On account of I (or me)

longxianchen

Senior Member
chinese
Hi
Here is another dialogue from the novel, Tess of D'Urbervilles:

Durbeyfield: “What's that?” “Not on account of I?”
A lad: It is the women's club-walking, Sir John.

Is "of I" an old style usage? I never saw "I" used as an object.
Thank you in advance.
 
  • jmichaelm

    Senior Member
    English - US
    I would expect this to be, "Not on account of me?" Perhaps he wrote the dialog this way as part of his characterization of Durbeyfield?
     

    variegatedfoliage

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Thomas Hardy's characters, often from rural, working-class or poor backgrounds, and living in the 19th century, tend to use a lot of what would today be considered non-standard English.
     
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