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frankalexander - Dec 18, 2009, 9:42 AM
Anyone else notice that Joan always says "Betty" while Anne says "my mother" or "Mother" in the interview?
Suz - Dec 18, 2009, 4:06 PM
When you read Onions you'll notice that both girls occasionally refer to their mother as "Betty," or at least, that's how Betty chose to quote them. I think there are the same references in The Plague and I, as well, but I'm not positive. At some point in the past I read an interview with Anne and Joan where they were asked about using Betty's given name instead of "Mother", and one of them replied that Betty preferred it that way. I wish I could remember what interview that was. When I read these books as a young girl I immediately noticed the use of "Betty" rather than "Mom" and thought that the casual use of Betty's given name by her daughters was unusual and interesting, particularly for the more traditional time in which they were living when the books were written. That was not a mode of address which my own mother would have encouraged, (only in part because her name wasn't Betty!), so it was just one of those family preferences, I guess.
Linde Lund - Dec 19, 2009, 12:53 AM
Suz, I can remember this interview where one of Betty's daughters replied that Betty preferred it that way.
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