Have we got verification on all these historical figures? FP is straight historical fiction but it includes some fictional characters, including two POVs. If HT is willing to make POVs fictional, surely he wouldn't pale at the idea of sneaking them into insignificant background roles, rather than comb through endless official records just to find someone to hold the reins of NBF's horse while he goes off to talk to Braddock. Turtle Fan 03:20, April 26, 2010 (UTC)
- Yes, I have verified. TR 14:45, April 26, 2010 (UTC)
- Wouldn't the world be more interesting if we couldn't ascertain whether the people we encountered but glossed over in the background were real or fictional? Or if people we encounter only in such bit roles were not fully formed personalities but were simply static, one-dimensional cyphers who hung on hooks till they were needed to provide a few cues for a member of the main cast? Turtle Fan 18:45, April 26, 2010 (UTC)
- I hate to say it, but metaphorically speaking, that's exactly how most people operate. TR 19:00, April 26, 2010 (UTC)
- I'm sure it's how everyone operates. For instance, I get the same barrista at Starbucks all the goddamned time--I had him in mind when I wrote that--and I don't know his name. I've overheard him chatting with other people a few times and know a few bits of flotsam and jetsam about his life, he seems nice enough, but getting chummy with him would never even occur to me, nor, surely, to him. And even if I did, I'd still ignore all the other barristas and so on I meet only once or occasionally.
- I did know one individual who was forever trying to be friendly with waiters and cashiers and cabbies and meter readers. Surely even he couldn't have gotten them all, or even most of them. And then there's the irony that once you get to know him well you'll eventually want to elect him to the Asshole Hall of Fame on the first ballot.
- But there's a certain symmetry there--To me, you're just a barrista I stumble upon from time to time; to you, I'm just another customer. Now I might--I do, we all do--consider myself the central figure in the drama of my own life, but it's equally valid for the barrista to feel the same way about himself. Imagine if such people really were as unimportant as we imagine them to be, as unimportant as Rosencrantz or Guildenstern or even Guard #3. Turtle Fan 19:32, April 26, 2010 (UTC)