Honour Discours: Labels

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Reading Angus Wilson’s 1973 novel As if by magic, I came upon a passage that struck me as a powerful demonstration of how the honour  discours works. In this part of his book Wilson describes how a young girl named Alexandra went to the country to her great-grandparents to learn more about her family. She […]

Thomas Hardy: A Pair of Blue Eyes

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Hardy, Th., A pair of Blue Eyes Penguin Popular Classics 1994. In this novel, written in 1872-3, Hardy describes how two young people met in a remote place in England’s South West, somewhere near Plymouth. Elfride Swancourt lives with her widower-father in a small village, where he is the local parson. Seeing his chucrh being […]

‘Getting herself abducted’? No….

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Several Dutch elopement stories recently published suggest that the young woman would ‘let herself be taken away’ by her lover. Both early modern elopements and abductions are in Dutch called schaking. Elopements were done with the help and consent of the young lady, abductions took place without her consent and thus violently. Nevertheless, the Dutch […]