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Thread #75102   Message #1320987
Posted By: GUEST,Julia
08-Nov-04 - 09:31 PM
Thread Name: Wee pen knife
Subject: RE: Wee pen knife
It has not yet been pointed (no pun intended) out that a pen knife would only have been usecby people who were using pens i.e. those who could write, i.e. the aristocracy
These people generally would have more reasons for doing each other in For instance in the case of the Cruel Mother- sommon folk had children out of wedlock all the time and in fact extra babies were welcomed to add to the workforce on a farm and to replace those dying in infancy
Illegitimate children among the aristocracy however was a heinous, undesirable thing
My theory is that the "wee pen knife " signifies nobility

Just making a "point"