Tag Archives: inheritance

A Foster Must Do It!

Plot

When Meg Foster’s grandfather dies, he leaves £1000 to her father on condition that a Foster climbs the dangerous north face, in the Alps. If this condition isn’t fulfilled, James Foster’s cousin, Gilbert Beck, will inherit the money. Beck secretly engineers an accident to Meg’s father and she realises that, to claim the much-needed legacy, she must climb the north face herself. She joins a party led by Nigel Brand, a noted mountaineer. Gilbert Beck has plotted with Chris Palmer, another member of the party, to make sure that Meg doesn’t succeed.

Notes

Appeared

  • A Foster Must Do It! – Judy: #256 (5 December 1964). – #262 (16 January 1965)

Grandfather’s Clock

Plot

Susie Porter’s family had inherited her Grandfather’s money and home at an exclusive part of town. Her family loved it, but Susie was not happy, as she missed her old friends. Grandfather Porter was a great practical joker and Susie discovered the old grandfather clock seemed to be carrying on his mischievous tricks. Whenever it stopped, strange things happened.

Notes

Appeared

  • Grandfather’s Clock Tracy: #191 (28 May 1983) – #199 (23 July 1983)

Penny’s Secret Pet

Plot

Penny James will inherit £15,000 for the hard up Manor Hall boarding school, but the inheritance came with a very specific condition. She must keep Toodles, a chimpanzee, at the school undetected for one school term. Only three of her close friends knew of Toodles existence.

Notes

  • Art: Wilf Street

Appeared

  • Penny’s Secret Pet – Tracy: #176 (12 February 1983) – #185 (16 April 1983)

The Fairlady Fortune

Plot

When their car crashed into the river, Jane Fairlady’s millionaire father was killed, Jane lost her memory and her mother was missing presumed drowned. Jane inherited a fortune and then a woman claiming to be Mrs Fairlady appeared. Although Jane couldn’t remember her mother, she suspected the woman was an imposter

Notes

  • Photo story

Appeared

  • The Fairlady Fortune – Suzy: #96 (7 July 1984) – #103 (25 August 1984)

The Grimthorpe Secret

Plot

In Victorian times, Paulina Grimthorpe was turned out of her home, Grimthorpe Hall, along with all the servants when her uncle Darley claimed the estate after the sudden death of her father. In order to search for the will she felt sure her father must have left, Paulina took a job as a scullery maid in her own home under the name Polly Ford.

Notes

  • Art: Paddy Brennan
  • From notes received most likely writer is Marion Turner (under pen name Fiona Turner)

Appeared

  • The Grimthorpe Secret – Suzy: #55 (24 September 1983) – #66 (10 December 1983)

An American at the Manor

Plot

When orphan Dixie Marston inherited a manor in England in Victorian times, she found life very different from the ranch in America where she had been brought up. Dixie’s Uncle Cecil, Aunt Rachel and cousin Lydia deeply resented her coming to take up her inheritance, which they believed should have been theirs. They were determined to get rid of Dixie as soon as possible.

Notes

Appeared

  • An American at the Manor – Bunty: circa #1536 (20 June 1987) – (?)

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.