.). I want to read Little Mother Meg now, but none of my local libraries have it and there isn't an e-book available. I'll have to keep my eye out for a r

I liked this story quite a bit more than Seven Little Australians, probably because the father is not in it as much. The ending doesn't seem as rushed also. A little bothering is the family's snubbing of lower class people and new money people.

Lacking the emotional counterpunch of Seven Little Australians, this continuation of the Woolcots' story is nonetheless charming and I found it enjoyable as a girl and enjoyable now.

Continues the adventures of our “Australians” who are no longer all that little. What I like about these stories are that while they are stories of children (and rather naughty ones), they are of children who are very real and who one can identify with. For them, life is not all smooth, they have ad

Not as good as the first book. There's a little more sentimentality and moralising here, taking this very much into L.M. Alcott territory. Still good though; and a must-read for anyone who enjoyed Seven Little Australians. I should probably change my rating to 3 stars, but I'm too tenderhearted, and

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