Dialect in British Fiction: 1800-1836Funded by The Arts and Humanities Research CouncilSupported by The University of Sheffield
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Oakley, PeregrineAureus; or the Life and Opinions of a Sovereign, Written by Himself.
Author Details
Surname:Oakley
First Names:Peregrine
Gender:Male
Anonymous:No
Publication Details
Publisher:Printed for George Wightman, 46, Fleet-Street.
Place:London
Date:1824
Novel Details
Genre:Biography; courtship; domestic; fantasy; manners/society; satirical
Setting:London
Period:Contemporary
Plot
Despite the title, this is not actually an autobiography, rather it is a satire based on a 'found' manuscript. The sovereign of the title is a gold sovereign coin, and the whole narrative is related from the point of view of this coin, which passes through many hands, and is privy to numerous events and conversations.
Overview of the Dialect
A range of different language varieties appear, including West Indies, French accented English and Scots.
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Speaker #1:M. Noyaux - Planter just returned from West Indies
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:The planter
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:1st person
Role:Minor
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Planter just returned from West Indies
Social Role Category:Trade or craft
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:West Indies (French-speaking)
Place of Origin Category:France
Speaker #2:Jeanie Mackenzie - Ex-servant and wife of soldier
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Jeanie
Gender:Female
Age:Adult - middle aged
Narrative Voice:1st person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Ex-servant and wife of soldier
Social Role Category:Servant
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Scottish
Place of Origin Category:Edinburgh, Scotland
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Speaker #3:Abigail - Chambermaid
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Abigail
Gender:Female
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:1st person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Chambermaid
Social Role Category:Servant
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:French
Place of Origin Category:Paris, France
Speaker #4:Gold coin (narrator) - Individual
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Narrator (first person)
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:1st person
Role:Central
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:
Social Role Category:
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:
Place of Origin Category:Unspecified
Speaker #5:Mrs Dory - Wife of fish seller
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Fishwife
Gender:Female
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:1st person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Wife of fish seller
Social Role Category:Trade or craft
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Unspecified (visiting London)
Place of Origin Category:England
Speaker #6:Maid - Maid
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Maid
Gender:Female
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:1st person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Maid
Social Role Category:Servant
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:London (Cockney)
Place of Origin Category:London, South East England, England
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Version 1.1 (December 2015)Background image reproduced from the Database of Mid Victorian Illustration (DMVI)