[DWJ] Re: Heyer names

Minnow minnow at belfry.org.uk
Tue Sep 26 13:03:58 EDT 2006

Devra wrote

>Isn't the very miserly uncle in [damn, which  book is that - the girl is
>raised by her miserly uncle, and thinks she wants to  marry one cousin,
>but ends
>up marrying Freddie-the-tulip  instead]


>named Pennicuik (which is a town in
>Scotland)? And the Brits are  always accusing the Scots of being tight with

I think it may have been more that Penicuik can be pronounced
"penny-quick", which suited the miserly old horror.  The other really
notable miser in Heyer (the grandfather in *Charity Girl* who marries his
housekeeper to save money) is called Lord Nettlecombe, and the two places
called Nettlecombe are in Dorset and on the Isle of Wight.

BTW, surely if the English are to be called "Brits", the Scots are "Brits"
as well, both nationalities being British or Britons, for which that's the
faintly-derogatory abbreviation?

>    Devra (much too lazy to move the chair, kneel down,  and examine all the
>Heyers on the bottom shelf...)

At one point Heyer got a scare because she used a name that belonged to
someone who didn't like the character who had that name in the book and
threatened to make a fuss, so after that date practically all the
characters in her books (apart from historical personages) have surnames
that are place-names in mainland Britain or the Isle of Man -- but not
generally Northern Ireland.  There are a few exceptions, such as the nurse
called "Button", whose name has to be that or an incident in the book
wouldn't work...

It's not a bad way to find names for characters.


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