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Rosetta and the House of Fear

  • Rosetta and the House of Fear – Mandy: #358 (24 November 1973) – #362 (22 December 1973)
  • Artist: Guy Peeters

Plot

Fourteen year old Rosetta was brought up by gypsies and had found work as a maid at the big house, owned by invalid, Mrs Trevelyan. The house was known as ‘The Towers’ and Rosetta felt drawn to it, but also cautious as she also sensed a mystery surrounding the house and it’s occupants. Joe and Emily Briggs and their daughter Molly, were the only other staff that Mrs Trevelyan had and Rosetta suspected they were trying to swindle the woman after hearing them arguing about money.

Rosetta finding a dress laid out for her tries it on, but is distressed when Mrs Trevelyan is taken ill after seeing her in the dress that had belonged to her dead daughter. When she wants to go apologise to her, Mrs Briggs forbids her. Later when she goes to try and talk to her anyway, she sees Emily Briggs coming out of Mrs Trevelyan’s room and locking the door, she assumes this to keep her out. She wonders what she can do about this, as who would believe the word of a gipsy girl. She decides to go to nursery to think, but then wonders how she knew the room was nursery, and inside the nursery more strange occurrences as she seems to know what a doll is named too.

When Rosetta sees Mrs Briggs, slipping something into Mrs Trevelyan’s food, she decides to slip out and ask her gipsy friends for help. She is too late though as the gipsy camp has moved on and Joe Briggs catches her and brings her back to ‘The Towers’. Despite the Briggs keeping a closer eye on Rosetta, she does manage to switch out the sleeping powder that the Briggs are giving Mrs Trevelyan, with a harmless powder. More luck for Rosetta as she meets Mr Price who is buying old paintings from the house. He tells her how the house used to be a happy place but then Miss Selina, her husband and daughter drowned in an accident. The Briggs came to work for the family soon after, but Mr Trevelyan didn’t like them and then he met with a tragic accident too, killed while riding. After hearing this Rosetta wonders are the Briggs capable of murder and if the only thing stopping them killing Mrs Trevelyan too was in case the house was sold by whoever inherited it.

No longer being drugged Mrs Trevelyan is up and about and Joe Briggs is quick to steer  her away from Rosetta. Later Mrs Trevelyan collapses again and Rosetta finds a syringe nearby. The next day, Rosetta is waiting for the injection to wear off so she can talk with Mrs Trevelyan. Molly is hanging around mocking Rosetta’s gipsy heritage, she mentions that she could be a lady if her family could solve a riddle –  “I lie beneath the sun, yet am always in darkness. Time passes over me, yet I never grow old. Where am I?” Rosetta has heard that riddle before and spends the day pondering it. Still her priority is to talk with Mrs Trevelyan so when she sees an opportunity she goes for it, only to be caught by Joe Briggs and thrown in the cellar. In the celler she finds a chest with album in it. She is drawn to a photo of Selina and her family, feeling like she knows them…

The Briggs don’t keep her locked up in the cellar, they plan to work her hard with no food and lock her in her room at night. Rosetta thinks the only way to escape is to solve the riddle. Looking out of her window at night she figures out that the riddle refers to the sundial. She manages to slip away and finds a hidden compartment in the sundial containing Mrs Trevelyan’s will. Unfortunately this was all part of the Briggs plan, to get her to find the will, so they can change it and now having done what they needed from her they plan to get rid of her for good! Luckily her gipsy family arrives in time to stop them. Magda also shows her the pinafore they found her in which has the Trevelyan family symbol on it. Rosetta is Mrs Trevelyan’s granddaughter and now that the Briggs have been exposed, she and her grandmother can start making ‘The Towers’ a happy place to live again.

Thoughts

Here we have some common story elements; scheming characters trying to get inheritance and a girl finding out she is a long lost relative (such as in ‘The Secret of Hardwick Hall’). Considering the potential for playing with and expanding on these elements, the story seems  unusually short at only 5 episodes. For the most part this does help keep the pace quick and still covers all that we need to know. It’s quickly established that the Briggs are shady characters, and becomes apparent that they are keeping Mrs Trevelyan in a state of illness. Meanwhile Rosetta finding she somehow knows things about the house, coupled with the story of the family drowning, it is obvious that she will turn out to be the grandchild. There is a nice touch with the Briggs needing Rosetta to figure out the riddle (although it doesn’t seem they were aware of her connection to the house). It shows their cunning by getting Molly to mention the riddle, then watching Rosetta to see where she goes.

So while the story keeps things interesting and fast moving, the last episode could have been expanded on more, especially as Rosetta escapes the Briggs through a deus ex machina! The gipsies show up to help, not because Rosetta got message to them or some other set up, just Magda’s crystal ball suddenly telling them they needed to return. Then she explains about finding Rosetta half drowned as a child. We don’t get to see Rosetta react to this news or even the reunion with her grandmother as the last 2 panels just cut to a few days later with Rosetta and Mrs Trevelyan waving the gipsies off. While Rosetta showed concern for the old lady throughout the story, because the Briggs tried to keep them apart, we never see a relationship build between them. The ending could have taken the time to establish the connection and end on a more emotional note.

 

Donna’s Dolls

Plot

Donna Davenport was trying to  track down some Victorian dolls that had been left to her in her Aunt Minnie’s will, but sold by unscrupulous relatives who had inherited everything else. Donna was convinced that her aunt had made a later will, and had hidden it in one of the dolls.

donnas-dolls

Notes

  • Art: Julio Bosch (Martin Puigagut?)

Appeared

  • Donna’s Dolls – Judy: #1475 (16 April 1988) – (?)

Sweet Melody

Plot

Debbie Johnson and her  seemingly sweet cousin, Melody, were staying with wealthy Great-Aunt Jane. By cunning tricks, Melody had succeeded in turning their aunt against Debbie, so that Great-Aunt Jane’s fortune would come to their side of the family. Then Debbie discovered what “sweet” Melody was really like — but none would take her word against Melody’s.

sweet-melody

Notes

  • Art: Oliver Passingham

Appeared

  • Sweet Melody –  Judy:  circa #1331(13 July 1985) – (?)

 

Malicious Molly

Plot:

Molly Woodstock, heiress to  Woodstock Hall, apparently did strange, malicious things which she never remembered afterwards. Then she discovered that her relatives, the Deans, had used a double to discredit her and get the Woodstock estate signed over to them. She switched places with the double, Annie—but the Deans, thinking she was Annie, told her they were going to kill her and use the real Molly in their plans from now on.

malicious molly

Notes:

Appeared:

  • Malicious Molly – Judy:   #920 (27 August 1977) – #929 (29 October 1977)

Rose Budd

Plot:

When fourteen-year-old Rose Budd came from Canada to visit her sick grandfather in England, in 1857, she found he had died, leaving everything to his servants, Mr and Mrs Jay, who believed there was gold hidden in the house. Rose also learned that Mr Reed, a neighbouring rose grower, wanted to buy Elm Lodge, as he believed her grandfather had been raising a new species of rose. Finding Rose in her grandfather’s study, Mrs Jay ordered her out of the house.

rose budd

Notes:

Appeared:

  • Rose Budd – Judy:   (?) – #892 (12 February 1977)

 

 

The House of a Hundred Eyes

Plot:

Melody King has been left a house by her Great  Aunt Ethelreda on condition that she also looks after the fifty stray cats that live there. Unfortunately, Mrs King is allergic to cats, so she and Melody are living in the summerhouse in the grounds, but a mysterious woman helps to care for the cats. Cousin Lawrence, who wants to turn the house into a club, is determined to turn out Melody and her mother. Melody is convinced that he is the cause of Mrs King losing her job in Mrs Baines’ shop.

house of hundred eyes

Notes:

Artist: John Woods

Appeared:

  • The House of a Hundred Eyes – Judy: circa 489 (24 May 1969) –  (?)

 

Spender Sue

Plot:

Sue Pollock, who lives in the town of Finscombe, inherits a fortune from the Honourable Fitzroy Pargetter, the town’s wealthiest man. But before she can inherit the money, Sue must spend half the fortune within a week. To make her task doubly difficult, Sue is not told the amount of money she must spend. So far, her attempts to spend money have ended with Sue making more money.

spender sue

Notes:

Appeared:

  • Spender Sue – Judy:  circa 452 (07 September 1968) – (?)

 

Anya at Ballet School / Big Top Ballet

Plot:

Anya Bergman, a young girl from a travelling fair, is a pupil at the exclusive Marovani School of Ballet. Gerda Nansen, a mean, spiteful girl, plays a nasty trick which leads to Anya being accused of stealing Gerda’s golden locket and chain. The chain is found in Anya’s locker—but the locket is still missing. Anya is forbidden to take part in any of the school activities until the Governors meet to discuss the matter of the missing locket and decide whether or not Anya is to be expelled.

Anya returns in Big Top Ballet  Anya’s ballet class moves in with the circus owned by Marta Bruk, Anya’s guardian, when their ballet school is partly damaged by fire. When Marta Bruk dies in an accident, Anya finds herself heir to the circus. But there is a snag—the circus attendance figures, marked on a graph, must remain above a certain number each week or Anya will lose the circus to someone whose identity is not disclosed to her. This person is really her Uncle Fedor, who is determined to get the circus at any price. By a trick, Fedor makes the High Fliers, the star act of the circus, walk out, and many of the audience stay away.

anya at ballet school

Notes:

Appeared:

  • Anya at Ballet School – Judy:  #63 (25 March 1961) – #93 (21 October 1961)
  • Reprinted –  Judy: #1073 (02 August 1980) – #1101 (14 February 1981)
  • Big Top Ballet – Judy: #130 (07 July 1962) – #146 (27 October 1962)

 

Dark Days for Dolly

Plot:

Orphan Dolly Leonard was happy to be taken in by the wealthy Mrs. Carstairs to live in Taltree Manor, but then Mrs. Carstairs had a stroke leaving her paralysed. When her relatives arrived, they discovered their aunt was leaving her estate to Dolly , on the condition that Dolly was still living there at the time of Mrs. Carstair’s death. They were determined to get rid of Dolly before this happened.

Dark Days for Dolly

Notes:

Appeared:

  • Dark Days for Dolly –  Bunty:   #1480 (24 May 1986) – #1492 (16 August 1986)

 

The Fortune Hunters

Plot:

In the 1920s, Molly a young girl from New York, was hired to accompany 15 year old orphan Susan Latimer to meet her grandmother, Lady Windmarch, in Britain. But then another Susan Latimer appeared also claiming to be Lady Windmarch’s  granddaughter. Neither girl really cared for the old woman and actually caused her more distress with their squabbling and rivalry.

The Fortune Hunters

Notes:

Appeared:

  • The Fortune Hunters –  Bunty: (?) –  #1461 (11 Jan 1986)