<Charlie May> was slightly satirical

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Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover(page 43, Chapter Four) by DH Lawrence (planetebook,here):
(background: Clifford was getting rich and famous. His friends came visite him……)

In a previouis paragraph:
There was Charles May, an Irishman, who wrote scientifically about stars. There was Hammond, another writer. All were about the same age as Clifford; the young intellectuals of the day.

In a subsequent paragraph:
Charlie May was slightly satirical, for he had flirted a very little with Julia, and Hammond had cut up very roughly.

I'm sure Charlie May and Charles May both refer to the same person. So is Charlie a typo for Charles please?
Thank you in advance
  • PaulQ

    English - England
    They do not have to be close friends - Charlie is simply an informal/familiar form. (Also found in a lower register as "Chas" pron Chaz, and "Chazzer.")

    Quite a lot of names have a familiar form.

    Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    British English
    In those days, probably only his friends and family would have addressed him, and referred to him among themselves, as 'Charlie', with his consent of course.


    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    Thank you. Is Charlie only used by close friends for Charles?
    Today, that varies from one Charles to another according to their personal preferences. Some people named Charles prefer to be called that, even by close friends. Some use the name Charlie for close friends; others use it for almost everyone. And still others use other common nicknames for Charles, such as Chuck or Chaz. You have to ask each person what he or she wants to be called. That may change over time as you become closer to someone.
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