May 28th, 2008

One-night stand in 1890s Britain?

What kind of places would a British woman go to pick up a guy in the late 1890s? I'm not talking prostitution, just if she was looking for one night of sex with no strings attached. I know that sort of thing wasn't quite as common back then as it is now, at least not as widely acknowledged, but I figure it happened sometimes. My only idea so far is a pub or tavern, but I don't know if that sort of thing would be appropriate for a woman in this particular time period and setting. I've tried googling it but I can't find any good results. If anyone can help me with this, I'd appreciate it.
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Blinded in one eye in a fight

My story takes place in an alternative world that has mid-18th century technology and in a place similar to England.

I have a male character, 22 years-old, who is punched in his right eye by someone wearing a ring.

Could a ring, similar in shape/details/etc. to this cause enough damage (such as a retinal detachment) resulting in complete blindness in one eye?
What effects would a retinal detachment have on eye movements?

I Googled things like ‘blunt eye trauma', 'effects of retinal detachments' and 'causes of blindness'.
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Insults/cursing in Western Lombard

I've checked through the tags, but I'm asking about a relatively obscure language, so am unsurprised to not see anything. Google doesn't turn up much, either, and I'm wary of trusting search engine results for language, anyway.

I have an American character who is, simply, not a nice guy. He's abusive toward his wife and kids, fond of beating the hell out of people, etc. He's fluent in Sicilian Italian and Western Lombard (his mother is from that area), among other languages, and while his older brother seems to think "fuck" suffices for everything (though he speaks both those languages), this guy wants to show off his abilities and intelligence. All the better if people can't entirely understand him.

So I'm looking for any sort of insult or curse word or phrase in Western Lombard. The more varied the better; he deals with all sorts of other unsavory characters, and has no problem letting them know what he thinks. (His tone and mannerisms get it across, even if they don't understand the words themselves, and besides, he can use it on his brother.) Plus, his older brother is gay, which is something that pisses this character off to no end, and there's only so many times I can type variations on American derogatory terms for gay men. Besides, their sister (mentally disabled and this guy's favorite person in the world) doesn't speak anything besides English.

Anything in Russian and Polish would also be awesome, and maybe even a little Irish Gaelic (he doesn't speak it, just picked up a couple words from a friend of his father's). Two of my roommates speak Italian, so I need that a little less than the others.