My Miss Mason is both of those at various times, but the way I imagine her most is as a strong, no nonsense, woman taking on the Parents' Union with well developed arguments and a strong focus on the things that are really important. Mostly, in my imagination, she's wearing sensible clothes - that voluminous black dress would not have been her favourite, I'm sure. She has just come from teaching a class at the Parents' Union School where she was reading this week's serialised portion of Great Expectations from the pages of All the Year Round. The narrations were lively - and remarkably accurate, and the children have been following Pip's journey with eager interest.
Now imagine her here in 2009. What do you see now? I see that same strong, efficient woman, now dressed in a comfortable, well fitting black suit, her dark hair cut into a fashionable, no nonsense hairstyle walking briskly along the corridor of Scale How, a large pile of books in her arms and a lap top bag over her shoulder. As she turns the corner, she collides with a handsome young teacher (well it is my imagination...) and we see her bundle of books tumble to the floor. Amid humble apologies and a little laughter we happen to see the titles of the books she's carrying.
What are they? Remember this is 2009... When I have your answers I'll continue my well thought out argument.
Until later, then...