A “Jarring” Option: “Him” and “Her”
Today, 38 pages from the end of the book, I had a serious disagreement with my editor, sorry, N.!
She could not stand my option to name a pivotal character in the book “Him.” Which would lead to a few “jarring” grammar mistakes she could not stand… Likewise, as a stubborn, pretentious Brazilian, I could not stand dropping what, in my opinion, is one of the most delicious and intriguing questions in the book: “Where did Him go?”
To appease her a bit, I opted to make all Him’s and Her’s italicized, to let it very clear it is a mistake, albeit an intentional one.
Now, as a consolation, look up this Rudyard Kipling line, in which he personalizes the pronoun “they”:
“All good people agree, / And all good people say, / All nice people, like Us, are We / And everyone else is They.”
Should it be “Them” or what? A sign!