Tuesday, 7 July 2015
The Raj And The Commonwealth
"'Wait a bliddy minute, miss, not a kaffir-'"
-SM Stirling, Conquistador (New York, 2004), p. 401 -
- to which Adrienne responds:
"'Botha, don't be more of an idiot than God compels you to be...'" (ibid.)
After a moment, he must reply, "'You're in charge, miss.'" (ibid.)
He does at least understand about obeying orders. Adrienne was picking a man purely on the basis of his ability and trustworthiness so she is understandably annoyed when an issue is made of his skin color.
"...bliddy..." captures the South African accent quite well. Another characteristic vowel pronunciation is "bleck" instead of "black."
For an exactly parallel scene in the Raj, where the offensive term is not "...kaffir..." but "...stinking coolies...," see here.