What was the character’s real name?

And you thought that William Christopher’s character on M*A*S*H was Father Mulcahy? That really was not the character’s name, according to the Einsteins at yahoo.com:


Why did the editors think that the name required quotation marks except to indicate it was the character’s so-called name? I guess if they were writing about characters in a Shakespearean play they’d refer to “Romeo” and “Juliet.” And they’d be wrong about that, too.


2 Responses to “What was the character’s real name?”

  1. BaveurBavard Says:

    hello, I don’t find it so odd for a name one is not familiar with, then it feels odd for Roemo and Juliet for obvious reasons (please don’t put me in a camp, english is not my main course – bon appetit – and I have never watched M*A*S*H)

    • Laura Says:

      From the sentence, it is clear that the actor played someone named Father Mulcahy. Putting quotation marks around the name doesn’t make it more or less familiar. It just makes it seem that Father Mulcahy wasn’t the character’s real name.

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