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Written by LaurieC
(3/21/2004 11:56 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Chapter 3 -- Lord & Lady Chatfield, penned by katleen (elder)
I was interested in Elizabeth's conversation with Professor Randolph. First, that he continues the superstitious objects theme; second, that Parrish is sponsoring him (presumably with real cash); and then I had L&T sorts of questions:
In a thread below, someone mentioned Caroline marrying an American, and this conversation "British seas are no place to speak with an American accent right now," seemed to confirm the oddity of it. Has the year this is taking place been established? Also, was America typically called the "United States" (p. 16) in casual conversation?
Also, I was interested in the character of Professor Randolph. Such as his self-described cycle of lecturing for a time, going on expeditions, then being dropped in favor of his artifacts. I wonder if this is based on any other archaeologists of the time?
I love books that make me wonder...
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