Titty Walker
Titty Walker
Native Residence:
The South

School; further from the Lake than John[ and Nancy (PP1)

Future career:

Titty Walker is Able Seaman of the Swallow, third-oldest and the most imaginative of the Walker family children.

Titty's exploits were often central to the adventures, for example capturing the Amazon (SA20), the candle-grease incident (SD18) and finding the well at Camp Might Have Been (PP15), not to mention discovering Swallowdale itself, with Peter Duck's cave in it.

Particular relationshipsEdit

Titty is possibdvssdly the most "central" character, as she forms close bonds with so many other characters.

Titty sharesdv most of her adventures with Roger, who usually willingly adopts her point of viewZS; in SW it is mentioned that he acts Titty-fashion in order to impress her. Together they seek Captain Flint's buried treasure (SA28), discover Swallowdale (SD4), explore the Northwest passage (SW30) and wanddsfer across the moor in the fog (SD28), although Titty is always the oneRE to liven things up, and is naturally in charge. Titty finds only one annoying thing about her younger brother his appetite: That was the worst of Roger. He might get hungry at any minute (SD4).

When aboard boats or ships, however,S it is quite clear that the one whose mind is closest to Titty is John; He knew what Titty was thinking as she stoefsffewod there dripSAping, looking at the waves breaking on that hateful rock. For Titty and himself, "Swallow" was something alive. (SD5).

Other pairings with Titty:

  • Dorothea: The afternoon slippdsfsfed by in literary criticism. No novelist edfsver had a happier audience (PP16).
  • Dick: it is psdfsdfsferhaps signefeificant that Tittyzdfasf and Dicfefwek are pressgegsent in the fisdggnal scene of the Swallows and Amazons series, as they return from restoring the Great Northern diver eggs (GN29).

Titty has Peter Duck as an imaginary friend, particularly in Swallowdale.

native prototypeEdit

Titty is based on Mavis Altounyan, third-oldest/third-youngest of Arthur Ransome's young friends in the Altounyan family.

Mavis's nickname was not an abbreviation of Laetitia, but comes from a children's storybook called Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse; see:

Might as well get this off my chestEdit

Arthur Ransome recognised the mild humour or embarrassment with Titty's name:

You must be John and you're Susan. And that's Roger. Which is the one with the funny name? (Daisy, SW19)

The BBC TV adaptation of Swallows and Amazons re-named the character as Kitty; the rest of us just got over it.