A dramatic monologue of sorts
Reading your footnotes Terry, the mental picture of your wife throttling the Irish police officer for comments re 'womenfolk'. 😅😂Imagining a lawyer making a case with this (self effacing) style would be interesting. I've heard speakers do this and it makes me crazy!
This reminds me of some of the timid characters portrayed on television shows. It's maddening! (Not the speech style; I'm infuriated by how often shows incorporate this self-effacing wall-flower trope into the cast.)
You did a good job, judging by how irate I became while reading. 🤣
Funny -- I am quite familiar with the non-assertive speaker in this monologue. It is the very same type of monologue that crowds my poor head every time I sit down to write a story. The anti-muse. It hangs around for the first and second draft and then, just before I hit "PUBLISH", it comes back. We are old friends.
I like this post a lot - and I loathe the odious ‘wife’, ‘Mrs’, (and ‘hubby’) references. It’s never good to blur someone into an anonymous third person. But, here in West Berkshire these and others are too common. Oh - and great reference to ‘My Last Duchess’. It’s one of my favourites - and a great one to teach. Though I think it’s not only his ‘last’ duchess he’s bumped off .... Good stuff as always.
Awesome post - it really made me think about risky vocab choices in unassertive, 'hedging' kind of conversations.
Also....... *coughs* ....I'm afraid I'm one of those 'please just get on with it!' conversationalists. I'm a NIGHTMARE. I'll never forget someone I hadn't known for very long saying to me 'GET TO THE POINT, REBECCA!'
I shut up in a flash! 🤣
My Substack posts take me a day to write and the rest of the week to cut down from 10,000 words of prevarication to just the 1,500 I like to publish.... 🤣
Not keen on those either; I think it much nicer to hear affectionate terms, I am otherwise puzzled by what feels to me like a lack of respect or love for the person you choose to be with.
As for the unassertive experiment, finding it hard to warm to him, which I didn't expect! Good caricature.
I'm not a fan of the missus or wifey 😒 But it's a thing people do.