On page 54 of the revised text, Nancy tells Terry that she will be having dinner at the Faynes'. She asks Terry to meet her there after dinner.
At eight o'clock he arrived. After she had introduced him to George's parents, the Faynes went off to watch a television program in the recreation room.Nancy then proceeds to have a lengthy conference with Terry in the Faynes' dining room. Once the conference is over, Nancy apologizes to the Faynes and leaves with Terry.
Nancy invited someone over to the Faynes' home, and aside from George, nobody in the family knew him. Nancy spent the entire evening with him away from the family but in their home and then left. This seems a bit presumptuous.
The passage is slightly less strange in the original text, but only because George comes to check up on Nancy and Terry during the conference.
My only other observation about this book is that Dr. Pitt warns that finding the treasure is dangerous to mankind. He is totally against finding the treasure, but for some reason, he willingly leads them to the treasure. I would have expected Dr. Pitt to put up more of a fight since he was previously completely against finding the treasure.
I have been busy reading other books during recent months, and I have quite a few books that I am currently eager to read. I forced myself to read The Mystery at the Ski Jump, because I do want to resume these reviews. I struggled a bit, since I wanted to read other books. So that I would not have to read the same book twice, I read a few chapters of the revised text, then a few chapters of the original text, and switched back and forth until I finished both texts.
In The Mystery at the Ski Jump, the revision is a bit choppy near the beginning of the story. What is very strange is that one particular passage on page 2 was made slightly longer in the revised text, which makes the passage sound odd.
Page 2 from the original text:
"Just the same, I think we ought to call Dr. Britt," Mrs. Martin said nervously. "Will you do it, Nancy? The phone's in the hall. I'll get a blanket to put over her."Page 2 from the revised text:
"Just the same, I think we should call Dr. Britt," Mrs. Martin said nervously. "Will you do it, Nancy? The phone's in the hall. I'll get a blanket upstairs to put over this woman."
In both texts, Nancy speeds and is stopped by a police officer. For the original text, this is normal. I am very surprised that Nancy breaking the law was kept in the revised text. Normally, the revised text books show a perfect Nancy who never does anything wrong.
Nancy and her friends meet John Horn while chasing after the swindlers. Later, Nancy helps her father with his case concerning Chuck Wilson. Chuck's key witness, John Horn, is missing, and very conveniently, the missing John Horn is the same John Horn that Nancy recently met. What are the chances?
I did not enjoy either The Clue of the Black Keys or The Mystery at the Ski Jump very much. The reason why has more to do with me than with either story. I am pleased to report that soon after beginning #30 The Clue of the Velvet Mask, I was once again enjoying reading Nancy Drew. Look for that review sometime soon.