Names & Naming

Names have values embodied in them. They carry baggage.

(John Sutherland, Who betrays Elizabeth Bennet?, 1999)

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Jasper

Jasper is not a reassuring name, and from its overtones alone I deduce that John Jasper did indeed murder Edwin Drood. It could, however, be a case of ‘give a dog a bad name and hang him’.

(John Sutherland, Who betrays Elizabeth Bennet? 1999)

Fred

‘Fred’ … seems to bring with it associations of weakness: as in Fred Vincy (Middlemarch) and Fred Neville (An eye for an eye), two of the weakest-kneed heroes found in the novel of the period.

(John Sutherland, Who betrays Elizabeth Bennet?, 1999)