Monday, April 19, 2010
He Was A Gay Young Man
It is interesting to read them in date order and to get glimpses of the changing world of England and English society from the role of the various wars in changing the population bases, privations, the effect on the mental and physical heath of returned soldiers through to the clothes, the role of modernity (in which ever era), the changing face of staff within the home and the development of the "traditional" English village.
What amuses me most is the change of the meanings of words. Yes there are lots of "gay" young folk in Agatha's world and I am quite sure that none of them are same-sex attracted; there are references to "making love" with none of the implication of actual sex and the one that was new to me "slutty" referring to someone who slumped as they sat. It strikes me as somewhat obvious that these changing meanings are all in reference to sex in one way or another. Is that coincidence or indicative of the changing nature of society?
Just my thought for the morning :-)