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By Mary Norton Borrowers are a group of small people who live in the homes of humans. They The boy comes to the Borrowers' rescue and they are able to. The Borrowers. By Mary Norton. Suggestions and Expectations. This curriculum unit can be used in a variety of ways. Each chapter of the novel study focuses on . Look at the book cover for 'The Borrowers' at the front of this unit. Discuss http://

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Editorial Reviews. Review. Anyone who has ever entertained the notion of "little people" living furtively among us will adore this artfully spun. The Borrowers. Based on the books by Mary Norton. Adapted for the stage by Charles Way. SEPT 30 - OCT 31, AGES 8+. Grades 3+. SEASON. The Borrowers--the Clock family: Homily, Pod, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Arrietty, to be precise--are tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor of an old English country manor. The British author Mary Norton won the Carnegie Medal for The Borrowers in , the.

The Borrowers Series. The Borrowers is a series of children's fantasy novels by Mary Norton about tiny people who live in the homes of big people and "borrow" things to survive while keeping their existence unknown. Book 1. The Borrowers by Mary Norton. Beneath the kitchen floor is the world of the Bor… More.

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Beneath the kitchen floor is the world of the Bor… More. Want to Read. Shelving menu. Shelve The Borrowers. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Rate it:. Book 2. The Borrowers Afield by Mary Norton. Driven out of their cozy house by the rat catcher… More. Shelve The Borrowers Afield. Book 3. They are reduced to living out of doors, braving the elements and enduring the myriad dangers, which, as Pod warns Arrietty, are always present: While living outside represents the realization of an unprecedented freedom for Arrietty, it spells for Homily not only peril, but also a fall from grace, an expulsion from civilization into the savage wilderness.

And this was the level as she often warned them back home to which borrowers must sink if ever, for their sins, they took to the great outdoors. Homily has internalized it appropriately: Considering the conservative notion of class structure Norton is portraying here, her tolerance for, if not endorsement of, the petty theft by which borrowers survive may seem somewhat incongruous.

Indeed, Arrietty has a very difficult time persuading the Boy that there is any difference between what Pod does and simple theft Borrowers 83— However, as the preface to Poor Stainless suggests, to accuse borrowers of stealing is to display a lack of the largesse those in a superior station are supposed to have: In the paternalis- tic relation between borrowers and their hosts, humans should turn a blind eye to the insubstantial and harmless liberties taken by the little people—as long as they do not exceed prescribed limits.

Borrowing is also, however, represented as a skill, a trade, or even a craft, with a long and proud history. Further, borrowing is a distinctly codified form of scavenging; borrowers do not take from each other, and, as Pod explains, they take from humans only out of necessity: Not out of greediness.

And not out of laziness, neither. Borrowing for borrowers [. As an established practice designed to assist subsistence, bor- rowing resembles the ancient plebeian system of perquisites and cus- tomary usage. Traditional rights to appropriate needed goods pre- vailed in Britain until enclosure and the more rigid private property laws of industrial capitalism increasingly criminalized their exercise. Such customary rights as gleaning—the gathering of ears of corn or other produce left behind after harvest—constituted essential ad- ditions to plebeian diets, and had scriptural precedent: The sanction of religious precept was perhaps particularly strong with respect to gleaning customs: Hay and Rogers 87 14 As Clive Emsley has demonstrated, what plebs claimed as perks ex- tended far beyond the harvest leftovers often required to keep body and soul together.

Domestic servants also took and expected a wide range of perks: The scullion took firings and small coals. Driver sees no wrong in helping herself to a few other odds and ends as well: What is absent from this equation, and what cultural historians such as E. Thompson have attempted to reintroduce into it, is the per- ception of this economy from below. Customary usage and the patronage-deference model did, undeni- ably, define social interaction between ranks in preindustrial Britain.

How the elite and the privileged understood the nature of this cul- tural exchange is clear. The squire and his manor were at the center of the community; respected and loved by most if not all, he acted as the host of village feasts and celebrations, and the benefactor to the local poor. This is an enticing image of social harmony, in which all the stations of life are linked and share the same vision of their world. This model, however, elides the plebeian understanding of perks as rights claimed, rather than gifts bestowed by benevolent superiors.

Thompson points to the ubiquity of plebeian revolts and riots in the eighteenth century to question the myth of a mostly harmonious preindustrial society: The balance that main- tained the social hierarchy was often strained, and understood differ- ently by those at either end. Even when tokens of deference were as they surely very often were given to superiors, they could never be taken at face value as guarantees of respect or submission: The invisibility of the borrowers is the result of a modernity that no longer appreciates or recognizes the way of life they represent.

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May and later Miss Menzies infer, borrowers lived openly with human beings at some point in the distant past. Norton seems to imply that a callous, materialistic, modern world increasingly popu- lated by such figures as Mr.

Platter and the attorney Mr. Beguid has forced them into hiding and depleted their numbers drastically. It is perhaps ironic that in her desire to depict the Clocks as harmlessly old-fashioned, Norton chose to make Pod a shoemaker; practitioners of this trade were among the earliest and most active labor radicals.

This is how Norton is using the myth: Further separating the borrowers from the possibilities of plebeian resistance is the absence of a community. Most borrowers live either in isolation Peagreen and Spiller , or as the discrete nuclear families enshrined since the late eighteenth century in middle-class domestic ideology. Much of the strength and vibrancy of plebeian culture was derived from its collective and public nature. One of the ways anti- quarians and folklorists such as Sir Walter Scott and the Grimms declawed popular or plebeian culture, and made it fit for consump- tion in the middle-class parlor or nursery, was by isolating it from its original communal context.

The fixed hierar- chies of feudalism are indeed no longer a part of British society. The myth of the paternalist past, however, can still be used to legitimize class disparity. I would argue further that the model of patron- age and deference that Norton reproduces in her books can be used to describe the relationship that commonly exists between adults and children. The flipside of cherishing innocence is inscribing powerlessness and en- abling the construction of difference that characterizes all unequal relations.

Notes 1. The blurbs on the dustjackets of the books attest to this. The historical narrative of the demise of British paternalism and the very notion of a society harmoniously united by the balancing forces of deference and patronage have been rigorously challenged in the last two decades, most notably by E.

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Thomp- son in Customs in Common: In The Presence of the Past, Valerie Krips provides useful insight into how these two impulses—preserving a version of the historical past and preserving childhood—inter- sect: The fact that Pod and Homily are adults while Arrietty is an adolescent compli- cates the system of representation in the texts that configures them as children, but does not undermine it.

The adults here are still childlike, even if they are not exactly children. Beguid, who is evicting old Tom. For example, when Miss Menzies, the would-be benefactor of the Clocks, tries to explain their disappearance to the police officer, she remarks: Any number of Cheap Repository Tracts also have similar portrayals, e.

While Clocks, Drainpipes, and Overmantles may observe class differences between themselves, they are all still plebeian in their shared state of dependence. There is, at the same time, a danger in ascribing to borrower culture the full range of its human counterpart.

Chris Hopkins implies that the experiences of the Clocks can apply to all people: Perhaps these things can happen to anybody, but they tend to happen most often to the disenfranchised and those on the margins of power. In part, this bias may have arisen from the statistical fact that the majority of domestics were female.

The assumption, however, was applied to plebs of both genders: Pod actually refers to this traditional practice when he and his family are trying to survive out of doors: See Thompson Customs 59—60; Working Class —81 and Limbaugh —35 for the role of shoemakers in early, preindustrial forms of trade unionism. Equally important to this process of appropriation was, of course, the conversion of the oral into the textual. Johnson, — Belcham, John.

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Industrialization and the Working Class: The English Experience, — Brookfield, VT: Gower Pub. Blumenberg, Hans. Work on Myth. Robert M. MITP, Brand, John. Observation on the Popular Antiquities of Great Britain. Sir Henry Ellis. New York: Popular Features. New in The Borrowers.

Description The Borrowers--the Clock family: Homily, Pod, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Arrietty, to be precise--are tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor of an old English country manor. All their minuscule home furnishings, from postage stamp paintings to champagne cork chairs, are "borrowed" from the "human beans" who tromp around loudly above them. All is well until Pod is spotted upstairs by a human boy!

Can the Clocks stay nested safely in their beloved hidden home, or will they be forced to flee? This repackaged paperback edition still has the delightful original black-and-white illustrations by Beth and Joe Krush inside.

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