note on "bastard"

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 10 18:44:16 UTC 2011

I vote for "inconsequential"--female bastards could not--or were not likely
to--inherit. In most cases, they were not likely to be admitted either.


On Tue, May 10, 2011 at 1:35 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at>wrote:

> We know that illegitimate children played villains in English literature
> for
> centuries - especially sons, perhaps because female bastardy was too
> horrible to think much about (or too inconsequential? Dunno.). ...

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