The Case of the Changing Editions, or, The Clue of the Leaning Chimney

Last March, I detailed the differences in editions of Nancy Drew and the Bungalow Mystery. I’m at it again with Nancy Drew and the Clue of the Leaning Chimney.

The original has a 1949 copyright, and the most current version, is from 1967.

The main differences between the two books is pacing–the 1967 version only has 20 pages and 176 pages, while the original had 25 chapters and 212 pages. This story also features several Chinese characters. Both books are ignorantly racist in their treatment of the characters, but the 1967 version is slightly better.

But, after the break, we have a chapter-by-chapter comparision of the story, which involves forged Chinese porcelins and kidnapping!

Chapter 1: The Mysterious Stranger (1949) pages 1-7

Nancy and Bess are driving along a deserted road with a lot of money that they raised at a charity rummage sale. They’re taking it back to River Heights to put it in the bank. Coming around a sharp curve, Nancy almost hits a man. When she gets out to see if he’s ok, he yells at her to go away. She sees he has a bundle with a vase. Later, when she explains what the vase looks like the Bess, she states that it sounds like a vase her cousin, Dick Milton has in the window of his shop. When they get to River Heights, they check the shop and the vase is missing! Dick says it’s not his, it was on loan and it’s worth thousands of dollars!

Chapter 1: The Mysterious Stranger (1967) pages 1-8

This chapter is almost identical. There’s an extra page because there is an illustration. The only other difference is that in the 1949 book, Nancya’s hair was golden, now it’s titian.

Chapter 2: A Double Theft (1949) pages 8-17

There aren’t any clues–the thief didn’t leave fingerprints and it looks like he tied burlap sacks to his feet so there wouldn’t be footprints. The police try to find the man Nancy ran into earlier, but without luck. Also, a small jade elephant is missing. In the morning, after a recap of Nancy’s previous adventures and which books you can read all about them in Hannah makes Nancy breakfast and chides her for not drinking all of her orange juice, because oranges are very expensive these days. Dick says that Mr. Soong (who lent Dick the pieces) isn’t angry, but that Dick needs to pay for anything insurance won’t cover. Nancy goes to see Mr. Soong to find out more about the stolen objects. Mr. Soong has a Chinese servant and wears traditional Chinese dress (of course). He has twinkling eyes and a “musical” voice. Nancy’s surprised he lives in an attractive Colonial house–she was expecting a Chinese pagoda. He tells Nancy the vase had the emblem of a dragon on it with 5 claws, which only the emperor and first and second rank princes could use–lesser princes had to have dragons with 4 claws (I’ve never heard this before and some cursory research online and in my books here doesn’t back this up, although dragons have long been associated with the emperor, especially those with 5 claws.) Nancy can’t remember how many claws were on the vase she saw, but is sure it’s the same one. Mr. Soong tells Nancy that there is something else going on and will phone Mr. Drew and have him fill her in. Nancy goes back to see Dick and the chapter ends with him crying “If only I could find the leaning chimney!”

Chapter 2: A Double Theft (1967) pages 9-21

This chapter is very similiar to the earlier edition. At first there are just a few minor differences–how Nancy’s earlier adventures are described and Hannah isn’t upset about Nancy finishing her OJ. Nancy’s also no longer half-expecting Mr. Soong to live in a pagoda. The main difference is that this chapter doesn’t end in the same place. Dick tells Nancy that he once overheard someone say something about a leaning chimney, china clay, and Masonville. He thinks there’s a leaning chimney full of china clay. If he could find it, he’s hoping to cheaply buy the clay and make some really fine porcelains to help pay back Mr. Soong and expand the store. Nancy is off to Masonville to investigate, but first Dick tells her how pottery is made. On her way to Masonville, she revisits the scene of the near-accident. In the woods, she comes across a man’s shoe print!

Chapter 3: A Valuable Clue (1949) pages 18-22

This chapter is exactly the same as the end of 1967’s chapter 3 and ends in the same place.

Chapter 3: The Secret Panel (1967) pages 22-34

Before she can follow the footprints, Bess and George show up. Examining the footprints, Nancy determines it’s a short man, who wears lifts in his shoes. They follow the trail but it doesn’t lead them anywhere. Bess and George are also off to Masonville and make plans to meet up with Nancy for lunch. Nancy drives around and sees a leaning chimney! It’s a boarding house and the keeper, Mrs. Wendell doesn’t know anything about china clay but does know Hannah! There’s a trunk of old papers in the attic room that is currently being rented by Mr. Manning (but the trunk isn’t his, it belonged to the man who sold Mrs. Wendell the house.) When they go into the room, they see a man disappearing behind a secret panel in the closet! When they break down the panel, he’s long gone (it looks like he climbed out the window and down the side of the house while they were fetching a hatchet) but there are packages wrapped up in Chinese newspapers! There are several Chinese vases, including one that had recently been stolen from the Masonville museum, but not the pieces belonging to Mr. Soong. Mrs. Wendell’s description of Mr. Manning matches the man Nancy saw the night before. After the police leave, Nancy discovers pictures torn out from art magazines of Chinese vases with maps to the houses and museums where they’re currently located!

Chapter 4: The Secret Panel (1949) pages 23-29

Largely t he same as 1967’s Chapter 3, but it ends with the man going into the secret panel. Differences are minor–for instance in 1949, Nancy and Mrs. Wendell spend some time talking about Hannah and in 1967 that sentence gets cut.

Chapter 4: The Blinding Glare (1967) pages 35-40

Nancy says she’ll take the papers to the Police. She also finds more papers with Chinese writing on them. She can’t find anything relating to china clay. Mrs. Wendell says Mr. Manning was very interested in the trunk and Nancy thinks Mr. Manning was looking for something belonging to Mr. Peterson (the previous owner.) She’s minutes late meeting Bess and George and endures some teasing about not keeping Ned waiting. Bess has to get back but George’s dress is still being altered, so Nancy waits with George. On the way back to River Heights, Nancy sees a blinding glare. The girls go to investigate and find a car–the glare had been the reflection off the mirror. They hear men’s voices and go to eavesdrop, but Nancy steps on a twig. The men drop something and run away. George chases the men and Nancy sees that they dropped an Oriental bowl onto Chinese newspaper. Then Nancy hears George scream. She runs to where they found the car, but George isn’t there. Then Nancy experiences a sharp pain in her head.

Chapter 5: Captured Loot (1949) pages 30-37

Largely the same to the last half of 1967’s Chapter 3: The Secret Panel.

Chapter 5: A Chinese Puzzle (1967) pages 41-48

When she comes to, Nancy finds George tied to a tree. The car is gone. When she gets to town, it turns out the car had been stolen that afternoon. Nancy then runs into Mr. Soong outside her father’s office. (Ugh, I hate the way they refer to him! Instead of saying, the man like they would for a white character, or even the gentleman, he’s the Chinese. So, it’s “The Chinese smiled and came over to her.”) Mr. Soong translates the Chinese writing that Nancy had copied down from Mr. Manning’s room–they’re manufacturing markings used on Ming work. He suspects Mr. Manning might be working with some Chinese in New York because the Chinese newspaper is one published in New York. Nancy then drives Mr. Drew home who tells her that Mr. Soong is also looking for the missing Engs! This chapter has an illustration of Nancy and Mr. Soong in the car–Mr. Soong is dressed in a suit and his features, from the side, don’t look Chinese at all.

Chapter 6: The Blinding Glare (1945) pages 38-44

Very much the same as 1967’s chapter 4 by the same title. The only difference I noticed is what Nancy was going to wear to a party that evening–in 1967 it’s a pink sheath, in 1949, she doesn’t tell us.

Chapter 6: The Vanishing Vase (1967) pages 49-55

It turns out the Engs are friends of Mr. Soongs– about 4.5 years ago, they were in the States to learn about American pottery and were going to visit Mr. Soong but never showed up. Mr. Soong just found out that they never made it back to China, either. Mr. Drew thinks that they may be involved in espionage or smuggling, but Nancy doesn’t think Mr. Soong would be friends with anyone like that. Later, Mr. Drew drives Nancy, Bess, and George to Helen’s party. Helen’s mother has a beautiful Ming vase with markings matching the ones Nancy showed Mr. Soong earlier. For her birthday, Helen gets several pieces of beautiful lingerie. (REALLY?!) After the party, Nancy’s bag is missing. It’s found on the lawn with the money missing, as well as the Chinese she had copied from the vase. AND! The vase is gone, too!

Chapter 7: A Chinese Puzzle (1949) pages 45-52

This is very much the same as the 1967 chapter by the same name. There are a few minor differences– in 1967, George has her hands bound by her dress belt. In 1949, it’s a handkerchief. Also, in discussing pottery markers, in 1967 Mr. Soong said they were used in the Sung, Ming, and Ch’in dynasties. In 1949, he says Sung, Ming, and Ch’ing dynasties. Now, I think this is probably only a typo in this edition (which is the 1995 printing) there was a Ch’in dynasty, but Sung, Ming, Ch’ing makes sense chronologically, where the Ch’in was much earlier, also the Ch’in was not known for its pottery, but the Ch’ing was.

Chapter 7: Three on a Clue (1967) pages 56-64

Outside the house are footprints, but different from the set Nancy found earlier. Despite her notes in Chinese being stolen, Nancy sees there was an impression made on the blotter. When she compares them to her previous notes, they match. She then goes to research where there might be deposit of china clay. A visit to a local geology professor leads to much explanation about china clay and a small lead at an old Civil War mine (in California? Really?). She grabs Bess and George and after a lot of walking, near where the accident was, they find it, but there’s a huge fence around it! Eventually they find a knot hole they can peek through and, sure enough, there’s a leaning chimney.

Chapter 8: The Vanishing Vase (1949) pages 53-61

Pretty much the same as 1967’s chapter with the same name. Some minor differences– in 1949, the Engs never returned to the Orient, as opposed to 1967’s China. Also, in 1949 in addition to espionage or smuggling, Mr. Drew guesses that Mr. Eng may have committed some crime in China and was fleeing punishment. (Or, you know, In 1944 China was in the middle of a horrible war and the Engs didn’t want to return, but Nancy takes place in a geo-political vacuum. In 1962, it would have been hard for Chinese people to come to the States.) Anyway… the other is that in 1949 there are more descriptions of the party. Also, Bess is subjected to “good natured teasing” about taking a second piece of cake because her friends are concerned about the “plump” girl’s weight. (I’m glad they cut that!!)

Chapter 8: Mystery in Manhattan (1967) pages 65-75

The girls walk around and around and try to find a way in, but can’t. Then Bess sees a bony hand reach out from the chimney and then disappear. They head back to River Heights. At dinner, Mr. Drew says Nancy can’t check it out further without someone with her because it sounds dangerous. Also, the Engs were traveling with a Mr. Carr, who has also disappeared. Nancy sees an article in a New York newspaper that her father is reading–a vase has been stolen from the same store that Helen’s father brought their vase. Mr. Drew suggests Nancy flies out to Manhattan to check it out (she has an aunt there.) At the store, she sees Mr. Soong’s vase that was stolen from Dick’s shop!

Chapter 9: Three on a Clue (1949) pages 62-72

Not much different than the 1967 chapter by the same name, just we find out more about what Bess and George are wearing, also where George complained when they were walking around the mine, this time Bess does as well.

Chapter 9: Pursuit (1967) pages 76-84

It turns out that the vase that Nancy suspects is Mr. Soongs was sold to the shop by David Carr and he also sold the shop the vase that was sold to Helen’s parents. Mr. Soong is a close friend of the owner of the shop. Also, the vase that looks like Mr. Soong’s is really an expert forgery. Also, Mr. Carr and Mr. Manning are probably the same person. They find out which hotel Mr. Carr is staying in, but he’s checked out by the time they get there. However, the maid heard that he was going to the Oregon restaurant when they get there, Mr. Carr darts out the kitchen. Nancy cuts around the building and follows him onto the subway. This chapter also has an illustration (there aren’t any in the 1949 original)

Chapter 10: Mystery in Manhattan (1949) pages 73-85

Very much the same as the 1967 chapter with the same title, but with a little more description of Nancy’s visit with her aunt, such as what Aunt Eloise is wearing.

Chapter 10: New Developments (1967) pages 85-93

Although Nancy travels through multiple cars to catch Carr, she fails. She returns to the restaurant and spends another day sightseeing with her aunt. She also stops in the Chinese newspaper office to see who takes the paper in River Heights or Masonville. (Really?) Back home, she picks up Ned from his frat house (while first being hit on by most of the other boys) they go to the Register of Deeds to see who owns the Civil War mine. It’s the geology professor! When they confront him, he says it isn’t him and Nancy believes him.  However, he has found a mention in a book that says there is china clay at that spot.  Ned and Nancy take a picnic lunch to investigate. Then, they hear someone in distress, inside the enclosure!

Chapter 11: Pursuit (1949) pages 86-94

Exactly the same as the 1967 chapter by the same name.

Chapter 11: The Impostor (1967) pages 94-102

Ned and Nancy go to investigate, but can’t see anything. When they get back to River Heights, Hannah tells Nancy that Mr. Soong is in jail! He’s been accused of selling fake porcelain–but the vase matches the description of the one stolen from Helen’s house.  And the post-office clerk gave a description matching Mr. Soong. However, the footprints Nancy saw outside Helen’s house couldn’t have been make by Mr. Soong and the man who shipped the vase was right-handed, Mr. Soong is left-handed. Afterwards, Nancy sees Mr. Soong at a wedding.  When looking at the table of gifts, Mr. Soong sees a box that has Mr. Eng’s markings on it!

Chapter 12: The Strange Symbols (1949) pages 95-106

Similar to 1967’s chapter “New Developments.” However, on the subway, Nancy falls into a man’s lap when the train takes a sharp curve AND, before leaving New York, she receives a note telling her to stay off the case or her life will be in danger! Also, in 1967 Ned calls her the world’s prettiest detective, but in 1949 she’s the world’s cleverest. (I think, if you’re praising my detective skills, clever is better than pretty.)  Other than that, the chapter is very close to 1967.

Chapter 12: A Jade Elephant (1967) pages 103-109

Mr. Eng’s mark is hidden in the design of the box, instead of being at the bottom. The box is supposedly from the Wan Li period, so Mr. Eng couldn’t have made it, but… the markings in the vase also match those Nancy saw on the one stolen from Helen’s parents. Nancy finds out who gave the couple the box and where they purchased it. When she calls the shop, she finds that they bought it from David Carr!  On the way to the dance after the wedding, Ned and Nancy drive past the place where Nancy almost hit Mr. Manning and where she and George discovered the meeting in the woods. They see a flashlight and get out to investigate.  On the ground, Nancy finds a Jade Elephant, but then whomever had the flashlight steals Nancy’s car!

Chapter 13: The Impostor (1949) pages 107-118

Similar to the 1967 chapter by the same name. However, there is some quoting of ancient Chinese proverbs (not real ones, though) and at the wedding “The Oriental was attired in a striking, colorfully emroidered, full-length Chinese ceremonial robe with matching slippers.” (p116). (Ugh) There’s a lot more description of the actual wedding, which was skipped over in 1967. When looking at the gifts, discovering Mr. Eng”s box, we find out it has a plum blossom decoration and Mr. Soong tells Nancy the legend of the plum blossom (but it isn’t anything I can find as being an actual Chinese story).

Chapter 13: A Bold Plan (1967) pages 110-122

Ned and Nancy walk two miles to a gas station, in their formal clothes, where they call the police and get a ride home. The next morning, the police still have no trace of Nancy’s car, and she’s worried that it might be gone for good! She’s convicned that Manning-Carr is the one who stole it. Mr. Drew has done some more checking and found that he’s a notorious criminal and of “mixed blood” but looks like his American father (not his white father, his American father). He also has a brother who is another criminal, but he looks like “a Chinese.” Nancy’s going back to the mine, but not before Hannah warns her that she might be trespassing! Nancy calls Dick and tells him she found the jade elephant and then hides it in her dresser so she can bring it to him later. Bess drives Nancy and George back to the mine, this time bringing a ladder so they can peer over the fence. A strange lady dressed in a hooded lavendar robe catches them and tells them never to come back. She says that she belongs to the Order of the Lavender Women and that these gardens are sacred and whomever trespasses on them will be cursed by evil spirits.  When walking back to the car, they take a different way and find Nancy’s car! It’s undamaged, but someone left a pair of elevator shoes in their and the keys are missing. They go back the mine, this time Nancy drops over the side of the fence, but the Lavender Sister brings out a huge guard dog! He doesn’t see Nancy, but she’s trapped!

Chapter 14: A Jade Elephant (1949) pages 119-126

Pretty similiar to the 1967 chapter of the same name. This time, they stop on the way home from the dance instead of the way to it. Also, more details about the wedding reception.

Chapter 14: Mad Dash! (1967) pages 123-128

Nancy tries to sneak around the dog, then some Lavender sisters come out to feed it. Nancy writes a few notes to Bess and George, ties them to rocks, and chucks them over the fence. Eventually she makes a run for it, the dog right behind her, and Lavender sisters behind him! Up ahead there’s a car coming at her, but she doens’t know if its her friends, or the bad guys.

Chapter 15: A Bold Plan (1949) pages 127-135

Almost the same as the 1967 chapter by the same name, but we get a description of the game of gold Bess and George are playing, and more conversation, when Nancy comes to ask them to drive out to the old mine. Also, this ends when Nancy sees someone come out, but before we actually meet the Lavender Sister.

Chapter 15: Hot on the Trail (1967) pages 129-138

The Lavender Sisters decide that it was the dog who opened the gate and turn back. The car has Nancy’s friends in it, plus Dick and Hannah. Bess are George explain they got Nancy’s notes and went back to town for backup. Hannah says that Mr. Drew recieved an urgent call from Washington and took the afternoon plane.  Hannah brings Nancy’s spare key, so Nancy can drive her car home. When they get there, the house is dark, even though Hannah left the living room lights on when she left. The intruder is still in the house, even though he gets away before Nancy can catch him, and he has the jade elephant with him! He leaves footprints similiar to those left outside the Townsends house after the birthday party.

The next morning, Nancy goes over to Mr. Soong’s house, but he’s not there. She leaves him a note. Then she gets a call from the geology professor who has just received a large package of Chinese pottery paint that he didn’t order! Nancy’s conviced it was for the other Miles Monroe, who owns the land with the mine. She’s going to take the package back and stake out the post office. When she gets there, she finds the other Mr. Monroe has come and gone, but he doesn’t match the descpription of Manning-Carr. The clerk says he’s Chinese. When asked what he looked like the clerk says “Why, uh–like a Chinaman!” And that he’s going to hunt down the other Monroe to get his package back!

Chapter 16: The Threat (1949) pages 136-142

Much like the end of 1967’s “A Bold Plan” but the Lavender Sister talks more about their religious order and the sacredness of the grounds. Bess is freaked out by the evil spirits threatened by the evil spirits, while in 1967 she’s just creeped out by the general creepiness of the place.

Chapter 16: The Riddle Unravels (1967) pages 139-147

No one has been to the Monroe’s place yet, but he’s on the lookout. Nancy thinks it’s Manning-Carr’s brother, who also collected the money orders in Mr. Soong’s name.  (Also, “Feeling confident that the Oriental was probably the same one…” Ew) She goes off to babysit and then phones Mr. Soong, who never got Nancy’s message. He tells her that a symbol she saw near the mine is Chinese for “help”. Nancy starts putting the clues together and Mr. Soong tells her that her powers of deduction contain the wisdom of a Chinese philospher. Nancy thinks that the Engs are the ones making the forgeries. Mr. Soong is sure that they’re doing it against their will (DUH) and doesn’t want the police notified so that they can clear their names first. Nancy finishes babysitting and she and Mr. Soong return to the mine. There is a large deposit of China clay there, and Chinese people are mining it. Mr. Soong sees his friend Mr. Eng and a girl who might be his missing daughter.

Chapter 17: Pursuit! (1949) pages 143-149

Same at 1967’s “A Mad Dash”

Chapter 17: Reunion (1967) pages 148-155

Nancy and Mr.  Soong sneak into the building. The Engs are painting fakes of Mr. Soong’s stolen vase. A Lavender Sister comes in and slaps the girl who cries. After she leaves, the Engs start talking, the girl despairing they will never be rescued from this miserable life and confirming that they have been kidnapped. Mr. Soong steps out and introduces them to Nancy, but then they see Manning-Carr coming! Nancy and Mr. Soong put on work clothes and attempt to blend with the other people in the workroom. Mr. Eng confirms they are coping stolen originals and that Manning-Carr and his brother are the only ones who have the key to where the originals are stored. Then, the dog starts baying.

Chapter 18: A Burglar (1949) pages 150-156

Very similiar to the 1967 chapter, “Hot on the Trail” with some minor wording changes. The big change is that when they renter their house with the burglar still in it, it’s much more dramatic in 1949, and ends on the cliffhanger of Hannah screaming “Help! Help!” instead of ending the next day at the post office.

Chapter 18: Meeting the Enemy (1967) pages 156-161

Knowing they can’t get away with the dog out there, the Engs hide Nancy and Mr.  Soong in the old smelter room. They tell them all about how they were captured, and how they were caught and whipped everytime they tried to escape. The other workers there are also kidnapped or tricked foreigners and their wives, with no chance of escape. Then, Carr and the Lavender Sister (Carr’s wife) catches them! The woman takes away the Engs and Carr tells Nancy and Mr. Soong that he will “do away” with them before anyone can help save them!

Chapter 19: Mistaken Identity (1949) pages 157-163

The same as the end of “Hot on the Trail” chapter in the 1967 edition. The only difference is the end conversation with the post office clerk, which is much longer. After telling Nancy that the man was Chinese, and saying that he just looked like a Chinaman, Nancy presses him for more distinguishing features, anything, but to no avail. Then there is a very groan-worthy pun involving “Chinese puzzles.”

Chapeter 19: Escape (1967) pages 162-168

Carr has them now! He tells Nancy that he discovered the Engs were painting their names on the forgeries, so he and his brother were trying to steal all the forgeries and remove the names, so they couldn’t be traced by the “Federal dicks.” Carr goes away and Nancy and Mr. Soong try to find a way to escape, and then Carr’s brother comes–it’s Mr. Soong’s servant, Ching! He points out that nobody knows where Nancy is, and even if they did, no one would notice she was missing until dinner. Ching tells them that he and Carr are going to remove the original antiques and then dynamite the ceiling to the smelter room where they are trapped, causing the roof to cave in and kill Nancy and Mr. Soong. Nancy decides to try and climb out the chimney. She succeeds, but just as Mr. Carr’s wife (the Lavender sister) comes out, Nancy starts to slide off the roof!

Chapter 20: The Clue of the Leaning Chimney (1949) pages 164-170

Same as the first part of 1967’s “The Riddle Unravels,” ending when Nancy is done babysitting, after her conversation with Mr. Soong.

Chapter 20: A Fitting Reward (1967) pages 169-176

Of course, Nancy doesn’t fall off the roof and manages to escape. She doesn’t drive very far when she runs into a State Trooper. She flags him down, tells him the story, and he calls for backup.  They return to the old mine, and the police arrest a few of the workers, none of whom speak English, but Mr. Soong, the Engs, the dog, and the criminals are missing. Nancy guesses correctly that they’re all locked in the safe where they’ve been keeping the originals. The police demand they open the door at once, or they’ll batter it in! Amazingly, that works, and the criminals come out.

The Carrs give a complete cofession and Mr. Drew returns from Washington. Nancy tells him that the Carrs knew about the pit becaus their grandfather had discovered it, but the papers were in Shanghai, where they discovered them 5 years ago.  There was another man who might also have a claim to the pit, which is what the business with the stolen papers and the boarding house in Masonville was all about. Later there’s a party at Mr. Soong’s where the Engs give Nancy a vase with a picture of a girl (Nancy) battling a dragon (the evil Carrs) and saving three Chinese people (the Engs and Mr. Soong). Um, would a dragon be representing bad people in traditional Chinese cosmology? Anyone?

And Mr. Soong lends Dick the money so he can buy the China clay at the mill and make some really nice ceramics.


Chapter 21: The Riddle Unravels (1949) pages 171-177

Much like the end of 1967’s “The Riddle Unravels” but with some description of Eng Lei’s hairstyle.

Chapter 22: Reunion (1949) pages 178-184

Same as the 1967 chapter with the same name.

Chapter 23: Meeting the Enemy (1949) pages 185-193

Much the same as the 1967 chapter with the same name, but this time Carr is referred to as “swarthy” and his offences against his workers are worse. He also tells Nancy and Mr. Soong that he will “eliminate” them insteading merely “doing away” with them like he did in 1967.

Chapter 24: Escape (1949) pages 194-202

The same as the 1967 chapter with the same name.

Chapter 25: A Fitting Reward (1949) pages 203-212

Almost the same as the last chapter in the 1967 edition, but once in the 1949 edition, the Carr brothers are referred to as “half caste” which was striken from the sentence in 1967. Also, there is more explanaiton of the painting on the vase Nancy recieves as a gift, and the Engs also give Nancy a Chinese name. And, Nancy almost cries when she recieves the vase, something that doesn’t happen in 1967.


4 Responses to The Case of the Changing Editions, or, The Clue of the Leaning Chimney

  1. Great comparison. Enjoyed reading it. Please do more such original vs revised reviews.

  2. […] The Secret in the Old Attic–Another Nancy Drew Case of the Changing Editions Hello and welcome to another chapter-by-chapter analysis of the dueling editions. In the past, I have done this with The Bungalow Mystery and The Clue of the Leaning Chimney. […]

  3. Avinash Machado says:

    Thanks. Will check out your analysis of the “Old Attic” now.

  4. Excellent comparisons. I applaud you for taking on this task, and it makes for enjoyable reading. Kudoes!

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