Dialect in British Fiction: 1800-1836Funded by The Arts and Humanities Research CouncilSupported by The University of Sheffield
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I'll Consider of it! A Tale, in Three Volumes, in which
Author Details
Author Name:Unknown
Gender:Unknown
Anonymous:Yes
Publication Details
Publisher:Printed for Thomas Tegg, No. 111, Cheapside.
Place:London
Date:1812
Novel Details
Genre:Anecdotal; courtship
Setting:London; Madeira
Period:Contemporary
Plot
Thre is not much by way of plot, although the narrative is loosely gathered around Sir Philip and his wife Lady Dorimon (a 'vulgar' character) and the social scene / marriage market, chiefly as it impacts on their children's generation. The tendency to procrastinate (see title) is frequently alluded to. Additionally, the author responds to an earlier novel (Thinks I to Myself) and supplies harsh criticism of it throughout his own narrative. These comments are often quite detailed (page numbers of the target volume given), and bear little relevance to the circumstances and characters of the current novel.
Overview of the Dialect
Lady Dorimon (considered 'vulgar') has non-standard grammar and v/w transposition (e.g. vol 1 pp. 35-6; 52-3; 130-1). Some metalanguage is attached to this character. Mr Scrimp, a crusty old bachelor, also represented with non-standard grammar, is very similar to that used for Lady Dorimon. Most non-standardness is italicised.
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Speaker #1:Lady Dorimon - Gentry
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Lady Dorimon
Gender:Female
Age:Adult - middle aged
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Central
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Gentry
Social Role Category:Aristocracy or gentry
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Not given, but set in London, so assume South East
Place of Origin Category:London, South East England, England
Extract #1 dialect features:
Speakers: All , Lady Dorimon
Extract #2 dialect features:
Extract #3 dialect features:
Speaker #2:Mr Clarkson - Not clear from text (transitory visitor)
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Mr Clarkson
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Not clear from text (transitory visitor)
Social Role Category:Unspecified
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Unspecified, but presumably England
Place of Origin Category:England
Speaker #3:Mr Scrimp - Merchant
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Old bachelor
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - elderly
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Merchant
Social Role Category:Trade or craft
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Assumed London (from setting of text) although not given.
Place of Origin Category:London, South East England, England
Speaker #4:Narrator (third person) - Individual
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Narrator (third person)
Gender:Unknown
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:
Social Role Category:
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:
Place of Origin Category:Unspecified
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Version 1.1 (December 2015)Background image reproduced from the Database of Mid Victorian Illustration (DMVI)