March 23rd, 2008

25 May

St John's Wort

Where: France, in a sort of alternate fairy tale world.  For the sake of simplicity, let's just say France.

When: Eighteenth-ish century.  Again, alternate world.

Googled: "St John's Wort."  I've learned lots about the plant, but nothing else.

What is the French name for St John's wort?  It's called a lot of things (Tipton's Weed, Klamath Weed, hypericum perforatum), but everything I've found is English.  Or Latin.  My character isn't the sort to use scientific names, but I really don't want to use the English word for it.


psychological condition called something like "parent child"?

I swear there is a psychological name for what a person who spent their childhood taking care of their parent instead of being taken care of by said parent might experience.

I thought it was called "parent child," which I remember from a conversation with a friend in therapy, but now I can't find any indication of such a condition on the internet.

It's just mentioned in passing in my story (set in the US, a couple years ago) so I don't need much detail on the condition itself. I'd mostly like to confirm that there is such a term and whether I have it right or wrong. Or if someone knows of a different term describing a similar thing. ETA: The term is "parentified child." Would such a term be found in a psychology text book?

Womens' hats in 1953

When: see above

Where: US large city

(I've tried several historic clothing sites but none are specific enough, and the various costuming lists have a long cycle time.)

My MC, a fashion-aware woman in her mid-twenties with limited middle class means, needs a stylish (or at least not too out-of-style) hat that has (or can have) a veil. Small is good; I'd use pillbox, but what I could find suggests though they existed since the 1930s, they weren't popular until much later in the 1950s.

A belated thanks to everyone who contributed. I don't have _the_ answer, but it's a nice place to start from.