And here is another one from Marilyn French’s Our Father. This time an old chestnut. Mary, the middle one (of the legitimate sisters) is discussing feminism with illegitimate and coloured Ronnie:
… As long as women have the babies they will need protection.
I beg your pardon?
Who do they need protection from?
Really, Ronny, your grammar …
Fuck my grammar, Mary. Why do women need … (p. 140)
Elsewhere is this blog there is a post on the disappearance of whom, and Marilyn French’s comment is in line with this development.
I’ll have to read on to see if there is any more of it in the novel.