I wonder if anyone has read the book "Mr. Brave" by Roger Hargreaves. This is part of the well-known 'Mr Men' series.
The reason I ask is that I have noticed what appears to be a serious flaw in the plot line and I'm wondering whether or not to raise this issue with the publishers. The problem that I have spotted is this...
At the beginning of the book, Mr. Brave is invited to tea with Little Miss Bossy. Little Miss Bossy is known for her domineering character and warns him in the strongest terms not to be late. On his way to her house, Mr. Brave encounters a variety of situations which lead him to exhibit his valour in various ways. On the last of these, he is asked by Miss Somersault to join her on a tightrope. It becomes clear later on that Mr. Brave is a sufferer from a mild form of vertigo and yet he still agrees to Miss Somersault's request. Little Miss Trouble, who has been watching from nearby, notices that he is shaking with fear afterwards and endeavours to employ this knowledge to place him at a social disadvantage. She gains the attention of a large number of passers by and then challenges him to repeat his ordeal on the tightrope. He ponders his dilemma and then announces that he "must dash" otherwise he will be late for tea at Little Miss Bossy's house.
The crowd cheer, much to Little Miss Trouble's surprise and annoyance. She had hoped that instead they would accuse him of being a coward. She asks them why they are cheering and they reply "Would you turn up late for tea at Little Miss Bossy's House?" At this she agrees saying "Gosh, he is brave after all!" At this point, the story ends.
Now, to my mind, the line that the plot takes at the end of this story doesn't make any sense. Surely, it would have been much braver for Mr. Brave to be late for Little Miss Bossy's tea party and to stay and face the tightrope. Even if you consider the tightrope to have been a greater challenge for Mr. Brave, then you might reasonably expect Little Miss Trouble to have taken this line with the crowd and attempt to persuade them that Mr. Brave had in fact taken the easier option of the two he had been presented with.
What do you all think? Is this a subject I should raise with Price Stern Sloan Inc.?