Continuity in Character Development

Yesterday I wrote a chapter for The King’s Jew and, by the time I had finished, I thought it was OK.

BUT (there’s always a ‘BUT’ isn’t there?) on waking this morning and mulling yesterdays chapter over in my mind whilst having the first cup of tea of the day I realised I had made an uncalled for error.

One of my characters ‘Mathew’ was with his master in the Porta Judaea area of medieval Bordeaux and, being in the Jewish Quarter, they were amidst a crowd of locals.

The conversation flowed freely and Mathew began to disparage those of the Jewish faith (such was the way Christians thought in those far off days).

Now here’s the point of this post.

Mathew is NOT a religious person. He certainly is a man of his times to whom violence is as normal as you or I playing a game of rugby but in Mathew’s medieval world violence usually leads to a death – a brutal death.

In past chapters of the book Mathew has shown that he has no interest in any sort of religion AND Jew or Christian mean nothing to him. Therefore – on reflection – there is no way Mathew would have acted in such a manner in that place at that time.

SO – this morning I must re-write the offending chapter and ensure that my characters behave in the manner to which they have become accustomed.

As the writer of The King’s Jew it is up to me to maintain continuity in the narrative and so – whilst drinking my cup of tea – I mentally took a trip back and scanned every part of the book for similar errors and – I’m happy to report – I have not made the same mistake before AND will not make the same error again.

To sum up – I have had to apologise to Mathew for putting words in his mouth that he would never have uttered and assure him IT WONT HAPPEN AGAIN. Sorry Mathew.

“That is alright, Darius, but I’m watching you from now on!”

“Thanks Mathew.”

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