See, there's so much in D'WARD's 1890's that might seem racist or whatever, but really isn't meant to be. Quite the opposite. It's all about overturning stereotypes, mainly by playing into them, in a tongue-in-cheek fashion. Looking at Joe's trivia note, it seems a bit, I dunno, condescending or something, to say Joe and Peacie are best friends. It's not like I remember what I was thinking when I wrote that, but it seems natural, considering both characters had benefitted from Lucas Wayne's charity. And as much as I like to make this an anachronistic world, the truth is there was prejudice in the world I made up, and being a minority was the kind of thing that would possibly make charity more likely to be necessary. So I imagine they would have met through him, in some way. And of course, Joe and Peacie now both hold important positions on Wayne's local board of trustees. |
Then, there's one of my perceived cliches, about blacksmiths being black. I dunno how much of a trend that actually is in fiction, but it certainly happened a fair amount (for example, Robert E from Dr. Quinn).