Dating “Not So Quiet…”

Another thing about Not So Quiet… When is it supposed to be happening?

The book ends in 1918, and while the time-scale is vague, the action of the story doesn’t seem to have covered more than a year or so. The mood of the book certainly fits the later years of the War better, when the scale of the slaughter had become apparent, the War had become grim routine, and disillusion was setting in.

Yet the heroine’s mother is organising recruiting meetings. Surely these went out when conscription was introduced in early 1916?

I suspect that Smith/Price wanted to include both the maximum wartime slaughter and also the women pressurising men to enlist, so crammed them together without too much regard for the actual timescale of history.

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