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  1. #1
    Savannah Thorne
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    How would you say this in the 1400s?

    I have a character whom I need to basically say, "Are you serious?" But my book is set in the 1400s and I don't want anything too cumbersome and awkward for today's audience.
    Options:

    You speak the truth?
    Truly?

    Other ideas? Thanks.



  2. #2
    Savannah Thorne
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    Re: How would you say this in the 1400s?

    PS the phrase needs to communicate the astonishment of "Are you serious?" which I'm not sure "truthfully?" or other phrases really do.

  3. #3
    kim seinna
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    Re: How would you say this in the 1400s?

    I like "truthfully?"
    But, how about "Do you speak truthfully?" Not sure that would work though...

  4. #4
    Steven Labri
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    Re: How would you say this in the 1400s?


    Examples of the writings of the time;




    Paston letters

  5. #5
    gulliver h
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    Re: How would you say this in the 1400s?

    surely you jest?

  6. #6
    zeplin 44
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    Re: How would you say this in the 1400s?

    Faith sir, have ye this knowledge on good authority?

  7. #7
    Steven Labri
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    Re: How would you say this in the 1400s?



    Madam, I do not, and don't call me shirley.

    ;-)

  8. #8
    Savannah Thorne
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    Re: How would you say this in the 1400s?

    I *love* "Surely you jest;" excellent suggestion, gulliver! But I think actually in the context I have, "Do you speak the truth?" actually may work best.

  9. #9
    nom de plume
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    Re: How would you say this in the 1400s?

    I would say: "Hey man, i ain't dig this shLt!"

    Seriously, if this your only line of dialogue in the book, i would skirt the issue by describing his disbelief instead of letting this character speak. If you have a lot of dialogue throughout the book, you might do some research by reading a couple of books set in that time and hope they are easier to read than the Paston letter.

  10. #10
    Savannah Thorne
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    Re: How would you say this in the 1400s?

    Only line of dialgoue in the book? Who has only one line of dialogue?

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