|Classification||Definition||Examples from Dorothy Dunnett's novels|
|Class 1||Something happens which could not possibly have happened at that period in history. This includes the quoting, by a character, of poetry or prose which is not yet written (or translated, or available to them) at the time they quote it.||Maize grown in Africa pre-Columbus.|
|Class 2||The characters use modern speech, but presumably there would have been an appropriate equivalent at the time||The Dame referring to 'Melodrama', and Lymond calling himself 'Neurotic' in the 1550s.|
|Class 3||The author uses modern language to describe something which could have happened at the time, but would not have been described in those terms||Describing an 'Electric Storm', referring to something as being like a 'steel fence'.|
Updated 29 December 2001.
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