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It is a trifle difficult to look at historical characters– especially peers and ladies of the aristocracy – and ask them about their job or how they got into it. For most, the answer is “I was born.” I have found that almost every program that develops characters is written from the viewpoint of a modern character who, one might think, has a choice about occupation. It wasn’t unusual for a father to decide a child’s future when he was no more than 12. Sometimes he was younger. Of course, he could dislike it or resent it but often it was close to impossible to change it. Heirs, of course, couldn’t change anything.
What question( questions) might one ask characters of the past who really didn’t have much choice?
Girls could dream of going to university or being a doctor or lawyer– but universities were male only in England until the 20th century.
Yes, I know of a few females who dressed as males but the majority didn’t.
What question might be substituted for the first one for those writing novels set in the past?