Posted by Eva on August 11, 1998 at 23:02:14:
In response to NA question, written by AmandaB on August 11, 1998 at 22:05:54
] I've just started NA, and a line confused me. It was, "Her father was a clergyman, without being neglected, or poor, and a very respectable man, though his name was Richard -- and he had never been handsome." What does being a respectable man have to do with being named Richard? I am most seriously confused!
] P.S. If this needs to be moved to Life and Times or a NA board, just tell me and I will.
I think that it is because Richard must have been a popular name for the villain or village idiot or something in the novels of JA's day, and she is saying that despite his name, he is NOT a handsome rogue but a perfectly ordinary person. NA being a parody, there are lots of bits that poke fun at literary stereotypes from Gothic novels. (I'm just raving on here.) I hope that that sounds faintly sensible.
- Villainous Dicks Linden 23:11:30 8/11/98 (4)
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