[Spellyans] Fw: Cornish in a Thriller! & Place Name Query For Craig
craig at agantavas.org
Thu Sep 6 19:04:25 BST 2012
Well, there are places with Gweal in their name: Gwealcarn,
Towednack; Chy an Gweal, St Ives, to name just two, but there's no
place called Gweal (as a simplex element), apart from Gweal, Scilly,
which is a contraction of *gwydh-yel, "tree-grown" (it's far from
being that now, but probably was in antiquity).
I must admit, I've never heard of the book or its author.
On 6 Gwn 2012, at 18:46, ewan wilson wrote:
> Think this went the wrong way and should have come here!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: ewan wilson
> To: spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net
> Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2012 6:43 PM
> Subject: Cornish in a Thriller! & Place Name Query For Craig
> One does come across Cornish in the most peculiar places!
> I have been reading Wheel Fortune, a 'suspense thriller' written by
> a Karen Campbell and published by Wm. Collins&Sons back in 1973. The
> title's a play on the word 'Wheal', as it refers to a presumably
> fictitious Cornish tin mine somewhere on the Penwith Peninsula.
> Anyway, Miss Campbell obviously knew her UC as she has one old
> Cornish woman welcome back her young friend with the greeting:
> ' Da yu genef agas gweles.'
> This young woman, having been raised in Cornwall, recalls at a later
> stage in the story some Cornish she knew:
> 'Byth dorn rever dhe'n tavas re hyr.'
> At a crucial point in the action she is lured to the Minack Theatre
> and she writes:
> ' The direct route from Sr Edzell's to Minack is via St Buryan and
> Gweal- but I took the roundabout devious way on the unmade roads
> over the moor.'
> Now, I think St Edzell's is supposed to be either St Ives or
> Penzance but I cannot work out if there actually is a 'Gweal' around
> the Penwith Peninsula. If not, i'm baffled why she should mention an
> actual spot like St Buryan yet ficionalise a 'Gweal'! Craig- any
> I know next to nothing about this author, save that she penned a few
> 'suspense' novels in the early 70s and dedicated one to a 'Catherine
> Campbell McNeill of Kilchoman', presumably a relative and obviously
> Scottish as the name had hinted.
> I am left fascinated about how she came to know at least a working
> smattering of UC!!!
> Sorry this is a bit off topic but I thought Craig'd be worth while
> consulting and you'd all like to know the unlikely reach of Cornish!
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