The theme of this novel is adventure and friendship.
- Miss Twisley
Summary of the story (plot)
This novel tells about an adventure of two children who tried to free their friends, the twins, from being kidnapped by some people who wanted a valuable ruby that belonged to them. Unfortunately, one of the kidnappers was their own governess. They four had got much great adventure before they could get free and sent the kidnappers to the jail.
At the start, Pat and Tessa read a newspaper which said that the sinister ruby that first owned by a powerful Indian ruler and then he gave it to an Englishman, Major Ellis Gathergood, now it was owned by the twins of 12, Faith and David Gathergood. Pat and Tessa had ever met the twins last year. Then they wrote a letter to them, they wanted the twins to show the ruby.
No answer came to Tessa’s letter for some time. Then, on the third day of the summer holidays, there came a letter addressed to Tessa from Faith said that it was true they got the ruby, but they haven’t seen it.
Pat and Tessa heard nothing more for a whole week, and then another letter turned up said that things weren’t too good, the twins were in the car and they were going to Bringking Hill – at least that was they heard. They threw that letter out of the car hoping it will be found and posted by someone.
Tessa felt that there was something up, so they looked up their Daddy’s hotel and garage book to see if Bringking Hill was mentioned. There was no mention of Bringking Hill, but there was apparently a town called Brinkin, they supposed this Brinkin is the Bringking Hill Faith wrote about and they would go there to see the twins.
In the Brinkin Hill they found a 10-feet-high wall, they looked for the door but it was locked, so they climbed the wall by shin up the tree near it. They saw a great house with towers at each end. They saw one window, up on the second floor, had no curtains pulled across and they saw a movement behind the window. Then a face looked out, but what kind of face they were too far to see.
Soon they were both over the wall and down on the ground. They stood behind a bush from which they could see the second floor window that had no curtains drawn across it. Pat threw a stone to the window to get know whether the twins were there. In fact, there the twins, they threw the key of garden door to Pat so that Pat and Tessa could come in.
They came in to the house at night when everyone was sleeping. When they were in the kitchen, Pat fell over a cat, he went down and bumped into the back of a woman’s chair, he made her get up so that the woman shouted to everyone in that house to catch him. Pat was being caught, but Tessa was hiding behind the curtain in that kitchen.
Three men brought Pat to the room where the twins were. After that they went to the kitchen and asked the woman – she was the twins’ governess, about Pat but she didn’t know him, and then Tessa listened to their conversation, she realized that Faith and David had been kidnapped and their ransom was the strange ruby.
After everyone had left the kitchen and gone to bed again, Tessa went to the second floor and looked for the twins’ and Pat’s room. The key was on the outer side of the door so that she could open the door and escaped them.
They went to the island near the lake down the hill by a boat for the rest of the night. When they reached the island, it rained and it was going to be a terrific storm, so that they shelter in a queer little temple with its silent figures in that island. In the morning, after the great storm, they looked for the boat but it was gone.
It was impossible to swim over the lake, so that they waited in the island. Until one day, two of the kidnappers came to that island by a boat looking for Rinji – the other kidnapper, they thought he was there. The children hid on the tree at once, then they run to the boat while the men didn’t see them. They across the lake by that boat and left the men in that island.
The children then looked for the road, they saw telegraph poles and followed the wires. Then they met a country policeman, cycling slowly along. They asked for help to that policeman, and then the children and the policeman thumbed a lift and went to headquarters in Wareton. There the children told about everything happened and after that the Inspector gave instruction to arrest the kidnappers in the island and Miss Twisley, the false governess, in Brinkin Towers.
The strange ruby had been found and for the first time David and Faith saw their great treasure. It laid in a box of cotton wool, a deep red ruby with a strange glowing heart. The four children gazed at it. Then Faith said to the ruby that they were going to sell it and used the money to do some good and worthwhile things.
Setting (time and place) and Atmosphere (dominant emotion which pervades the story)
Setting: One summer (time)
Swanage & Brinkin Hill (place)
· Atmosphere: there is tenseness in the atmosphere of the story.
5. Tone (Author’s attitudes toward his subject and / or toward readers)
The tone of this story is lively because there were some adventures that the children got but mostly the tone is silent since the adventures were in the hill and lake that far from crowd and along the story they hid from the kidnappers.
Copyright (c) Ahmad Alim Aziz