Mr Mulryne ran a Reading Club over the holidays; it had to be online but it was fantastic. The children read Susan Hill's spooky horror novel story, ' The Woman in Black'. Mr Mulryne was amazed by one pupil's indepth analysis and interpretation of the text. When he asked the group why the author didn't let Spider the dog die in the story, he is saved by Arthur, was the author Susan Hill being kind? Did it reinforce what we already knew about the character of Arthur? Here's what Year 7 pupil Roma thought:
I read it differently. I saw Arthur risking his life to save Spider more out of desperation. I think he fears the unknown more than risking his life in an earthly way. In 'Spider' Arthur says that he is convinced that the power of the Woman in Black 'can't do more than make me feel afraid' but I don't think he truly believes this. I feel he needs Spider to continue at Eel Marsh House and sees her as his link with the outside world and his life beyond the marshes.