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Class and language in the books


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Posted by MarkD on September 15, 2017 at 01:09:37 user MarkD.

Hi, not sure if this has been covered before, but I was re-reading the books after joining tars and one thing that struck me was some of the language used by the children - "dinner" instead of "lunch", "tea" instead of "dinner", "Cook" instead of "Mrs Braithwaite" for example. All of these aren't terms I'd expect people of that social class from the South of England to use these days. Was it different back then, or does it e.g. just reflect Ransome's own usage (i.e. Northern usage for meal names)?



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