July 26th, 2007

Speech Patterns

I'm writing a story which features a young, fairly upper-class British guy from the 1930s, and am wondering how he would have talked. Specifically, I'm interested in speech patterns and slang: I don't intend to write anything out phonetically, but I want to know about sentence structure, especially in casual situations.

Anything on speech patterns in general would be really helpful too, since I deal with this in other writing. I've tried Googling "British speech patterns 1930s" and "British dialect 1930s."

Botched Abortion

I've done google searches for "abortion"/"botched abortion"/"failed abortion"/"bleeding from abortion" and mostly what I'm getting is a ton of rhetoric infused stuff that isn't really very helpful to my purpose.

The scenario: Character A seeks out to terminate her pregnancy from Character B. Character B is a nurse, and not a doctor. But, Character A has no other means of getting another medical professional - no matter how unqualified - to perform the procedure. Character B is also not equipped to handle emergencies, just has the basic equipment needed to perform the procedure, hoping nothing else goes wrong.

My question is: What would have to go wrong with the procedure in order for Character A to rapidly bleed out and die? How long would it take Character A to die, approximately?

Or, if the question can't be answered directly, then is there a resource that discusses abortion in terms that are not biased in terms of the abortion debate? That seems to be the only kind of stuff I can find.

Thanks for you help!

E.T.A.: Thanks for your help. You've provided me with a ton of brilliant information that is helpful.

Indian names

I have a character, a British Asian woman in her mid-thirties who is either Indian or is of Indian heritage. She's also a superhero, a telepath.

Is the name Agrata Puri reasonable? (I can't find a list of popular Indian names, the only popularity lists I can find are from the US. I don't want to find I've called a relatively young and modern character the Indian equivalent of Elsie.)

Agrata is from Sanskrit, Puri is a Punjabi family name as far as I know. Is the combination feasible? (Or is it like calling your daughter Rosie Rammstein? Which, come to think of it, might be quite a good superhero name.)

If not, can anyone suggest something better?

Her codename is Shakti. It's the name of the personification of God's female aspect in Hinduism. Is this a plausible choice? I know Punjab (where her family name is from) is largely Sikh, but there is a significant Hindu minority.