Dialect in British Fiction: 1800-1836Funded by The Arts and Humanities Research CouncilSupported by The University of Sheffield
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Dallas, Robert C.Aubrey: A Novel. By R.C. Dallas esq. Author of Percival
Author Details
Surname:Dallas
First Names:Robert C.
Gender:Male
Anonymous:No
Publication Details
Publisher:Printed for T.N. Longman and O. Rees, Paternoster-Row.
Place:London
Date:1804
Novel Details
Genre:Courtship; didactic/moralising; travel
Setting:London; Cambridge; Warwickshire; Portugal (Oporto)
Period:Contemporary
Plot
The eponymous Aubrey is heir to his childless uncle's large estate. He studies theology at Cambridge as a young man, and is determined to pursue a life of goodness and philanthropy. He travels around UK, and falls in love with Emily, a virtuous country girl, whom he subsequently marries, although secretly because he fears disinheritance from his uncle. Supported by his family, he lives comfortably. When his uncle dies, he finds he has been disinherited, and a period of poverty follows when he takes the curacy of a village parish, although the family is happy and fulfilled in this role. Much of the narrative is occupied by the embedded tale of Aubrey's friend, Dick Cowper as he recounts his life in Oporto and sundry English villages. Overall it is a highly moral and didactic tale, and one which ends happily, with appropriate repentances, marriages and so on.
Overview of the Dialect
'Negro' representation is quite extensive (there is a 'negro servant', Caesar, pp. 74-80). There is an extensive passage of metalinguistic commentary / prescriptive attitudes and several 'rustic' village-dwellers have marked dialect.
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Speaker #1:Julius Caesar - Servant
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Slave
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Minor
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Servant
Social Role Category:Slave
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Not specified in text, but reference is made to him being 'given his name' on a 'plantation in the West Indies' (Vol 1, p.73).
Place of Origin Category:Caribbean
Extract #1 dialect features:
Speakers: All , Julius Caesar
Extract #2 dialect features:
Speakers: All , Julius Caesar
Extract #3 dialect features:
Speaker #2:Local shopkeepers and merchants - Shopkeepers
Individual or Group:Group
Primary Identity:Local shopkeepers and merchants
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Shopkeepers
Social Role Category:Trade or craft
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:London
Place of Origin Category:London, South East England, England
Speaker #3:Cottager - Non-specific 'rustic'
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Cottager
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - middle aged
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Non-specific 'rustic'
Social Role Category:Respectable poor
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Warwickshire
Place of Origin Category:Warwickshire, South West England, England
Speaker #4:Mr Cowsel - Farmer
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Farmer
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - middle aged
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Farmer
Social Role Category:Trade or craft
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Warwickshire
Place of Origin Category:Warwickshire, South West England, England
Speaker #5:James McKnucle - 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:Trade or craft
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Irish; living in London
Place of Origin Category:Ireland
Speaker #6:Grant - Non-specific 'countryman'
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Countryman
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Non-specific 'countryman'
Social Role Category:Respectable poor
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Warwickshire
Place of Origin Category:Warwickshire, South West England, England
Speaker #7:Aubrey - Vicar
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Aubrey
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - young
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Central
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Vicar
Social Role Category:Clergy
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Born and lived in South of England, chiefly London
Place of Origin Category:London, South East England, England
Speaker #8:The Scot - Unspecified
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:The Scot
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

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