Dating Chrestomanci/Caprona

Kyra Jucovy klj at
Wed Aug 6 10:51:35 EDT 2003

Delurking this time because I'm at work, so writing to the list is more

I'm quite confident that in my copy of _Witch Week_ the journal entries
that the students write are all dated, in October and November of (I
think) 1980.  I remember this because it was always slightly discouraging
to think that the book had taken place before I was born, but,
simultaneously, it had only just missed ;-).  When exactly WW takes
place in relationship to _Charmed Life_ is an open question, but
Chrestomanci still speaks of Janet as his "ward" in it, which I suspect he
wouldn't do if it took place sufficiently long after for Janet to be grown
up.  So I always assumed exactly what Paul did.

I think I have these books far too well-memorized.  Creeping
antimacassars!  Creeping antimacassars!


"Day is as light as your brightest dream.  Night is as dark as you feel it
ought to be.  Time is as fast as the slowest thing."

			---Ray Davies (the Kinks), "Wonderboy"

On Wed, 6 Aug 2003, Paul Andinach wrote:

> I've always assumed, based on the our-world references, that _Charmed
> Life_ and _Witch Week_ are set at around the same time they were
> written (mid-to-late 70s and early-to-mid 80s respectively), with the
> others spread out around them as appropriate, and that the
> old-fashioned appearance of the place is due to the differences in
> history - in particular the existance of magic, which would make the
> world appear low-tech when really it's just different-tech.
> (Ouch. Evil run-on sentence.)
> Paul
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