Name and marital statusEdit
- Hope your makin do. If owts wanting you can tell Jacky.
- M. Braithwaite.
After the burglary Jacky says I asked Mrs. Braithwaite at Beckfoot .... and Dick asks Who is Mrs. Braithwaite? Dorothy says That's Cook .... (PM20). Has Dick forgotten her name? He read the note (above) from her.
Her first name is unknown, bit it starts with 'M'.
An interesting case studyEdit
In Arthur Ransome's books, Mrs Braithwaite is sometimes addressed as Cook with an upper-case 'C' (eg PM1,22,23) and sometimes as cook with a lower-case 'c' (eg PP6). When she leaves a basket of goodies for the expedition to Kanchenjunga she left a note Love from Cook (giving herself a capital 'C').
Other domestic staff in the Swallows and Amazons series also get the lower case treatment, for example nurse (SA3). This might be an indicator of socioeconomic class: in Racundra's First Cruise, the Cook, warrants a big 'C', possibly indicating her status as engaged to the skipper at the time.