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03 March 2012



I know exactly how you feel on the pedantry. I stopped watching the BBC adaptation of 'Bleak House' when John Jarndyce introduced himself to Lady Dedlock WITHOUT DOFFING HIS HAT. A grotesque social solecism at that time and designed to halt anyone's willing suspension of disbelief.


I read somewhere that the production team do research the clothes, so they get those right, and then they make errors of that sort - errors of language and manners, which tell you so much more about the society than whether women wore bustles or crinolines. How a gentleman should treat a lady was engrained - and said something about the relations of the place of women (or rather, ladies) in that time.

I saw an adaptation of Turn of the Screw where someone used the word "parenting" - that ultra modern word and ultra modern attitude towards families.


Also, you seem to be the same Allan who used to blog on Raised Beach and comment here now and then - glad to welcome you back.


Thank you for the welcome. You're right about the way they make such errors after months looking at buttons and boots. As to ladies, there's a great scene in 'Little Dorrit' where Arthur Clennam, entering the house of the working class Plornish family, removes his hat, something commented upon favourably by Mrs Plornish and an indicator that he is a real gent.

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