Read the following and tell me your thoughts about the these two families. How do you think the Darlings and the Bakers differed?
Mr. and Mrs. Darling, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.
Mr. Darling was the director of a firm called Grunnings, which made drills. He was a big, beefy man with hardly any neck, although he did have a very large mustache. Mrs. Darling was thin and blonde and had nearly twice the usual amount of neck, which came in very useful as she spent so much of her time craning over garden fences, spying on the neighbors. The Darlings had a small son called John and in their opinion there was no finer boy anywhere.
The Darlings had everything they wanted, but they also had a secret, and their greatest fear was that somebody would discover it. They didn’t think they could bear it if anyone found out about the Bakers. Mrs. Baker was Mrs. Darling’s sister, but they hadn’t met for several years; in fact, Mrs. Darling pretended she didn’t have a sister, because her sister and her good-for-nothing husband were as unDarlingish as it was possible to be. The Darlings shuddered to think what the neighbors would say if the Bakers arrived in the street. The Darlings knew that the Bakers had a small son, too, but they had never even seen him. This boy was another good reason for kxeeping the Bakers away; they didn’t want John mixing with a child like that.