Posted by Stolzi on June 15, 1998 at 09:37:19:
In response to another small point to ponder, written by Gayle on June 14, 1998 at 22:42:28
] Barry, as long as we are pondering small points, why does she sometimes refer to places as ----shire or such - like she's leaving out part of the name to protect the innocent or something.
I don't know why " ___shire" etc, but it was commonly done, by other novelists as well as by JA. Perhaps it gave the impression that this was a true story; perhaps it protected the author from being judged for mistakes in local color? Evidence for the former could be that (if I recall) often some of the minor characters in the story, also, were referred to as "Captain D____," "Mrs. K____ F______" and the like.
- Thanks! This sheds some light on the subject. (nfm) Gayle 22:51:23 6/15/98 (0)
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