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The Cone Gatherers: In the Beach House
Neil and Calum sit in the beach house, sheltering from the rain. They inspect some abandoned toys and discuss how attitudes towards them differ between the classes. Calum wants to take home and repair a broken doll but Neil sees this as stealing. Lady Runcie Campbell arrives and demands that they leave.
Ask the students to identify where class division is highlighted. (Neil's observation about the toy, and Lady Runcie Campbell wishing to distance herself from the lower-class boys). How do the characters posture and tone to each other reveal their attitudes to class? What is symbolic about the doll being broken? (It is representative of innocence being destroyed.) Ask students to think about why Calum likes the doll (he is child-like and he is drawn to innocence). He also wants to mend the toy revealing his longing to help. However, here again, Calum is an outsider as he does not fit into the rules of society which sees this as 'stealing'.
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