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The fatherless state of many child characters is a widespread feature of the Swallows and Amazons series. This may be Ransome reflecting the aftermath of the very great death toll during the First World War and subsequent flu epidemic. Also Ransome himself, had left his only child Tabitha effectively fatherless when he went to Russia.

The absence of parents (fathers and mothers) also provides the context for child characters' independent adventure.

Characters with no fathersEdit

(during childhood that is, if adults)

Characters with mostly absent fathersEdit

HusbandlessEdit

Married women with no mention of a 'Mr', therefore apparently widowed or divorced (for brevity, let's not mention the mothers of those listed above as fatherless):

Other missing family membersEdit

by way of contrastEdit

  • Tom Dudgeon – a character whose 'normal' nuclear family situation is described at length in the books (CC, BS)

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