This chapter discusses the opinion of British children on how the war affected gender relationships. Here, Enid Blyton presents a child's love for individual animals, toys, and even imaginary or non-existent companions. The chapter notes that this can act as a substitute or a way to emotional involvement with another child. It then asserts the general role of animals in the gender context, and studies the junior version of adult fictions that valorise lovedrama. From here the discussion shifts to boy–girl relationships, including boy–girl hostility and affection in tomboys and mutual male love crossing racial barriers.
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