Dialect in British Fiction: 1800-1836Funded by The Arts and Humanities Research CouncilSupported by The University of Sheffield
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Whitfield, HenryA Picture From Life: or, the History of Emma Tankerville and Sir Henry Moreton. By Henry Whitfield, M.A.
Author Details
Surname:Whitfield
First Names:Henry
Gender:Female
Anonymous:No
Publication Details
Publisher:Pritned for S. Highley.
Place:London
Date:1804
Novel Details
Genre:Courtship; didactic/moralising; Gothic; satirical
Setting:London; Newmarket; Vienna
Period:Contemporary
Plot
At the heart of the 'plot' is the romance between the virtuous, pious, benevolent and beautiful Emma Tankerville and her selfless, charming, brave suitor, Henry Moreton. They meet at the beginning of the book and fall in love, but Henry has to escape to Vienna to avoid repercussions after he wounds his love rival in a duel to defend the honour of Emma. Emma and Henry meet again in Vienna in the penultimate chapter, and are living in blissful domestic harmony with their daughters by the end of the last chapter. The intervening chapters are an eclectic melange of character sketches, satirical interludes, moral dissertations and other disconnected - or tangentially connected - stretches of authorial commentary.
Overview of the Dialect
Quite a few characters have some kind of idiolect, mostly as a result of the satirical bent of the novel. There is an amusing French accent/language in Vol 1 (Facile) and some Greek and Latin when Dr Anapest is introduced at beginning of Vol 2. Several of the more caricatured characters have italicised nonstandard language.
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Speaker #1:Facile - Valet de chambre
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Valet de chambre
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Valet de chambre
Social Role Category:Servant
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:France
Place of Origin Category:France
Speaker #2:John - Servant
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Servant
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - middle aged
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Servant
Social Role Category:Servant
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Unspecified, but presumably England
Place of Origin Category:England
Speaker #3:Bailiff - Bailiff
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Bailiff
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Bailiff
Social Role Category:Professional
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Unspecified, but presumably England
Place of Origin Category:England
Speaker #4:Doctor Anapest - Scholar
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Doctor Anapest
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Minor
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Scholar
Social Role Category:Professional
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Unspecified, but presumably England
Place of Origin Category:England
Extract #1 dialect features:
Speakers: All , Doctor Anapest
Extract #2 dialect features:
Speakers: All , Doctor Anapest
Extract #3 dialect features:
Speaker #5:Sally - Chambermaid in Inn
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Maid
Gender:Female
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Chambermaid in Inn
Social Role Category:Servant
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Assumed local to Newmarket, but this is not specified in text
Place of Origin Category:Newmarket, Suffolk, South East England, England
Speaker #6:English commander - Ship's commander
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:English commander
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Minor
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Ship's commander
Social Role Category:Military
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:
Place of Origin Category:England
Speaker #7:Mr Snug - Tradesman and usurer
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Tradesman
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - middle aged
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Tradesman and usurer
Social Role Category:Trade or craft
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:London
Place of Origin Category:London, South East England, England
Extract #1 dialect features:
Speakers: All , Mr Snug
Extract #2 dialect features:
Speakers: All , Mr Snug
Extract #3 dialect features:
Speakers: All , Mr Snug, interlocutor
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Version 1.1 (December 2015)Background image reproduced from the Database of Mid Victorian Illustration (DMVI)