Recently my partner has introduced me to the world of Terry Pratchett. I have watched all 3 of the TV adaptations and my favourite by far is Hogfather. The character that left a resounding impression on me was Susan; the grand-daughter of Death. Being Death's grand-daughter has got to be a good reason for her to be anyone's favourite character, however for myself it has to be the fact that she is a typical Victorian teacher or governess. Having spend 6 years working with children and in schools I find her a fascinating character. I really admire her non-nonsense attitude to teaching and learning.
Part of her character is her image, she dresses very simply but again there is something in her presence that makes you sit up and pay attention. I don't want to say that she has a some what scary image, more commanding and reassuring. Two qualities that children need.
I would love to have her presence and sense of self.
I leave you with 2 images of Susan from the TV adaptation of Hogfather.
The first is Susan in the classroom.
The second is Susan when she is on 'official business'.