Re: Madam Rosmerta
- From: Green-Eyed Chris <cwlNO@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2007 09:59:43 +0100
In article <bffpds.57896956186516@raxacoricofallapatoria>,
Blon Fel Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen <bffpds@raxacoricofallapatoria>
Green-Eyed Chris wrote:
Blon Fel Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen wrote:
Have we ever been told the first name of Madame Rosmerta?
(text or film)
Hagrid, Fudge, McGonagall, and Dumbledore use Rosmerta as a first name.
Not true; it's the only name mentioned.
It seems to be the last name that is never mentioned.
There are many women referred to as "Madam" in the books, and it's
always the last name (see my other post, to John VanSickle).
Does Dumbledore speak of or address any of the "Madams" you mention in
your other post by last name only? HBP, Ch. 25:
"?and stay out!" shouted Madam Rosmerta, forcibly ejecting a
grubby-looking wizard. "Oh, hello, Albus... you're out late..."
"Good evening, Rosmerta, good evening... forgive me, I'm off
to the Hog's Head... no offence, but I feel like a quieter
Should "Rosmerta" actually be her last name, then I can only think of
the possibility that she has a "Don't call me Nymphadora" attitude with
regards to her unknown first name.
In contrast to Madam Rolanda Hooch, Madam Edgecombe, Madam Malkin and
Madam Marsh, this is most probably to be taken as an indication of Madam
Rosmerta's (former?) position in a house of ill repute.
Or as a hairdresser of good repute.
Or as someone who has chosen to have only one name.
If it wasn't that Rosmerta is a fictional character, I'd find it quite
disgusting that ignorance of a lady's first name is taken as indication
that she's a whore or a pimp, despite the many contra-examples.
Obviously a remnant of my wasted youth in the colonies. Yet, not every
woman called or calling herself "Madam" is a lady (e.g. Umbridge).
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