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Re: THE LOST CROWN - A New Novel by Sarah Miller.
« Reply #450 on: January 15, 2014, 06:28:48 AM »

You used one. : ) A contraction is the shortening of two words into one, using an apostrophe. The one you used was "I'd". Tatiana, as shown in the book, would have said "I would".

Other examples are:

I'm = I am
You're = You are
Wouldn't = Would not
Can't = Cannot
Aren't = Are not
Thank you!!! The term 'contraction' is used in Numerical Mathematics, for example, there I first learned of it. I see now that it is used in Language. So, Tatiana was a perfectionist, I would guess. :-D
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Re: THE LOST CROWN - A New Novel by Sarah Miller.
« Reply #451 on: January 15, 2014, 09:21:40 PM »
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(such as Tatiana not using any contractions)

I can NOT believe I didn't notice that.

I'm actually glad you didn't. I wanted it to be a subtle thing.
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Re: THE LOST CROWN - A New Novel by Sarah Miller.
« Reply #452 on: January 15, 2014, 09:22:29 PM »

One thing I have to say, however, is that the mentioning of bullets and bayonets makes me feeling like I'm being punched in the gut. Were you purposely putting that in there? Or was that just a painful coincidence?

I don't remember offhand. What page is it on?
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Re: THE LOST CROWN - A New Novel by Sarah Miller.
« Reply #453 on: January 15, 2014, 10:23:48 PM »
Of course when I was writing to you on here I couldn't find the page. I'll check again and post when I find them.
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Re: THE LOST CROWN - A New Novel by Sarah Miller.
« Reply #454 on: January 17, 2014, 05:12:14 PM »
Found some of them just now:

Chapter 17 - Tatiana, page 116

"My heart falls, leaving a space as though a bullet has torn a path through my chest."

Chapter 19 - Olga, page 135

"For days, anytime a soldier so much as glances my way, guilt slices at me like a bayonet."

I believe there was a least one more, but I have yet to find it.
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Re: THE LOST CROWN - A New Novel by Sarah Miller.
« Reply #455 on: January 20, 2014, 06:41:19 AM »
I had to think a minute. The comparisons were deliberate (I always choose them carefully to reflect the character or situation)  but I don't think they were intentional references to the eventual execution. By this time the GDss had been surrounded by war and soldiers for four years, so it sounded natural to me to have them think in those terms.
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Re: THE LOST CROWN - A New Novel by Sarah Miller.
« Reply #456 on: March 04, 2014, 12:24:28 PM »
What an interesting exchange! 

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but I don't think they were intentional references to the eventual execution.

However  it's a good idea to think about subtly using such references , particularly when the final event the  reference symbolizes itself  will not be described. So while  thankfully, we do not get to the final  bayonets and bullets in  the novel's real time, they are still experienced by the reader.   In my own writing I am finding such " runs ups"  as I call them , popping up all the time .They are slight tremors that foretell a coming event and  make the final event even more  meaningful because we have tread that path somewhat before . We become alert in a different way, like in a recurring dream.

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Re: THE LOST CROWN - A New Novel by Sarah Miller.
« Reply #457 on: March 10, 2014, 11:36:12 AM »
I bought this book when it first came out but my expansive list of books to read took up my time. FINALLY now get to actually read it, and am so impressed with the accuracy and little details only a true Romanov fanatic could possibly know. How long did it take you to write, Sarah? Congrats btw, even though it's late, aha.

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Re: THE LOST CROWN - A New Novel by Sarah Miller.
« Reply #458 on: March 10, 2014, 05:45:10 PM »
Four years.
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« Reply #459 on: March 11, 2014, 05:05:44 AM »
Sarah,
In your research did you find any evidence Olga or Tatiana burned their letters like MA?
And thank you, I'm coming up on my fourth year for my Olga novel, and it can be quite the long but worthwhile feat, as you surely know so.

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Re: THE LOST CROWN - A New Novel by Sarah Miller.
« Reply #460 on: March 11, 2014, 07:48:05 AM »
Nicholas's diary 9/22 April:
"We learned that the extraordinary commissar Yakovlev had arrived from Moscow...The children imagined that he would come today to perform a search, and burned all their letters, and Marie and Anastasia even burned their diaries."
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Re: THE LOST CROWN - A New Novel by Sarah Miller.
« Reply #461 on: March 11, 2014, 08:28:43 AM »
This was while the whole family were still in Tobolsk. Interesting.

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« Reply #462 on: March 11, 2014, 10:31:00 AM »
Thank you. Did the girls' receive or send anymore letters after that?

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Re: THE LOST CROWN - A New Novel by Sarah Miller.
« Reply #463 on: March 11, 2014, 10:33:02 PM »
They did. Mostly back and forth to each other during the Ekaterinburg/Tobolsk separation, but there were some letters sent outside the family.
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« Reply #464 on: June 27, 2014, 10:54:52 PM »
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The pair of us are like salt and sugar: such different flavors, but so close in every other way you could never sort us apart once we're together.

Just have finished re-reading the book - This is not only one of the best fitting quotes of MA, but simply a beautifully articulated line!