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Topic: Why do some author's not write in a location/church name?

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Kim (Mistry) -
Subject: Why do some author's not write in a location/church name?
Date Posted: 2/28/2011 3:55 PM ET
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  In reading a few historica fictionl novels, I've noticed that some authors skip a church name, such as St. Francis' and instead, it reads as   St. ____'s Parish , or church.  Also in locations, as well.  In the book I'm reading now, the main character is introduced to Sir John O'Reilly   County ________, Ireland. 

Are we supposed to fill in the blanks or is there a reason for this style of writing?

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 4:11 PM ET
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What book are you reading?  Is it a e-book, because I have noticed some weird formatting in e-books.

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 2/28/2011 4:32 PM ET
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It's not an e-book, it's the 3rd in a series by Pamela Aidan, "These Three Remain"  a telling of  Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy's point of view. Excellent book, very well done, but it's just so glaring that I notice it when it comes up.  I've seen it in other older historical fiction books as well, but can't recall which ones.

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 4:46 PM ET
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I've seen that in old fiction myself.  Sometimes they do that with personal names, like "Mr. D_____ of Wessex" or whatever.  I'm not sure where that comes from.  Genie, our research specialist, will help us, I'm sure! 

 

ETA: When I say old, I mean from the 19th century.  



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Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 2/28/2011 5:19 PM ET
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Yes, Vicky, exactly like that! I knew I'd seen it in other older books but seeing it today reminded me and I am curious.

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 5:58 PM ET
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Kim, there's an interesting discussion about this very topic here.

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 5:59 PM ET
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I just finished Uncle Tom's Cabin and she does that throughout--mostly with place names, as if she didn't want a reader to know exactly where something was.

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 2/28/2011 6:02 PM ET
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Thank you, Vicky I"ll check that out!

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 8:30 PM ET
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It used to be you saw this kinda thing in older books, which must have had something to do with defamation/libel concerns. Are you now seeing it in a newer book?

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 9:03 PM ET
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See you learn stuff if you hang out in here!  That is very interesting.

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 10:43 PM ET
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Genie, I think she said she was reading a newer novel written in the style of Jane Austen.  So that would explain it..

Date Posted: 3/1/2011 7:48 AM ET
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Ah, well, it helps to read all the words written. wink Thanks, Vicky! I guess that does explain it.