a early Sunday [ a or an]

egiu

Senior Member
Chinese
MAE MOBLEY was born on a early Sunday morning in August, 1960.
from The Help by Kathryn Stockett


Is it a typo? I am not sure, since it is a bestseller, the texts should have been checked a million times.
I also read the same thing in the ebook.
 
  • fiercediva

    Senior Member
    American English
    MAE MOBLEY was born on a early Sunday morning in August, 1960.
    from The Help by Kathryn Stockett


    Is it a typo? I am not sure, since it is a bestseller, the texts should have been checked a million times.
    I also read the same thing in the ebook.
    The narrator of that chapter is speaking in a Southern American dialect throughout the novel. She substitutes "a" for the correct "an" and also for "of" later in the same passage:

    Taking care a white babies, that's what I do, along with all the cooking and the cleaning. I done raised sev­enteen kids in my lifetime. I know how to get them babies to sleep, stop crying, and go in the toilet bowl before they mamas even get out a bed in the morning.


     
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