Sophronia’s Map in Manners & Mutiny (Spoiler Alert)

Gentle Reader, please not that this blog post contains spoilers for those who have not yet read Manners & Mutiny. Please skip to the Daily Dose if you haven’t read the book yet. If you haven’t read the Finishing School books at all, this will make no sense.

Read further at your own risk!

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So, in M&M, Sophronia is stuck aboard her school (mostly alone) trying to stop the bad guys from attacking London. I was thinking about a ST:TNG episode called Starship Mine. It, in turn, comes from that grand tradition of “one good guy on a ship full of bad guys” endemic to the Boys Own Adventure novel. You know it the noble cabin boy on the pirate ship, the lone gunman riding into the den of thieves. Someone on Twitter likened this to Die Hard (or Con Air or Alien or…).

Anyway, Sophronia is on the school dirigible, alone against many. She draws herself a map of the airship as she systematically works her way through it, eliminating the bad guys. Because I’m a pretty visual person, I ended up drawing myself this map, here it is!

Many of you were gratifyingly thrilled to see a map of the school included in this final book, but you’ll notice ti wasn’t this one.

Just as some insider trading: we actually discussed whether to use a full internal schematic of the dirigible or if it would be more helpful to have a professional redraw my sketch above.

In the end, we went with the schematic, as follows:

I did draw one of these too, but I’ve had it since the first book. Either way, I adore that Little Brown agreed to let me have a map in my book!

In other news,  I ran across this fan recently, and it occurred to me to wonder if there would be a commemorative fan for the ending of the mechanicals era.

The Fan Museum @TheFanMuseum
French fan (c.1770) commemorating the union of the Dauphin & #MarieAntoinette

Lindsay of Me on Books says of Manners & Mutiny: “As with the previous books, there is no shortage of mystery or deception, of truth-seeking or secret-uncovering. Of Picklemen-hunting or sootie friendship-making. But this is certainly the most dastardly plan Sophronia has ever had to untangle and thwart. The one that might reveal the most about this secretive intelligencer world of hers. The one that, if mishandled, might bring down society as they know it.”

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  1. {Scribbler} Skye said:

    I absolutely love the schematic!! Although after discovering it in the front of M&M I became so engrossed in its study that it took me a while to turn the page and read the actual story. 😉 Wish they would make a poster, I would love it for my wall!

  2. Susan Pola Staples said:

    Book four was fantastic. I really liked how all things came together and led to PP. A favourite moment was when Sophronia got the revelation about Madame Geraldine. Upon finishing it, I bemoaned the fact I had packed the PP (we're moving after 1 Jan., 2016). So I'm going to finish the Interlibrary Loan books on art history to return on 30 Dec. Wish there was a cat and an octopus tea infuser.

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