Ovid (publius_ovidius) wrote,

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Lady Chatterley's Lover -- Rubeus Hagrid

Consider the following bit of dialog from a character in Lady Chatterley's Lover:

Appen yer'd better 'ave this key, an Ah min fend for t'bods some other road ... 'Appen Ah can find anuther pleece as'll du for rearin' th' pheasants. If yer want ter be 'ere, yo'll non want me messin' abaht a'th'time."

Clean that up a bit to make it more understandable for those unfamiliar with the dialect and you'd have "Rubeus Hagrid", the gamekeeper at Hogwarts, the school of magic in the Harry Potter books:

Gawd knows yeh've had enough ter be gettin' on with. I've seen yeh, practicin' Quidditch ev'ry hour o' the day an' night -- but I gotta tell yeh, I thought you two'd value your friend more'n broomsticks or rats. Tha's all.

The character in Lady Chatterley's Lover? Well, it was Oliver Mellors, the aforementioned lover. Seems he walked around all the time with his crossbow shotgun and his dog. That's because he was the gamekeeper.

Incidentally: Rubeous rhymes with rubious, the color of a ruby, red. Mellors is described as being "red faced" and having "red hair". Merest coincidence, of course.

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