Quick revise
  • A sense of threat.
  • Used to make the pact of secrecy.
  • Symbol of power and authority when linked to Mr Hayward.
  • Used as a weapon against Mrs Hayward.
The Diary
  • Should be secret.
  • The mystery symbols are wrongly and innocently interpreted by the boys.
  • The x probably represents Mrs Hayward’s periods, although this mystery is never fully explained.
  • By invading her privacy all sorts of problems ensue.