I’m still tweaking, which is either unfortunate or meaningful, depending on your perspective.
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Striking Balance: The Peculiar Making of Beatrice Benjamin Sophia Scott Schnell Gow is a queer Historical Paranormal Fantasy set in, you guessed it, Appalachia. This Appalachia, however, is the frontier, and the story takes place during the Revolutionary War era and the time after, meaning the late 18th century. This explains the narrator’s voice. If you’ve read the letters and journals of the period, you’ll recognize it as reflective of those.
This week I’m picking up where I left off in Chapter One. The part in orange comes from last week’s post, “The Best Price,” and it’s Ben speaking.
“I’ve heard the great cooks in Europe, the ones who cook for King George, are men. And my father journeyed as a baker.”
“Baker, blacksmith. Seems he had more than his share of work teachins’. And we’re not in Europe sufferin’ under the monarchs. We’re here and free.” He slows even more. “We’re Patriots, not Tories, so we don’t live in a palace or have all their belongins’, but you’re good at cookin’, however you learnt it.”
“Thank you.” I hold myself taller as the Alcott’s cabin comes into view. “Are you certain I can’t eat in the kitchen?”
Word Nerd Moment: Learned versus learnt. While learnt is archaic in the modern U.S. (even Grammarly tells me it’s wrong), I have seen it used in contemporary British English, which I find very interesting considering it’s still commonly used in Appalachia, the probable result of our strong Scots-Irish roots (We’re most certainly not exclusively Scots-Irish blood. No, we’re much more complicated). We hold tightly to our dialect even when people tell us how ignorant we sound. Yes, ignorant… even those of us with multiple degrees including PhDs. It’s disheartening.
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