Shades of Mrs. Elton
Posted by Carolyn B on April 24, 1998 at 23:18:12:
I'm sorry, but I just had to share this. I'm currently reading Fanny (mother of Anthony) Trollope's Domestic Manners of the Americans(first published 1832) in which she always refers to her husband as "Mr. T."
In the footnotes the editor quotes a contemporary reviewer who found this practice quite vulgar: "Would any well-bred woman of any country designate her husband by the levelling term, 'Mr. T?'" (Gentleman's Magazine, April 1832)
Perhaps the reviewer had read Emma and Mrs. Trollope had not?
BTW, does anyone know if Gentleman's Magazine was an English or American publication?
- The Gentleman's Magazine John W 03:31:23 4/26/98 (0)
- The Gentleman's Magazine, British (1781-?) (nfm) P. Bingham 01:27:15 4/25/98 (0)
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