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At last, seeing the fruitlessness of our efforts, I withdrew. But the people returned and carried the corpses to the outlying districts, and a hue and cry was heard all through the night. The following morning, as though by magic, two thousand barricades made the insurrection fearsome. Fortunately, as the troop did not wish to fire on the National Guard, the day was not as bloody as might have been expected. All is now over. The Republic has been proclaimed. You know that this is good news for me.

The people will govern themselves. Cables and newspapers will have told you [Julie Marsan] all about the triumph of the republican order after four days of bitter struggle. I shall not give you any detail, even about me, because a single letter would not suffice. I shall just tell you that I have done my duty without ostentation or temerity. My only role was to enter the Faubourg Saint-Antoine after the fall of the first barricade, in order to disarm the fighters. As we went on, we managed to save several insurgents whom the militia wanted to kill.

One of my colleagues displayed a truly admirable energy in this situation, which he did not boast about from the rostrum. Eleven months after these events Bastiat was reelected to the Chamber, this time the newly created Legislative Assembly in which he sat from 28 May until he took a leave of absence on the grounds of ill health sometime in mid During this period he continued to work as vice president of the Finance Committee, but his activities in the Assembly were reduced because his deteriorating health meant that he was less able to speak in the Chamber.

All the while, he continued to work on his magnum opus on economic theory, Economic Harmonies. Although he gave fewer speeches in the Assembly, he was present to vote for the abolition of the tax on alcohol, for the right to form and join unions, for free trade in the wine industry, and against the power of the National University to set the curriculum for all schools. On 9 February Bastiat made his last appearance in the Chamber, speaking on behalf of the Finance Committee. He later sought a leave of absence on the grounds of ill health and spent his time writing, most notably What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen and the second part of Economic Harmonies.

Economic Sophisms and the other writings in this volume show Bastiat at his creative and journalistic best: his skill at mixing serious and amusing ways of making his arguments is unsurpassed; the quality of his insights into Edition: current; Page: [ lxxiii ] profound economic issues is often exceptional and sometimes well ahead of his time; his ability to combine his political lobbying for the Free Trade Movement, his journalism, his political activities during the Revolution, and his scholarly activities is most unusual; and his humor, wit, and literary knowledge, which he scatters throughout his writings, demonstrate that he deserves his reputation as one of the most gifted writers on economic matters who still deserves our close attention today.

In the second phase, some of the material was also published as stand-alone books or pamphlets, such as Economic Sophisms First and Second Series, which appeared in book form in early and , respectively, in slightly reworked form. In most cases Paillottet indicated in footnotes the place and date of the original publication of the essays, but in some cases he did not. That being said, we have not found any instance where Paillottet has been wrong except that the journal Jacques Bonhomme was published in June—July , not March ; 2 our main frustration is that his information is not as complete as we would like it to be.

Presumably the other is the true first edition which appeared in early possibly January The French printing history of the First Series is as follows: the first collection was published, according to Paillottet, at the end of probably December , but all the printed copies bear the date The First Series continued to be published as a separate volume until and the appearance of a fourth edition second edition in , third edition in For the other seven articles no previous publication details were given. Only one edition of the Second Series appeared as a separate volume, in The first edition to combine both the First and Second Series in a single volume was an edition of , which appeared simultaneously in Paris and Belgium.

Thereafter, the Second Series always appeared in print with the First Series. We have collected together in this volume a number of other writings by Bastiat which might well have been drawn upon had he lived long enough to compile a third series of Economic Sophisms. There is also another pamphlet which we think deserves to be included in our expanded collection of Economic Sophisms because of its similarities of style and content, namely, What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen.

In a footnote Paillottet provides us with these fascinating details. The importance which Bastiat must have placed on getting this work published is revealed by the enormous effort he expended in rewriting it Edition: current; Page: [ lxxviii ] from scratch twice at a time when his health was rapidly failing and when he was under considerable pressure to complete Economic Harmonies, which remained unfinished at his death.

The fourth edition of and the fifth edition of were both stand-alone books. In Paris, Henri Bellaire issued an edition with a biographical introduction and numerous notes For example, an English translation of Economic Edition: current; Page: [ lxxix ] Sophisms appeared in ; 8 in German, Dutch, Spanish, and Italian translations appeared; 9 saw a Danish edition 10 as well as an American edition with an introduction by Francis Lieber. Another American edition of Economic Sophisms which also included both series appeared in Chicago in as part of a movement against the post—Civil War tariffs which resulted from the Morrill tariff of It was translated very quickly into other languages soon after it appeared in French in , with a Dutch translation appearing in , Danish in , and German in From this period we have been able to find only two editions of his Economic Sophisms , a reprint of an English edition from 21 and an American edition which appeared toward the close of World War II, in The latter is noteworthy because of the introduction by the American libertarian author Rose Wilder Lane.

What modern science owes to Aristotle, a free world will someday owe to Bastiat. Since he wrote a century ago, his work cannot be regarded as party-policies now. It deals with fundamental principles of political economy which out-last all parties. He noted in his introduction that, like Bastiat, he wanted to debunk the economic sophisms he saw around him:. Other works were translated with the assistance of the William Volker Fund, and these appeared in along with a new biography of Bastiat written by Dean Russell in Jacques de Guenin. Cartography by Mapping Specialists, Madison, Wisconsin.

In political economy there is a lot to learn and very little to do. Bentham 2. In this small volume, I have sought to refute a few of the arguments against the deregulation of trade. This is not a conflict that I am entering into against protectionists. It is a principle that I am attempting to instill into the minds of sincere men who hesitate because they doubt.

Too many people fear freedom for this apprehension not to be sincere. This is setting my sights high, but I must admit that I would like this small work to become in some way a manual for men called upon to decide between the two principles. To release it from them, a long effort of analysis is required on each occasion, and not everyone has the time to carry out this task, least of all the legislators.

This is why I have tried to do it all at once. But, people will say, are the benefits of freedom so hidden that they are apparent only to professional economists? Yes, we agree that our opponents in the debate have a clear advantage over us. They can set out a half-truth in a few words, and to show that it is a half-truth we need long and arid dissertations.

This is in the nature of things. Protection brings together in one single point all the good it does and distributes among the wider mass of people the harm it inflicts. If you say: Here is a machine that has thrown thirty workers out into the street;. Or else: Here is a spendthrift who will stimulate all forms of industry;. Or lastly: The budget assures the livelihood of one hundred thousand families. You will be understood by everyone, and your statements are clear, simple, and true in themselves.

You may deduce the following principles from them:. And your theory will have all the more success in that you will be able to support it with irrefutable facts. We, on the other hand, cannot stick to one cause and its immediate effect. We know that this effect itself becomes a cause in its turn. To judge a measure, it is therefore necessary for us to follow it through a sequence of results up to its final effect.

And, since we must give utterance to the key word, we are reduced to reasoning. What are we to do, therefore? Call for patience and good faith in the reader and, if we are capable of this, cast into our deductions such vivid clarity that the truth and falsehood stand out starkly in order for victory to be won either by restriction or freedom, once and for all. In a criticism that was incidentally very benevolent, published by the Vicomte de Romanet 5 see the issues of Le Moniteur industriel dated 15 and 18 May , 6 he assumed that I was asking for customs dues to be abolished.

What I am asking for is the abolition of the protectionist regime. We do not refuse taxes to the government; what we would like, if possible, is to dissuade those being governed from taxing each other. But, people continue, it is not enough to destroy, you have to build. My view is that in the destruction of an error the truth is created.

After that, I have no hesitation in expressing my hope. I would like public opinion to be persuaded to ratify a customs law that lays down terms of approximately this order:. Furthermore, these distinctions are taken from an order of ideas that is totally foreign to political economy as such, and I am far from thinking that they are as useful and just as they are commonly supposed to be.

However, that is another story. What is better for mankind and society, abundance or scarcity? What, people will exclaim, is that a question to ask? Yes, that has been claimed; yes, it has been asserted. It is asserted every day, and I have no fear in saying that the theory of scarcity is by far the more popular. We therefore fear abundance. Has M. He therefore feared abundance. Do workers not smash machines? They are therefore terrified of excess production or, in other words, abundance. Well, bread can become expensive only if it becomes scarce; therefore M.

Bugeaud was recommending scarcity. Has not M. Do La Presse, Le Commerce, and the majority of daily newspapers 4 not publish one or more articles each morning to demonstrate to the Chambers and the government that it would be sound policy to raise the price of everything by law through the operation of tariffs? Do the three powers of state 5 not comply every day with this injunction from the regular press?

Now tariffs raise the price of things only because they decrease the quantity offered in the marketplace! Therefore the papers, the Chambers, and the government put into practice the theory of scarcity, and I was right to say that this theory is by far the most popular one.

How has it come about that in the eyes of workers, political writers, and statesmen abundance is shown as something to be feared and scarcity as being advantageous? I propose to go back to the source of this illusion. We note that men become rich to the extent that they earn a good return from their work, that is to say, from what they sell at the highest price. They sell at the highest price in proportion to the rarity, that is to say, the relative shortage, of the type of good their efforts produce.

We conclude from this that, as far as they are concerned at least, scarcity makes them rich. When this reasoning is applied successively to all people who work, the theory of scarcity is thereby deduced. From this we move to its application, and in order to benefit all these people, high prices and the scarcity of all goods are provoked artificially by means of prohibition, restriction, the suppression of machines, and other similar means.

This is also true for abundance. We observe that when a product is plentiful Edition: current; Page: [ 9 ] it is sold at a low price and therefore producers earn less. If all producers are in this situation, they all become poor, and it is therefore abundance that ruins society. And, since all beliefs attempt to become reality, in a great many countries, we see laws made by men combating the abundance of things. This sophism, expressed as a general statement, would perhaps have little effect; but when it is applied to a particular order of facts, to such and such a branch of production, or to a given class of workers, it is extremely specious, and this can be explained.

It is a syllogism that is not false but incomplete. Now, whatever truth there is in a syllogism is always and necessarily available to cognitive inspection. But the incomplete element is a negative phenomenon, a missing component which is very possible and even very easy not to take into account. Man produces in order to consume. He is both producer and consumer. The reasoning that I have just set out considers him only from the first of these points of view.

From the second, the opposite conclusion would have been reached. Could we not say in fact:. The consumer is all the richer when he buys everything cheaply. He buys things cheaply the more abundant they are; therefore abundance makes him rich. This reasoning, when extended to all consumers, would lead to the theory of abundance! It is the way in which the concept of trade is imperfectly understood that produces these illusions. If we look to our own personal interest, we will recognize immediately that it has a twin nature.

As sellers, our interest is in things being expensive and consequently that things should be scarce; as buyers, what counts is low prices or what comes to the same thing, that things should be abundant. We cannot therefore base a line of reasoning on one or the other of these interests without having established which of the two coincides and is identified with the general and constant interest of the human race. If man were a solitary animal, 6 if he worked exclusively for himself, if he consumed the fruit of his labor directly, in a word, if he did not trade, the theory of scarcity would never have been able to infiltrate the world.

It is only too obvious that abundance would be advantageous to him, from wherever it arose, either as the result of his industry or the ingenious tools or Edition: current; Page: [ 10 ] powerful machines that he had invented or through the fertility of the soil, the generosity of nature, or even a mysterious invasion of products which the waves brought from elsewhere and washed up on the beach.

Never would a solitary man, seeking to spur on his own work or to secure some support for it, envisage breaking tools that spared him effort or neutralizing the fertility of the soil or throwing back into the sea any of the advantageous goods it had brought him. He would easily understand that work is not an aim but a means, and that it would be absurd to reject the aim for fear of damaging the means. He would understand that if he devotes two hours a day to providing for his needs, any circumstance machine, fertility, free gift, or anything else that spares him one hour of this work, the result remaining the same, makes this hour available to him, and that he may devote it to increasing his well-being.

In a word, he would understand that sparing people work is nothing other than progress. But trade clouds our vision of such a simple truth. In a social state, with the division of labor it generates, the production and the consumption of an object are not combined in the same individual. Each person is led to consider his work no longer as a means but as an end.

With regard to each object, trade creates two interests, that of the producer and that of the consumer, and these two interests are always in direct opposition to each other. Let us take a producer, any producer; what is his immediate interest? It lies in these two things, 1. What is the immediate interest of the consumer?

That the supply of the product in question should be extensive and demand restrained. Since these two interests are contradictory, one of them has of necessity to coincide with the social or general interest while the other runs counter to it. But which should legislation favor as being the expression of public good, if indeed it has to favor one?

To know this, you need only examine what would happen if the secret desires of men were accomplished. As producers, it must be agreed, each of us has antisocial desires. Are we vine growers? We would be little displeased if all the vines in the world froze, except for ours: that is the theory of scarcity. Are we the owners of foundries? Edition: current; Page: [ 11 ] We would want there to be no other iron on the market than what we brought to it, whatever the needs of the public might be, and with the deliberate intention that this public need, keenly felt and inadequately met, would result in our receiving a high price: that is also the theory of scarcity.

Are we farm workers? We would say, with M. Are we doctors? Given that we are doctors, our secret desires are antisocial. I do not mean to say that doctors formulate such desires. I prefer to believe that they would joyfully welcome a universal panacea; but this sentiment reveals not the doctor but the man or Christian who, in self-denial, puts himself in the situation of the consumer.

As one who exercises a profession and who draws his well-being from this profession, his consideration and even the means of existence of his family make it impossible for his desires, or if you prefer, his interests not to be antisocial. Do we manufacture cotton cloth? We would like to sell it at a price most advantageous to us.

We would readily agree that all rival factories should be prohibited, and while we do not dare to express this wish publicly or pursue its total achievement with any chance of success, we nevertheless succeed to a certain extent through devious means, for example, by excluding foreign fabrics in order to reduce the quantity on offer, and thus produce, through the use of force, a scarcity of clothing to our advantage. We could go through all forms of industry in this way, and we would always find that producers as such have antisocial views. The very honor and practice of ministers of religion are drawn from our death and vices.

No doctor takes pleasure in the health even of his friends nor soldiers in peace in the town, and so on. It follows from this that if the secret wishes of each producer were realized the world would regress rapidly into barbarism. Sail would outlaw steam, oars would outlaw sail and would soon have to give up transport in favor of carts, carts would yield to mules, and mules to human carriers of bales.

Wool would exclude cotton and cotton exclude wool and so on, until a scarcity of everything had made man himself disappear from the face of the earth. Let us suppose for a moment that legislative power and public force were put at the disposal of the Mimerel Committee, 8 and that each of the members making up this association had the right to require it to propose and sanction one little law: is it very difficult to guess to what codes of production the public would be subjected?

If we now consider the immediate interest of the consumer we will find that it is in perfect harmony with the general interest and with what the well-being of humanity demands. When a buyer enters the market, he wants to find it with an abundance of products. That the seasons are propitious to all harvests, that increasingly wonderful inventions bring a greater number of products and satisfactions within reach, that time and work are saved, that distance dissolves, that a spirit of peace and justice allows the burden of taxes to be reduced, and that barriers of all sorts fall: in all this the immediate interest of the consumer runs parallel with the public interest properly understood.

He may elevate his secret desires to the level of illusion or absurdity without his desires ceasing to be humanitarian. He may want bed and board, hearth and home, education and the moral code, security and peace, and strength and health to be obtained effortlessly, without work or measure, like dust in the road, water in the stream, the air or the light that surrounds us, without the achievement of such desires being contrary to the good of society. Perhaps people will say that if these desires were granted, the work of the producer would be increasingly restricted and would end by ceasing for lack of sustenance.

Why, though? Because, in this extreme supposition, all imaginable needs and all desires would be completely satisfied. Man, like the Almighty, would create everything by a single act of will. Would someone like to tell me, on such an assumption, what would there be to complain about in productive economic activity?

I imagined just now a legislative assembly made up of workers, 9 of which each member would formulate into law his secret desire as a producer, and I said that the code that would emerge from this assembly would be systematic monopoly, the theory of scarcity put into practice. In the same way, a Chamber in which each person consults only his immediate interest as a consumer would lead to the systematic establishment of freedom, the suppression of all restrictive measures, and the overturning of all artificial barriers, in a word, the realization of the theory of abundance.

That to consult the immediate interest of production alone is to consult an antisocial interest;. That to make the immediate interest of consumption the exclusive criterion is to adopt the general interest. May I be allowed to stress this point of view once more at the risk of repeating myself? There is radical antagonism between sellers and buyers. Sellers want the object of the sale to be scarce, in short supply and at a high price;. Buyers want it to be abundant, available everywhere at a low price.

The laws, which ought at least to be neutral, take the side of sellers against buyers, of producers against consumers, of high prices against low prices, 11 and of scarcity against abundance. They act, if not intentionally, at least in terms of their logic, according to this given assumption: A nation is rich when it lacks everything. To do this, we have to raise its price. To raise its price, the supply has to be restricted, and to restrict the supply is to create scarcity.

Let me further suppose that on the following day all the barriers that prevent the introduction into France of foreign products are overturned. Lastly, in order to assess the result of this reform, let me suppose that three months later, a new inventory is taken. Is it not true that we would find in France more wheat, cattle, cloth, canvas, iron, coal, sugar, etc. This is so true that our protective customs duties have no other aim than to prevent all of these things from reaching us, to restrict their supply and to prevent a decrease in their price and therefore their abundance.

Now, I ask you, are the people better fed under the empire of our laws because there is less bread, meat, and sugar in the country? Are they better clad because there is less yarn, canvas, and cloth? Are they better heated because there is less coal?

Are they better assisted in their work because there is less iron and copper, fewer tools and machines? But people will say: if foreigners swamp us with their products, they will carry off our money. What does it matter? Men do not eat money; they do not clothe themselves with gold, nor heat themselves with silver. What does it matter if there is more or less money in the country, if there is more bread on the sideboard, more meat on the hook, more linen in the cupboards, and more wood in the woodshed? If you agree, you are admitting by this very fact that you are doing the people as much harm as you can.

If you do not agree, then you are denying that you have restricted supply and caused prices to rise, and consequently you are denying that you have favored producers. You are either disastrous or ineffective. You cannot be useful. The obstacle taken for the cause—scarcity taken for abundance: this is the same sophism under another guise.

It is a good thing to examine it from all sides. Between his destitution and the satisfaction of his needs there is a host of obstacles, which it is the purpose of work to overcome. It is an intriguing business trying to find how and why these same obstacles to his well-being have become in his eyes the cause of his well-being. I need to transport myself a hundred leagues away. But between the points of departure and arrival there are mountains, rivers, marshes, impenetrable forests, evildoers, in a word, obstacles, and in order to overcome these obstacles I have to make a great deal of effort or, what comes to the same thing, others have to make a great deal of effort and have me pay the price for this.

It is clear that in this respect I would have been in a better situation if these obstacles did not exist. To go through life and travel along the long succession of days that separates the cradle from the tomb, man needs to assimilate a prodigious quantity of food, protect himself against the inclemency of the seasons, and preserve himself from or cure himself of a host of ills. Hunger, thirst, illness, heat, and cold are so many obstacles that lie along his way.

In his solitary state, he will have to combat them all by means of hunting, fishing, growing crops, spinning, weaving, and building houses, and it is clear that it would be better for him if there were fewer of these obstacles, or even none at all. In society, he does not have to confront each of these obstacles personally; others do this for him, and in return he removes one of the obstacles surrounding his fellow men.

It is also clear that, taking things as a whole, it would be better for men as a group, that is, for society, that the obstacles should be as insignificant and as few as possible. However, if we examine social phenomena in detail, and the sentiments of men as they have been altered by trade, we soon see how they have managed to confuse needs with wealth and obstacles with causes.

The division of labor, a result of the ability to trade, has meant that each person, instead of combating on his own all the obstacles that surround him, combats only one, and this, not for himself but for the benefit of all his fellow men, who in turn render him the same service. The greater, more serious, more keenly felt this obstacle is, the more his fellow men will be ready to pay him for removing it, that is to say, to remove on his behalf the obstacles that stand in his way.

A doctor, for example, does not occupy himself in baking his bread, manufacturing his instruments, weaving, or making his clothes. Others do this for him, and in return he does battle with the illnesses that afflict his patients. The more numerous, severe, and recurrent these illnesses are, the more willing or even obliged people are to work for his personal advantage.

All producers reason in the same way with regard to things that concern them. Shipowners make their profit from the obstacle known as distance, farmers from that known as hunger, cloth manufacturers from that known as cold. Teachers live on ignorance, gem cutters on vanity, lawyers on greed, notaries on the possibility of dishonesty, just as doctors depend on the illnesses suffered by men. It is thus very true that each Edition: current; Page: [ 17 ] occupation has an immediate interest in the continuation or even the extension of the particular obstacle that is the object of its efforts.

Seeing this, theoreticians come along and develop a theory based on these individual sentiments. Increasing the number of obstacles is to give sustenance to production. Next, statesmen come along. They have the coercive power of the state at their disposal, and what is more natural than for them to make use of it to develop and propagate obstacles, since this is also to develop and propagate wealth?

This obstacle will be keenly felt and will make people ready to pay to be relieved of it. A certain number of our fellow citizens will devote themselves to combating it, and this obstacle will make their fortune. The greater it is, the scarcer the mineral or the more it is inaccessible, difficult to transport, and far from the centers of consumption, the more all this activity, with all its ramifications, will employ men. Let us keep out foreign iron, therefore; let us create the obstacle in order to create the work of combating it.

This is an obstacle; here are other men whose occupation is to remove it by manufacturing barrels. It is thus a good thing that this obstacle exists, since it supplies a part of national work and enriches a certain number of our fellow citizens. However, here comes an ingenious machine that fells oak trees, squares them and divides them into a host of staves, assembles these and transforms them into containers for wine. The obstacle has become much less and with it the wealth of coopers. Let us maintain both through a law. Let us forbid the machine. In order to get to the bottom of this sophism you need only say to yourself that human work is not an aim but a means.

It never remains unused. If it lacks one obstacle, it turns to another, and the human race is freed from two obstacles by the same amount of work that removed a single one. If ever the work of coopers became superfluous, they would turn to something else. To say that human labor will be brought to an end for lack Edition: current; Page: [ 18 ] of employment you would have to prove that the human race will cease to encounter obstacles. If that happened, work would not only be impossible, it would be superfluous. We would have nothing left to do because we would be all-powerful and we would just have to utter a fiat for all our needs and desires to be satisfied.

We have just seen that there are obstacles between our needs and their satisfaction. We manage to overcome them or to reduce them by using our various faculties. In a very general way, we may say that production is an effort followed by a result. But against what is our well-being or wealth measured? Is it on the result of the effort?

Is it on the effort itself? There is always a ratio between the effort employed and the result obtained. Does progress consist in the relative increase of the second or of the first term of this relationship? Both of these theses have been advocated; in political economy, they divide the field of opinion.

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They are pictured here with Dome. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Parents can even sign up as cheer- Are the books published in the right order? Any explanations? Buster says: Yes, the books are published in the right order, but sadly when the last book was published in , Enid's health and memory had started to suffer.

There was a four year gap from Strange Messages published in , so four years between books, one can understand Enid's failure to remember certain things within the series. April 29, - Brendan Fitzpatrick says: I recently spent a week in Dorset and bought a book regarding Enid's love of the area and how some of her books gave her inspiration from the area including Corfe Castle and a certain policeman in Swanage.

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I am also a fan of Malcolm Saville, he was more precise in his locations which were based in actual places but I had a great walking holiday, but alas I did not find any hidden treasure or catch any smugglers, still the cream teas were great. Buster says: Dorset is a lovely area, Brendan, and Enid spent many holidays in Swanage. April 24, - Chrissy says: Hello I'm interested to learn about which of Enids words were changed or left out so as not to offend people in her books ie "travellers" instead of "gypsies" and I read somewhere the words "black as a Spaniard" were omitted.

I'm in favour of reading what she actually wrote. I only had 1 Secret Seven book as a child but would have devoured the lot given the chance. However I'm making up for it now by reading the Famous Five series and enjoying them very much at the age of 67! Many thanks. Daisy says: Pleased to hear you are still enjoying Enid's books, Chrissy. These days Enid's books have been updated to make them more PC, but as I haven't read any of the PC corrections, I don't know which words are changed. Like yourself I still prefer to read Enid's books as she wrote them many years ago.

Our Sister site maybe able to help on that subject, if you view the forums Enid Blyton Society. April 20, - Hammy says: Thanks Daisy. I just checked the EB Society and read that the 3rd book of the Wishing Chair the one you said was published in was a compilation of removed chapters. That explains everything! Thanks once again for helping.

April 20, - Hammy says: Hello again. Another story sequence question. I bought The Wishing Chair series in individual book form i. DEAN did not number the stories on the cover so I decided to paste some sticky paper and label them on my own. There is no doubt that The Adventures of the Wishing Chair is the first book. The problem is which should be the second book. The list of other stories in the first page of the books showed that The Wishing Chair Again is the second book, followed by More Wishing Chair Stories. I would have put More Wishing Chair Stories as the second book because somewhere in the middle Chapter "The last adventure of all" it was told that the children are going to a boarding school for the first time.

There is also the colour of the chairs wings, which I won't go into detail here or this will be an extremely long post. Thank you. April 19, - Hammy says: Hello everyone! But Mammoth put The Folk as the second book. This has puzzled me for more than 10 years. I just need confirmation that my reasoning is right and Mammoth made a mistake; or that I missed something and Mammoth's sequence of the stories is right after all. Thanks very much!! April 2, - Paul Austin says: For whatever reason, I got confused as a child - probably because of Princess Bongawee - and thought that Bets was really Portuguese - well she had to have been of exotic ancestry to pass for an exotic child princess.

At least that how my mind went. March 3, - Christopher Black says: I am trying to find a particular copy of Enid Blyton's magazine from the mid 50s in which she published a letter from me which I wrote to her as a young child growing up in South Africa. Unfortunately I have no idea of the date or edition. If you can suggest how or where I might be able to track down the copy which contains my letter to her Christopher Black , I'd be grateful for any advice anyone can give me. Buster says: The magazines are now quite rare, Christopher.

Occasionally some go up on Ebay for sale, but there were many printed in the 50's. You could try our sister site and ask on there also. Some of the Society Members do have these magazines, so it would be worth while asking. Hope you find the magazine in which your letter is printed. Enid Blyton Society. February 21, - Paul Austin says: Given Enid's long running fight with the BBC, do any of her stories the ones set in "the real world unless specified" mention the BBC as an institution?

Buster says: I don't think we really know. We know he was a young puppy when George found him on the moors, and she says that was a year ago, in the first Famous Five Book. I really enjoyed that book and would love to see a review. Buster says: There is a review of this book on our sister site, Scot. February 13, - Swati says: Enid Blyton books are amazing. I have all the 15 mysteries of The 5 Find Outers and the Dog. I grew up reading these series and I developed a taste for mystery novels.

Even today sometimes I read them. Enid Blyton's books were my first step towards mystery novel world. February 7, - Mark says: Trying to find the origin of 'Gypo' as used by the 4ship formation of the Red Arrows as the 5ship formation is named 'Enid' after Enid Blyton. Wondered if it was a character in one of her books?

Daisy says: I don't know Mark, maybe someone reading this knows. I have watched this and heard the "leader of the pack" speak of it, and it's fantastic to watch. Reds are known as 'Gypo', the nickname of one of the pilots back in the 60s. December 19, - petes says: A pore old gardener said, "Ah me! My days is almost done. I've got rheumatics in me knee, And now it's hard to run. I've got a measle in my foot, And chilblains on my nose, And bless me if I haven't got, Pneumonia in my toes. All my hair has fallen out, My teeth have fallen in, I'm really getting rather stout, Although I'm much too thin.

My nose is deaf, my ears are dumb, My tongue is tied in knots, And now my barrow and my spade, Have all come out in spots. My watering can is. Daisy says: Thank you Pete. I'd forgotten this poem from Fatty. December 19, - Pam Stoller says: Enid Blyton wrote a poem in one of her books, a clue to something perhaps.

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It was called "A Poor Old Gardener". I cannot remember the whole thing but it was brilliant and I need to find it to relearn it. Can you help me out? Daisy says: Enid wrote many poems so hopefully someone reading this may be able to help you. You could also try our sister site too. December 6, - Paul Austin says: I hate the oppressive summer weather. Sometimes I think the shops and stores are mocking us with their fake snow and frost sprayed windows and Santa in his winter suit.

If he wears that suit on an Australian December 25th, when houses are still hot from the day, old Saint Nick will get heat stroke. I remember reading about them in Enid Blyton's Big Book, in about Buster says: Thank you for that bit of info, Susan. I may take a look at that story myself. November 26, - Julie Heginbotham says: Glad you enjoyed my continuation stories, Aniruddha. As Daisy says, I have a few more continuation stories over on the sister site, but those stories are not Fatty and Co in retirement, they are aged as they are in Enid's books.

You may also be interested to know that I have written a book of my own called - The Mysterious Boy - Julie Robinson, which you can see a picture of and a link to the book on the left hand side of this home page, along with other advertisements. November 26, - Aniruddha says: Hi, I found this site quite recently and just lost myself reliving my childhood reading Enid Blyton's books. What is even better were the continuation stories written by the authors to my favourite adventure series - Five Find-Outers and the Famous Five.

I loved the books by Ms. Julie and once again found myself lost in a sleepy little village where the adventure never stops. Will more stories be forthcoming? Also, as a side note, as I was reading down the list, I noticed that the link to the story "Five Grow Very Old Together" by Liz Filluel is broken - any chance it can be fixed. I really wanted to read it. In any case, just love the fanfic put up and hope more are in the works fingers crossed.

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Daisy says: Glad you have found Enid Blyton again, Aniruddha. It's always good to re-read these books from childhood and enjoy them. You will find more continuation stories about the Five Found-Outers, written by Julie Heginbotham over on this sister site, but you will have to join the Society to be able to read these continuation stories, and you will receive a Society Journal three times a year when you join.

Link below. It has been reported to our Chief Inspector! November 24, - Jill T says: Hi, I'm trying to remember the book or series? An early chapter involved the group voting to determine their leader. Can anyone help please? Buster says: I'm sure someone can, when they read this message. And you may want to check out our sister site.

It's always sad when people pass away at a young age. I wonder what you all think of her portrayal? Buster says: I like Jo the gypsy girl very much, and she makes a great addition to the Five books. November 22, - Paul Austin says: T, I've had my creative writing stories rejected by university magazines. I just kept on writing until one was accepted. Daisy is right that Enid was tenacious and would not have been put off.

November 21, - T says: I am doing a project of Enid Blyton at school and I am just wondering what she did with the stories that got rejected by magazines. Daisy says: As we don't really know what Enid may have done, I would imagine that she would have just kept on writing and not have been put off by mere rejections. November 17, - Paul Austin says: Joanna, Santa in shorts, eating prawns is good but I still don't like hot weather. Especially the shops having fake snow and frost, and Santa in his winter suit.

November 16, - Joanna says: Paul my work mate is from England. I said to her one Christmas I would love a"White Christmas". To which she replied "Would you love digging your car out of 4 foot of snow? Any way I'm a true blue aussie who loves 40 degree summers. November 12, - libby says: I love Enid Blytons books.

My personal favourite is Malory Towers. Summers are long and hot. In , when my British pen pal phoned me in December, I tried to explain how hot the house was from the day's heat, and she started laughing. September 26, - Paul says: Thank you, Javier. I was a Cub Scout myself 2nd Mitcham. September 26, - Javier says: Hello Paul. Best wishes to all Blyton fans! September 11, - Steve Wiseman says: I write to you as someone who loves and appreciates art and literature depicting wildlife, rural life, culture and social heritage in twentieth century Britain as much as we do.

Those introduced to it tend to fall in love with its beauty and quality just about immediately. Eileen Soper, whose achievements included being the youngest ever exhibitor at The Royal Academy, was the major illustrator for Enid Blyton and a celebrated wildlife author and illustrator. Our reason for getting in touch now is that we are seeking donations toward our Appeal to establish The Soper Heritage Art Gallery and Education Centre, so we can permanently exhibit and use this outstanding body of art and literary work, including Eileen's illustrations for Enid Blyton's books.

We are registered charity, reg So, our need for donations is indeed urgent! We want to make sure the property isn't put on the open market, so losing to developers this great opportunity. Please could you consider a donation to help us reach our target? Any sum would be so much appreciated. Please see our website for instructions on how you can pay. CO10 9RW. Inspector Jenks says And just the usual disclaimer that EnidBlyton. We're simply posting a request and a link to their website. That said, do take a look at their website if only to enjoy the amazing artwork!

September 6, - Kenneth says: Now that we've slipped into autumn, I was thinking back on how the season's influenced my choice of reading material. Favourites would be the Kirrin adventures especially. Another favourite was "Go Down to the Sea" particularly during August when we tended to get a storm with a summer gale. As Autumn and Winter set in the scene would be set for the Mystery books to take preference and looking back I notice that the majority are set in gloomy weather with visits to the dairy for cocoa and macaroons whereas with the Famous Five it was generally ginger beer and ices.

However my all time favourite is " The Mystery of the Hidden House" with its atmospheric night-time excursions to Christmas Hill, Goons treatment of poor Ern and the general gloomy atmosphere attached to the book. On re-reading it's almost Dickensian. Any other views on Blytons seasonal influence. Daisy says: Nice choices, Kenneth. Certainly she'd mentioned in passing of her visit to Marian's grandad the day before when he was robbed, but she was wondering as to how Fatty had known of it. The reason is of course that Mr. Henri had given the boy a list of all those he'd seen calling at the Hollies and on it was 'Lady with papers or magazines,' who was deduced as being the Vicar's sister.

Not wanting to give anything away, Fatty simply answered the query put to him with, "Oh, I just heard that you did. Daisy says: Thank you, TG. I would have checked this out myself, but the book wasn't at hand at that time. September 4, - Poppy says: Have been re-reading the Find-Outers. Noticed this mistake - funny that the editors didn't catch it either. It's from the Mystery of Holly Lane. The vicar's sister herself mentions that she was at the old man's house prior to the robbery, then just a few sentences later, she asks Fatty how he knew she had been there. It's about that poor old man whose money has been stolen.

I and my friends happened to be the first ones to help him when he discovered his loss. It was going so loudly that I could hardly hear myself speak! Everything seemed just as usual," said the kindly-faced woman. Daisy says: I must read that section of the book, Poppy. I've never noticed it before. September 4, - TG says: In answer to Janet's question, the only white golliwog I can think of is that unfortunate chap who was wafted away on a kite.

At journey's end some ducks started chasing him so he hid in a bucket containing whitewash, whereupon his face hands and feet became bleached. Daisy says: Thank you for that information, TG. September 2, - janet says: I have been looking for "The White Golliwog" could you possibly help me to find it.

August 11, - Brendan Fitzpatrick says: I am 66 now and still love reading books by Enid. I go on a lot of walking holidays and tend to read a Blyton book on the way there and back on the train or plane, its nice and relaxing. I have two books for my next trip,Five have a mystery to solve and The river of adventure. I have not read them for over 50 years. Fatty says: A great idea, Brendan. Enjoy the books and your holiday! August 11, - Rashmi says: Hello,folks and all admirers and fans of one of the greatest writers of children"s books.

Today is the st birth anniversary of this evergreen author of more than books to her credit. If information is right, Enid Blyton was born on the 11th of August and still rules the world of magic and enchantment in the hearts of millions who have read her books. Today I pay my eternal respects to her and express my admiration for this great author, who was and still is an essential part of my self and will always be.

Let all of us who feel similarly collectively pay our tributes to her. Daisy says: Happy Birthday, Enid. July 29, - Rashmi says: I agree with Fatty that village life in England had a great charm and enchantment of its own from what I read in the books of Enid Blyton. But if there is a book that truly captures this I must read it, even today. Could I be helped on this, please? July 29, - Rashmi says: I read the posts of Lotte Baker and Hermione Granger among others, nothing could be truer.

Enid Blyton will always remain the absolute queen of children books. I urge all children of todays harsh machine age of stick to reading the books of this all time great writer, it will keep them human with good qualities of heart and head. Magic,adventure,schools,mystery,family,and yes-philosophy,this great writer was sent by God to give lovers of good reading thousands of books that have captivated, educated and uplifted countless minds-young to old.

I was started on her books in and even today I crave for them. I pray that the golden age of her books come back again and never go. July 29, - Nigel says: Sandrina. The world is a big place. I think you might need to narrow it down somewhat! July 29, - Telstar says: Hi. I see listings from with light blue and black title, and dark blue and white title? Thanks for any help! Fatty says: The boards were red with black printing. July 23, - Sandrina says: Hello fellow Blytonians Is anybody interested in meeting up for coffee and chat about all the books?

Buster says: Enid wrote many Christmas stories, and I guess each person has their own personal favourite. July 15, - Julie Robinson says: Thank you, Steph, so pleased you enjoyed my book, which is advertised here on the Home Page on the left hand side of the page, and is available on Amazon and most books shops here in the UK will order for you.

Brilliant book as good as any Blyton I have read. A must read for any reader. Daisy says: That's nice to hear, Steph. I will pass on your comments to Julie, who we know well here, at Enid Blyton. July 13, - Brendan Fitzpatrick says: I find it hard to figure out the comment by Paul regarding Enid and Michael Jackson,they had little in common,I love reading the Blyton books many years after I first read them. I have no interest whatsoever with the latter.

Daisy says: I don't think they had anything in common either! July 4, - Paul says: Enid and Michael Jackson are alike in that both were emotionally damaged by traumatic experiences and sought to find comfort and healing in recreating the childhood they'd missed. Fatty says: Hmm, possibly - but from far different backgrounds. Michael wasn't an only child and had siblings for support. June 26, - Javier says: Hello everyone! In his review of The Mystery of the Missing Necklace, Keith Robinson points out that Mr Goon seems to leave the old deaf man in jail for several days out of anger and frustration.

In fact, Mr Goon tells Fatty that he is keeping the old deaf man locked up so he cannot warn the jewel thieves. Daisy says: It is only fiction, Javier, and so laws in a children's fiction book can be altered to suit what the writer is trying to say. Law in reality is totally different. Also when this book was first published in , the police laws were also slightly different as of today. June 25, - khadija says: I love Enid Blyton. She was such a good woman.

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She used to write good interesting stories for children. This group made me learn many things. June 24, - TG says: Thanks to Pete for the info - I've often wondered what the consolation prizes were. As the publication date has been extended to May or June, and as it's now June, let's hope there'll be yet another biography flooding the markets shortly.

An interesting titbit from pre-publication data released by the author is as follows "A wealth of material was discovered when the British Library put online some years of local and regional newspapers from its archives. Some of the chapters are now enlarged with the fortuitous finds. Before he went to Malvern he was at the same kindergarten as Enid Blyton in Beckenham. After her death in he wrote to The Times saying that he could probably claim to be the only person who had played the March Hare to Miss Blyton's Alice" Dec.

Haven't the faintest idea what a 'Classical Demy' is. In lighter vein: If a dog bit you or me, it'd be of scant interest, but when Enid Blyton suffered the experience, it made The Times! June 24, - petes says: TG - My consolation prize was a reading light - I have never personally felt the book was going to be free for me as I made a generous donation to Brian's crowdfunding venture which he confirmed by email along with his thanks - Brian also promised I would receive my copy of the book when it was published.

An updated publication date from Brian would be most helpful as it is now Sunday June 24th Regards Pete. This is not yet possible of course, but at least Suzanne of Shropshire who won the second monthly competition is down as being the winner of an 'MSI U Notebook. Actually, an additional note confirms they've all been sent, so now I'm curious, as we all might be, to know what they were.

Amongst the participants, Pete of course would have possessed an advantage see above and he might also be regarded as somewhat of an expert in the field. Incidentally, a 'notebook' first prize doesn't seem much of an article to win after blowing one's brains out to solve a quiz question, but in this modern day and age 'notebook' might refer to something else. Some up to date communication from Brian on this matter would be really most appreciated.

Daisy says: Yes, it would be nice if Brian did give an update, Pete. June 14, - TG says: Two messages that refer to 'Enid Blyton - The Untold Story' could leave those who've contributed to the 'Gofundme' facility feeling a little impatient. Update: Because the process took longer than expected, the publication date provisionally announced as February, is now carried forward to sometime in May or June Incidentally the 'Gofundme' page for 'EnidBlytonbio' is no longer there!

The name of the enterprise to be created is: Bloomsfield Publishing" - and it goes on to illustrate how the money will be used this contains about fifteen headings and will also cover "Commissioning a reputable independent Publishing Services Provider in London to prepare the book for publication. Dated Five so far. June 11, - Debjani says: My entire childhood is reading Enid Blyton. My first book was The Mountain of Adventure. Every book, every story, took me on a journey outside of myself and into a world peopled with the inimitable Blyton characters.

My favourite character is and always will be George, along with faithful old Timmy. There was a time when I actually believed they were real and when I was cruelly disabused of that notion, I remember looking up into the clouds and thinking - 'that's where they are, they will always be there'. I love George and Famous Five and everything Enid Blyton, I miss my childhood that was laced with such gorgeous reading. It's a place that will remain untarnished. Fatty says: I am sure many of us felt exactly the same, Debjani. A most interesting post.

Is now carried forward to sometime in May or June Best Wishes Pete. Daisy says: I hope Brian will read this Pete, if not we'll get the updates checked out for you. The Sea Anemone is down as a 'queer flower,' and a few trees are mentioned. Wonder if we'll be informed as to why this particular inventory is required?

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Fatty says: Thanks, TG. Yes, I was wondering what was behind the question as well. May 19, - Justme says: Can someone advise what year the disastrous PC revisions have been made to Enid Blyon's books? My first child is now just old enough to start reading The Enchanted Wood, and and I find out they've been butchered. There's not even the option to buy it uncensored!

Are we burning books next? I'm a bit cranky. Can anyone give more info on publishing dates that are safe? I'll buy second hand. Daisy says: I'm not sure when some of the books were updated to make them more PC of today, Justme, but you can still buy the original books from second hand book shops and many are on Ebay and Abe Books. I do hope you can find the books you are looking for. May 18, - Allison says: Hi, could you tell me what plants were mentioned in the adventures of Pip? Daisy says: I'm afraid I don't know the answer to that one, so I'm hoping that someone else reading your question can help you, Allison.

May 10, - Alex says: Greetings from Russia. Liked to read Enid Blyton books in childhood, especially The Five Find-Outers Series and it was so cool to find these books in the original language and re-read them again now. Daisy says: Enid lived in various homes as an author.

The most famous ones are Old Thatch in Bourne End. You can still see the cottage but sadly you can't visit inside the garden as it is a private residence. Enid then moved to Green Hedges over in Beaconsfield, but again sadly the house was demolished but you can visit where it once stood in Enid Blyton Close. If you visit the model village there in Beaconsfield, there is a model of Enid's once house - Green Hedges. If you want to read more about Enid and where she lived as a child, you can visit our sister site and read all about Enid in the section - Author of Adventure.

April 29, - Paul Austin says: There's an official site aimed at kids about Enid run by Hachette who control most of her works sans Noddy. April 24, - Nithya says: Wow. It's been years since I've visited this site. I can't imagine what life would be like without Enid Blyton's books- especially all the adventure and mystery ones. They're my greatest inspiration. I was obsessed over Fatty's awesome disguise skills and every other character of the book. I can't think how much Enid Blyton's books have helped me: They've led to me writing my first full length novel, they've encouraged me to be happy.

It's awesome. From Nithya, 15 years old, from India. Daisy says: Nice to hear that you've had so much inspiration from Enid's books, Nithya. Fatty says: It's been almost three years since your last post - welcome back! April 16, - Paul Austin says: I live in the central north of Tasmania and the demographics of the area are about years older than I am.

It's a retirement home disguised as a small town. Fatty says: Paul obviously knows little about village life in England!


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Having said that, I agree that school life has no place in Enchanted Wood stories. April 13, - Paul Austin says: Also a village school would be much more boring than a town or suburban school. Going to school is like asking if characters spend a penny - it's not important to the story so it doesn't come up!

April 13, - Jackie says: True Fatty! Much more interesting things to learn in the lands at the top of the Faraway Tree than going to school! No talk of ever inviting friends from school to come and visit. So maybe Jo, Bessie and Fanny are home schooled! April 12, - Jackie says: I grew up with the Faraway Tree books and I am really enjoying re reading Jo, Bessie and Fanny's adventures to my 5 year old daughter.

Now I'm an adult however reading them again I find it curious that there is no mention of school! Do we assume that Jo, Bessie and Fanny didn't go to school and just helped their parents at home with he housework and gardening? Fatty says: Would you talk about school if you had access to the Enchanted Wood? Much more exciting things to do! So I picked up the book to read with my grand daughter and wife, Read the rear, Turned it over and burst out laughing.

You know at least Two people at Hodder and Stroughton had to have looked at and approved the picture. Not sure if this was an original picture, but if it was, why use it again with such a glaring error. The telescope is back to front. You look through the small end, not the large end. LOL A term Enid often uses in her books.


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Or put another way, you can't fix stupid. I'm really not sure whether to be amused, bemused or just sad at the incredibly low level of attention to detail and control by the publishes. I have also noticed errors in the previous Five books to. Although I am not going back to find them.


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Perhaps on the next read around, I will note them. Still, looking forward to reading book Six again after so many years. Fatty says: You also seem to suffer with a low attention to detail regarding spelling! The edition to which you refer is a facsimile edition showing the original cover from the first edition of All editions.

April 4, - Stacey says: I've always loved Enid Blyton and my favourite memories involve staying at my nans after going to the library and getting the Famous Five books, back then they were blue hardback with a picture on the front, I have been trying to find them but can't as I loved the format. I have just recently re read the mystery series and have read some of be fan fiction on here. Great site. Daisy says: Glad you are enjoying our fan fic, Stacey. Reading Blyton brings back a lot of many happy childhood memories for all of us. Fatty says: Stacey, have a look at all editions here.

April 3, - petes says: Regarding Enid Blyton - The Untold Story by Brian Carter: I was most pleased to read on Brian's webpage listed here that after an extremely long wait the book may be published around May or June I look forward to Brian sending me my promised copy so I can review it and hopefully generate lots of sales for him!

April 2, - Elena says: Happy Easter to all the Enid fans. I hope I will be able to participate in your discussions. I am a great fan of Enid Blyton's books and Fatty is my favourite character. March 15, - Manya says: It's been ages since I've been on here, but I just realized at the age of ten, when I was first here, till, I'd read about all of Blyton series and then some. It might have been ages 6 years but I haven't lost the fake British accent I'm Asian.

March 11, - Sam says: I just finished reading the Mystery of the Stolen Secrets, and enjoyed it very much in itself. The author has generally been faithful to the rhythm and general progress of the originals, though there are some slight changes. However, I must say that the language and phraseology used is very different to the originals, and probably not in keeping with that used by children of that age in that era.