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Post  Saint George on Tue 02 May 2017, 2:51 am

Alison Smith was always a country girl at heart even spending her vacation time in a caravan in Kent. She readily admits to her new farm boss that as a shop girl in London where she sold garden furniture and picnic baskets she would think about the bucolic lifestyle, "I used to imagine my deckchairs and beautiful gardens. And my picnic baskets opened in the woods and fields." Alison compares the differences between living in London and Chillingbourne. Her conclusion is that honest hard work in the country far outweighs the sadness and ugliness of living in a big city.



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Post  Andrew Wilson on Wed 03 May 2017, 6:40 am

Just wondering what were the reasons that influenced Susanna Foster to hire Alison in the first place?



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Post  Richard Young on Thu 04 May 2017, 4:20 am

We know that Mrs. Foster said to Bob Johnson on Saturday morning at the Hand of Glory that Alison was a great strong girl and was needed on the farm. Alison was in her early twenties, so obviously she was no weakling, but more important was that she had a great attitude with a genuine work ethic to match. Alison volunteered to be a Land Girl which means she wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty. Let's remember that before Alison went to her room at the Hand of Glory on Friday night, she was helping Albert Woodcock clean the beer glasses. Albert could not believe that a guest wanted to do "real work" as he put it. Alison also told Albert that her fiancé was the geologist who was working on the Pilgrims Road at the bend which would have impressed him. So Albert no doubt would have passed on all that information to Mrs. Foster who woke-up the next morning determined to hire Alison.

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Post  Andrew Wilson on Sun 14 May 2017, 7:32 am

Strange to me is that after Alison established that Colpeper was the Glue Man, she showed no fear of his presence when she arrived on the hill, even with nobody about, and she was willing to sit right beside him in the long grass. I would have thought she would have kept on moving to get away from him.

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Post  Saint George on Wed 24 May 2017, 3:53 am

In A Canterbury Tale, it was evident that Alison was still carrying a torch for Geoffrey, so the purpose of her walk to the bend in the Pilgrims Road on the hill was to reconnect with her "dead" fiancé with whom she spent "thirteen perfect days" in a caravan. When Alison sees Canterbury Cathedral, her reconnection with Geoffrey merges with Geoffrey Chaucer's strong female character, "Alyson" - the well known Wife of Bath. Also, keep in mind that the surname of the current Alison is Smith, reminding us of England's medieval artisans. With the reconnection experience complete, she hears manifestations of the sounds of the old pilgrims. Even though Alison's investigation exposed Colpeper as the Glue Man, she had a change of heart about his motives which took away her fear of him as can be seen when she admits to being mistaken about his character, "We have to dig to find out about people as well as roads."



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Post  Andrew Wilson on Fri 02 Jun 2017, 6:40 am

When Alison arrives in Canterbury she walks past a number of business signs. It seems that not only the buildings have been bombarded, but also Alison, who is bombarded with signs as she makes her way to the garage.



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Post  Saint George on Mon 24 Jul 2017, 11:18 pm

The multitude of signs Alison sees indicate that the businesses have not been destroyed, but have been relocated. The fact is those symbolic signs are "speaking" to her hinting of an incredible secret that will soon be revealed. As she walks the streets on her way to visit her caravan, Alison is not able to comprehend the meaning of the signs, but when she arrives at the garage which is within eyeshot of Canterbury Cathedral, she learns the wonderful news that Geoffrey was not killed, but is now living in Gibraltar.  



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Post  Andrew Wilson on Tue 25 Jul 2017, 2:41 am

One of the many scenes in ACT that shows Alison's beauty is when she is on the train heading to Canterbury. Alison asks Colpeper, "Didn't ever occur to you to ask the girls to your lectures?" Her whole face brightens during that conversation - she looks stunning!



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Post  Miss Honey on Tue 25 Jul 2017, 6:04 am

Obviously I don't admire Alison for her beauty, but rather for her determination to solve the Glue Man mystery. She was the only woman to join Bob Johnson and Peter Gibbs to bring the Glue Man to justice. If the village of Chillingbourne had a local newspaper, rather than just the radio and pub, Alison would have made the front page.

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