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Date Posted: Tue, January 09 2024, 6:54:26
Author: kgp
Subject: QOTD for Tuesday, January 9, 2024

The following quotation is from Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon. Copyright 2022 All Rights Reserved. Chapter 34 The Son Of A Preacher-Man

A good deal of warmth having been enkindled by the song - and Bluebell’s contribution - everyone had sat quietly for a few minutes. I’d felt Jamie, beside me, draw himself up a little, as though having made a decision, and he told the congregation about Sylvia Hardman, a Quaker woman he’d met by chance at her house near Philadelphia, and who had cared for him for several days, his back having chosen to incapacitate him.

“Besides her great kindness,” he said, “I was taken by her wee daughters. They were as kind as their mother - but it was their names I liked most. Patience, Prudence, and Chastity, they were called. So I’d meant to ask ye, Rachel - do Friends often call their children after virtues?”

“They do,” she said, and smiling at Jemmy, who had started to twitch a little, added, “Jeremiah - if thee wasn’t called Jeremiah, what name would thee choose? If thee were to be named for a virtue, I mean.”

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[> I just love Rachel and the reminder of Mrs. Hardman. The chapter title struck me because I LOVE Dusty Springfield’s song. Naming your children is a fascinating process and it’s so interesting to me what names get chosen/“put upon”. These little girls were in the direst circumstances and I wonder if their names were their mother’s hopes. One more thing, Diana’s use of names - Mrs. Hard Man? Pure thing! -- Kathy in PA, Wed, January 10 2024, 4:42:20

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[> [> I meant poor thing, although pure in heart fits her too. -- Kathy in PA, Wed, January 10 2024, 4:48:22

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[> [> [> LOL, I never thought about her last name, Kathy in PA! -- DianaH, Wed, January 10 2024, 9:52:36

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[> [> I didn't catch that either! -- kgp, Wed, January 10 2024, 12:46:33

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