Characters Both Flat and Round – Charley Kinraid from ‘Sylvia’s Lovers’

'O wha's like my Johnnie, Sae leish, sae blithe, sae bonnie? He's foremost 'mang the mony Keel lads o' coaly Tyne; He'll set or row sae tightly Or, in the dance sae sprightly, He'll cut and shuffle slightly, 'Tis true, were he nae mine.' 'He wears a blue bonnet, Blue bonnet, blue bonnet, He wears … Continue reading Characters Both Flat and Round – Charley Kinraid from ‘Sylvia’s Lovers’

Plasticity,Recycled Characters and Beloved Brothers: Part One: Elizabeth Gaskell

In an earlier post, I discussed how Elizabeth Gaskell used a particular character type - suely largely based on her lost and beloved brother - the charming, brave, dashing and handsome sailor, three times, in slightly different variations. She used this character type possibly four times, if I count the returned sailor 'Poor Peter' in  … Continue reading Plasticity,Recycled Characters and Beloved Brothers: Part One: Elizabeth Gaskell