Dialect in British Fiction: 1800-1836Funded by The Arts and Humanities Research CouncilSupported by The University of Sheffield
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Substance and Shadow; or, the Fisherman's Daughters of Brighton. A Patchwork Story in Four Volumes.
Author Details
Author Name:Unknown
Gender:Unknown
Anonymous:Yes
Publication Details
Publisher:Printed at the Minerva-Press, for A.K. Newman and Co. Leadenhall-Street.
Place:London
Date:1812
Novel Details
Genre:Courtship; Gothic; manners/society; mystery
Setting:Brighton; Bath
Period:Contemporary
Plot
The story begins with two babies who are orphaned when their parents set out to sea in a storm. One child - Mary - is taken in by Lady Elwyn, and brought up to be an accomplished young lady, while the other is snatched by a mysterious, oddly dressed single woman. Lady Elwyn dies, and a new Lady Emlyn (who is 'vulgar' and unaccomplished) takes her place, causing Mary unhappiness. Mary falls in love with Henry, son of Lord Elwyn, but he eventually marries Lauretta, the daughter of one of the second Lady Elwyn's odd friends. Mary meets Henry's best friend (whom she marries), and he solves the mystery of the missing twin sister (who turns out to be Lauretta).
Overview of the Dialect
The fisherwoman who has been left in charge of the baby girls has several pages of moderately marked dialect. The second Lady Emlyn attracts prescriptive metalinguistic commentary and has her non-standrdness italicised throughout. She also has v/w transposition.
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Speaker #1:Moll Stevens - Individual
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Childminder
Gender:Female
Age:Adult - elderly
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Minor
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:
Social Role Category:Respectable poor
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Brighton
Place of Origin Category:Brighton, Sussex, South East England, England
Speaker #2:Miss Lawson - Minor socialite
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Miss Lawson
Gender:Female
Age:Adult - young
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Minor
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Minor socialite
Social Role Category:Aristocracy or gentry
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Brighton
Place of Origin Category:Brighton, Sussex, South East England, England
Speaker #3:Timothy Piff - Servant (later becomes husband of second Lady Elwyn)
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Under-butler
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Significant
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Servant (later becomes husband of second Lady Elwyn)
Social Role Category:Servant
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Assume Brighton from setting of text (although not specified in text)
Place of Origin Category:Brighton, Sussex, South East England, England
Extract #1 dialect features:
Extract #2 dialect features:
Speaker #4:The overseer - Overseer of parish workhouse
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:The overseer
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - elderly
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Minor
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Overseer of parish workhouse
Social Role Category:Professional
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Brighton (assumed from setting)
Place of Origin Category:Brighton, Sussex, South East England, England
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Version 1.1 (December 2015)Background image reproduced from the Database of Mid Victorian Illustration (DMVI)