December 26th, 2006

ocean deep

social life in 18th century Italy

Sorry if this question seems stupid, but I've tried searching and I've only come up with life in England and America.

I need to know specifically how women were expected to act in 18th century Italy--how they were to address people, how they spent their free time, and what they were restricted to. If anyone could provide useful links, that would be just as good. Thanks in advance!
  • siyengo

Facial Scarring - Burns + Dye

You know the drill - a character needs to be disfigured, so I come here. :D I have a few questions.

I've searched for various scarring techniques and burns, but it hasn't yielded many results; most tribal scarring techniques involve deep cuts rather than the wide, shallow wounds I'm looking for, and while I now know what to do if I suddenly sustain third-degree burns while living out in the forest, I haven't found any information on how to make them turn blue.

My character steals a griffin egg and is punished in the traditional way: the entire right side of his face is burnt and the wound rubbed with blue dye, leaving a distinctive mark to warn others. After a while, he is removed to another culture, where people go "OMGWTF BLUE FACE" rather than "OMGWTF THIEF," but that's not important.

So, is it plausible that a coloured scar can be achieved by rubbing pigment into an area of burnt skin?

Secondly, how deeply would they have to burn to leave such a scar, and what would the effects be? The world doesn't have much at all in the way of medical technology, although they have some plants that battle infection up to a point; I'm guessing that he'd have to deal with some infection, dehydration, etc. He's twelve years old and fairly healthy, and they take care of their punished criminals. I'd like him to survive the burning, considering that he's the main character and I already have one snarky telepathic corpse hanging around in the background, but I'd also like some of the effects of this sort of wounding for realism. If they use indigo as the dye, would that cause any undue problems? And the scar goes over the eye socket - would he lose the eye, or go half-blind, or would he have some chance to retain his sight?

And finally, considering that this character is twelve and dark-skinned, what would the scar actually look like after a few months? I'm assuming that it would be puckered and seamed and, well, blue, and that it would affect the movement of his mouth on that side; would there be any other distinctive features, like wrinkling or cracking or fluroescent spots or bright green lightning bolts?

I don't think I can phrase those questions so that they look any less pointless, so I'll leave them in your capable hands. Thankyou for the help, and Happy New Year everyone!
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Family law/custody

Chances are I'm not looking in the right places or I'm overlooking things. But I've been looking (still am right now, actually) for several months and I'm not getting anywhere. I have two problems, both that have to do with child custody.

One is for a role play. I just want general information on what to do so I don't need country/state specific information since it's just between a friend and I. At fifteen, my character impregnated a girl (she was fourteen, I believe). She kept the child and her family helped take care of them. They moved out of the city. I have it down that the father paid child support (he's from an extremely wealthy family) but I'm not totally sure if that's plausible because of his age. (I've been getting different things from people.) Correct me if I'm wrong. He has maybe seen his son once, if not ever. Anyway, over the next eight years the girl's family ends up dying. Her father sick and in the hospital in the capital city, so she and her son moves back there, where my other character lives. She has cancer and, well, dies after her father. (Very unlucky family.) So the main part of it is, I wanted the boy's father to take him in. He's already acknowledged that he was his son. The father's 23 by now, the boy's 8. The boy has nowhere else to go.  How would he go about getting custody of his son? What would he have to do? Where would he be put in the meantime? And how long would this take?  Like I said, I don't have to have specific information, I just need ideas and things to do to get this all set.

My second thing is for an actual story and I have a specific place. Story takes place in Boston, MA. There's an eighteen year old and his 16 year old sister. Their mother's dead and their father was just killed. Obviously I'm going to have to look into wills, inheritance, insurance, all that good stuff. I want my 18 year old to get custody of his sister but everywhere I look just tells me about adoption, dead-beat dads, step parents and things that really just don't help. So what would he have to do to get custody?

Thanks for any help you can give me.
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Christmas in Japan

Part of my story takes place in Japan during Christmas time. I, unfortunately, know very little about this particular part of the year in Japan. I've read a tourist's point of view, and I've seen JDramas and anime that touch on it, but does anyone have a more in-depth experience? Maybe someone who's lived in Japan during the time?

Basically, I'd like to find out if it's a purely commercial holiday and what traditions (if any) the Japanese may have added to it. Any information is, as always, vastly appreciated. Thanks!

ETA: Thank you very much to everyone who responded! I'm even more fascinated with this than I was initially. Score. *g*
Kev Noir

Plea Bargain

For the benefit of those not familiar, I am writing a crime novel set in New York in the early-to-mid 1940s. In the part I am currently working on, my prime suspect has just been arrested, and he pleads not guilty to Murder in the First. So far he could get off on Crime of Passion.

My primary question at this time is: would a plea bargain be made on the day of the arrest? Or would a little time elapse, and if so how much? Incidentally, would the maximum penalty for first-degree murder in 1940s New York be the death penalty, or had the State of New York abolished it at the time?

Thanking you all in advance...

Rocky mountains in Colorado

I have a story that's set in Colorado and I've got to get character A up to the Rocky Mountains. Problem is I've only been to the Rocky Mtns. once and I was quite young. Is there a good way to get to the Mountains from Colorado Springs? Also, is there anything significantly different about these mountains than say the Appalachians (which I am fairly familiar with)?