Comparison of ‘The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion’ and ‘Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion
Here is something you need to know before you bother r...moreComparison of ‘The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion’ and ‘Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion
Here is something you need to know before you bother reading these different text versions of this Nancy Drew book. These are completely different books. The only things in common would be is that there is a mysterious moss-covered mansion with African jungle cats inside. You’ll be on completely different rides for each book. As you may know, the revised text was made for more modern audiences. (in the 70’s) I could tell that as I read the books. In the original text, there is a 40’s setting, and although Nancy is still adventurous and bold, she is a bit more a ‘proper lady’. When you read the original text, you may find that it is quite slow for the first half, then lots happens in the second half. Another thing people may not like is the countless attempts she has trying to get into the mansion. However, one thing I admire about this book compared to the other one is that the mystery is really centered on the moss-covered mansion and trying to figure it out. Nancy didn’t really get deep into the idea of the mansion as much. More young readers today would prefer the revised text. There is a lot more things happening in it, and Nancy went to more places. There is a more modern personality, and readers will enjoy that. I prefer the mystery in the original text however. But that is just me.
Here are the descriptions for the two texts: Original Text: Nancy's father Carson Drew enlists her help in tracking down a missing heiress, and Nancy, Bess and George stumble upon a mysterious moss-covered mansion. They later hear that someone was murdered near the mansion and they hear strange noises coming from inside. Revised Text: a friend of Nancy's father has been arrested and charged with sending a truck loaded with explosive oranges into the Space Center complex at Cape Kennedy. Knowing that he could not possibly be guilty of sabotage, Nancy and her father rush to the defense of the accused innocent man. During the Drews' investigation, Nancy becomes suspicious of an old, spooky mansion. Behind a high mesh enclosure, wild African animals roam about the extensive grounds. Nancy discovers that something besides the training of wild animals is going on at the mysterious moss-covered mansion estate. (less)