Cain

“His pore mother, not being a Scripture-read woman, made a mistake at his christening, thinking ‘twas Abel killed Cain, and called ‘em Cain, meaning Abel all the time. The parson put it right, but ‘twas too late, for the name could never be got rid of in the parish. ‘Tis very unfortunate for the boy…. We soften it down as much as we can, and call him Cainy.”

(Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd, 1874)

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