Burke, 1952, illus Gilbert Dunlop
Reprinted, Burke, 1958 and 1961
The Patience series
They Called Her Patience
It Was All Through Patience
So Guy Came Too
The Five Shilling Holiday
Summary (Jim Mackenzie)
This is the second book in the “Patience” series which extends to four volumes.
Patience has been convalescing after an illness and so can’t be allowed to join in the camping holiday planned by the other four. Or that’s what they think. However, the book opens with some scenes set in the city of Newcastle and Judy incurs David’s wrath by allowing herself to be daubed with make-up in a shop demonstration. In fact the book consists again of a series of verbal battles between David and his headstrong sister and between David and the self-centred Judy.
Patience makes her own entirely illegal and irresponsible arrangements for joining the camp and suffers within a lonely cave for a few days. David, Richard, Elizabeth and Judy meanwhile enjoy camp-life with its opportunities for swimming and riding their ponies. Another visit to Newcastle sets David and Judy at odds with each other once more as she persists in her desire to see a film that will make them miss the last sensible bus back to the wilds of Northumberland that night. (The story appears to be set near Bellingham once more, though this place is not named.) The arrest of a thief and the excitements of a gymkhana bring the book to a close. Ominously for the readers Lorna Hill introduces Guy Charlton into the action once more. He replicates with Patience the horse-switching trick he had performed with Esmé in Border Peel in the “Marjorie” series.