The Wishing-Chair Again [ePub]

by Enid Blyton

Molly & Peter return to Fairy Land
29 March 2012

This book follows on from the first Wishing Chair book and Blyton's storytelling ability has certainly begun to advance by this stage. However, I have also noticed that there is a gap of about 27 years between these two books. During this time she had written the three Faraway Tree books, so it is not surprising that as we read this story we discover references to the Faraway Tree and some of the magical lands therein. We also meet one of the Gollywogs which suggests that Blyton, in a way, is weaving all of her fairy tale books into one world.
Unlike the first book, which was more a collection of short stories, the structureof this book is more like the Faraway Tree where there are a small number of adventures with the final adventure being a journey to light-hearted place (the Island of Surprises). It is also interesting that while the two children begin by looking for the land of Goodness Knows Where, they never actually arrive because they end up being distracted in their journey. Another interesting aspect is that the children are now at school so the entire adventure occurs during their long holiday (in Australia it would be the summer holidays in December and January but I am unsure how things work in England).
While there is no overarching story the adventures all end up being linked. I have noticed that there are references from earlier adventures in the book in later chapters and there are also some recurring characters, such as Mr Spells, who we meet early on, and then in a later adventure he becomes one of the children's companions. We also have Winks, who is a brownie, and an incredibly naughty one at that. He is sort of like Dick from the Magic Faraway Tree, however he is much more unpredictable. In fact, Winks is so unpredictable that it is decided that he will have to return to the school of naughty brownies (despite the children freeing everybody from there during one of their adventures).
We do have a few changes in the characters as well, including the Wishing Chair. It seems as if the Wishing Chair has a mind of its own, it tires out, and can also communicate, if only through creaks. At one point the chair loses its wings so it has to grow new ones, however there are also a number of references to how the children have grown and thus have become heavier. It seems that the characters have changed in the period between the tow books and must adapt to these new circumstances.
Once again most of the action takes place between the playroom and Fairy Land, a land in which adults do not venture. It seems as if the playroom is the domain of the children, and the children do their best to spend as much time there as possible. It is a major difference from the Faraway Tree stories where mother knows what is going on, and even meets a number of the characters from the Enchanted Wood. While there is the ritual of jumping the ditch to get into the wood, it seems that the occupants of the wood can interact with the world of the adults. It is different here as the fairy world wants to remain hidden from the adult world. In this story though the discussion revolves around the Wishing Chair being taken to a museum and put on display.
In many cases it can be considered that the action in this story occurs within the children's imagination, and this is namely because they enter the fairy world through the play room. It all cases it seems that they will pass through the playroom before heading down to the bottom of the garden. Unlike the Enchanted Wood, there are multiple ways that the children can enter Fairy Land, but it is necessary in this story as the Wishing Chair is not always available to take them on adventures. In fact, at least twice in the story they have to go off after the Wishing Chair because it has either been stolen, or it has wondered off on its own and got itself into trouble.
Of the two major fairy characters, Clinky seems to be the wiser, and as mentioned Winks is the complete opposite. We meet Clinky's mother and some of his family as well, but it seems that he is taking the place of the folk from the Faraway Tree. Thus, when the children go on their adventures into Fairy Land, one of the fairies comes with them, if only to provide them with knowledge and guidance. As can be suggested, Fairy Land is not necessarily the safest place in the world, particularly if you do not know what you are doing.



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