Sunday 4 November 2018

What's in a name?

Names drive characters.  The weirder sounding the name, the more sinister the character.

Maybe, maybe not.

Pugsley and Wednesday Addams conjure up some interesting thoughts, but we have seen characterizations of them which kind of spoilt the moment, but you can see where this is going.

Coleone, well that too implies something more than just a normal family name.

I had a choice of Jones or Smith, two very familiar names that often find their way to hotel registers.  I wonder sometimes if a small hotel that rents rooms by the hour is not devoted to the Smith family.

So, I picked Jones.

Jennifer Jones, not after the movie actress, Al Jones, short for Alphonse, because I wanted to give an ordinary (maybe) character a weird name, Joseph Jones, mainly for the alliteration, and Edwina Jones, whom with Jennifer, inherited the name.

There are others, but we'll get to them in good time.

For now, all you need to know is that Al is the (alleged) cheating husband, Jennifer is his wife, and Joseph is his brother.

Oh, and Al, unlike his name, is anything but ordinary.

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