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Cloze Text - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel SparkThe text is a synopsis of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, a novel by Muriel T. Spark (Edimburgh 1918 - Firenze 2006). The "prime" is tranlated in Italian as "gli anni fulgenti".
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Section One
aware= consapevole -- chapters= capitoli -- during= durante -- future= futuri -- is said= viene detto -- men= uomini -- might= potrebbe -- pupils= alunne -- regard= riguardano -- so called= cosiddetto -- teaching= docente -- technique= tecnica

Section Two
affair= relazione -- become= diventate -- becomes= diventa -- blessed= dotata -- changed= trasformato -- even= anche -- former= primo -- informs= informa -- married= sposato -- outlined= segnalato -- using= usando -- wearing= portare

Section Three
betrays= tradisce -- covers= copre -- dies= muore -- ever= mai -- exerted= esercitò -- Fascist= fascista -- fight= combattere -- forced= obbligata -- late= successivi -- nun= suora -- sees= vede -- to resign= dimettersi
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Section One

The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie is divided into six for a little more than one hundred pages. It is a novel which be defined "short". It takes place in Edinburgh, in a school for upper middle class girls, the "Marcia Blaine School", which is divided into Junior School (up to 11 12 years old), and Senior School (for the next 4 5 years). The staff is formed mostly by unmarried women and there are only two : the music teacher, Mr Lowther, and the art teacher, Mr Lloyd.

Most of the action of the novel takes place the Thirties, but many flash forwards and flash backs anticipate events and then bring us back to the Thirties, with a that could be considered as cinematographic. In this way, from the first chapters the reader is of what the characters will do with their lives. Several flash forwards the central character, Miss Jean Brodie, her six favourite (Sandy Stranger, Rose Stanley, Mary Macgregor, Eunice Gardiner, Jenny Gray, Monica Douglas), who form the "Brodie set", and another girl, Joyce Emily Hammond, about whom not much , but who is one of the focal points of the action.

Section Two

Miss Jean Brodie is not a usual teacher: undeniably with a charismatic and anti conventional personality, she has her group of pupils, who have really different from the others, a difference which is by the non orthodox way of their hats. After having been their teacher in Junior School, Miss Brodie continues to exert her influence on the girls when she is not their teacher any more.

She also the object of the sexual attention of the two men of the school, Lowther and Lloyd; the is unmarried, the latter is a man and a Catholic. Miss Brodie loves Lloyd, but she starts a love with Lowther and tries to set up another affair between Lloyd and the most beautiful of her "set", Rose Stanley, another girl, Sandy Stranger, as an informer. But things go differently; Sandy has an affair with Lloyd, and Rose Jean Brodie about it.

Section Three

Meanwhile Miss Jean Brodie, abandoned by most of her former pupils, frequently another girl, Joyce Emily Hammond, and persuades her to leave for Spain and for Franco; the girl in Spain and Sandy, convinced by now of the dangerous influence of Jean Brodie, her at the end of 1938, denouncing her to the headmistress of the school, Miss Mackay, as a . At the end of the school year Miss Jean Brodie is into retirement. She dies in 1946 without discovering which of the girls betrayed her.

That same year Sandy becomes a , taking the name of Sister Helena. In the Fifties then we see the former schoolfriends going to visit sister Helena, to speak about Miss Jean Brodie, who such a great influence on their lives. The time span of the novel the years which go from 1930, when Miss Jean Brodie begins to teach the six girls, until 1939 when the teacher is forced ; but there are many flash forwards that show the developments of the girls' lives in the Fifties.
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Section One
The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie is divided into six chapters for a little more than one hundred pages. It is a novel which might be defined "short". It takes place in Edinburgh, in a school for upper middle class girls, the "Marcia Blaine School", which is divided into Junior School (up to 11 12 years old), and Senior School (for the next 4 5 years). The teaching staff is formed mostly by unmarried women and there are only two men: the music teacher, Mr Lowther, and the art teacher, Mr Lloyd.

Most of the action of the novel takes place during the Thirties, but many flash forwards and flash backs anticipate future events and then bring us back to the Thirties, with a technique that could be considered as cinematographic. In this way, from the first chapters the reader is aware of what the characters will do with their lives. Several flash forwards regard the central character, Miss Jean Brodie, her six favourite pupils (Sandy Stranger, Rose Stanley, Mary Macgregor, Eunice Gardiner, Jenny Gray, Monica Douglas), who form the so called "Brodie set", and another girl, Joyce Emily Hammond, about whom not much is said, but who is one of the focal points of the action.

Section Two
Miss Jean Brodie is not a usual teacher: undeniably blessed with a charismatic and anti conventional personality, she has changed her group of pupils, who have really become different from the others, a difference which is outlined by the non orthodox way of wearing their hats. After having been their teacher in Junior School, Miss Brodie continues to exert her influence on the girls even when she is not their teacher any more.

She also becomes the object of the sexual attention of the two men of the school, Lowther and Lloyd; the former is unmarried, the latter is a married man and a Catholic. Miss Brodie loves Lloyd, but she starts a love affair with Lowther and tries to set up another affair between Lloyd and the most beautiful of her "set", Rose Stanley, using another girl, Sandy Stranger, as an informer. But things go differently; Sandy has an affair with Lloyd, and Rose informs Jean Brodie about it.

Section Three
Meanwhile Miss Jean Brodie, abandoned by most of her former pupils, frequently sees another girl, Joyce Emily Hammond, and persuades her to leave for Spain and fight for Franco; the girl dies in Spain and Sandy, convinced by now of the dangerous influence of Jean Brodie, betrays her at the end of 1938, denouncing her to the headmistress of the school, Miss Mackay, as a Fascist. At the end of the school year Miss Jean Brodie is forced into retirement. She dies in 1946 without ever discovering which of the girls betrayed her.

That same year Sandy becomes a nun, taking the name of Sister Helena. In the Fifties then we see the former schoolfriends going to visit sister Helena, to speak about Miss Jean Brodie, who exerted such a great influence on their lives. The time span of the novel covers the years which go from 1930, when Miss Jean Brodie begins to teach the six girls, until 1939 when the teacher is forced to resign; but there are many flash forwards that show the late developments of the girls' lives in the Fifties.