Can we have a thread somewhere to discuss Charlotte? Because I have all kinds of questions.
Sure Michelle, that's a fine idea. And here it is. I'll take a stab at answering your first questions here and then everyone else who's participating can continue in the comments. Also, if anyone has other questions, through them out there for consideration. I'll keep a link up on the sidebar so this will be easy to find if it continues while we're all writing.
1)Where are Charlotte's parents from/what did they do?
No one has said. If you'd like to introduce some backstory, feel free. I did, however, infer that Charlotte grew up in Pensacola by alluding to the fact that she knew one of the locals who came into Chuck's Roost from High School. I think it's entirely plausible that she was born there, or moved there at a young age, but I definitely feel like she's at least spent most of her life there.
Charlotte speaks very well and with no discernible accent. This means most likely that she was educated through high school (less than 40% of women her age graduated from high school).
I'm not sure where you got the part about having no discernible accent. She's certainly well spoken, but I don't recall any reference to an accent, one way or the other. She definitely graduated H.S. (cause it said so in chapter one), but I think her accent, if any, is still open to the first person who takes it on. If you want her to really have no accent, this could be accounted for by having her parents move the family from somewhere up north or mid atlantic or midwest, when she was young. She'd have already learned to speak by that point and continuing to speak with her parents at home would have a continuing influence on whether or not she picked up Southern speech.
It also mean that her parents were not from that area, or took care to make sure she did not speak with a regional accent, which would also be unusual at a time when radio was a luxury, and tended to be local/regional.
We've been told she held her dad work on a tractor before, but she doesn't speak as if she were raised by local farmers.
Actually, this brings up a conflict. In Chapter One, I wrote, Her own father had died when she and Gladys were just kids. Then, in Chapter Two, when Charlotte takes a stab at fixing the radio, Kate had her say, "I'll see if I can fix this. I used to watch my father tinker with stuff like this when I was a girl. Perhaps I can find my way around." And then in Chapter Three, Jeri had her say, "I haven't ever come anywhere near an airplane before. I used to fix my dad's tractor when it broke, though, and I kept our well running."
There's the conflict. For one thing, it wasn't specified exactly how young she was when her father died, but I get the impression it was too young for her to have picked up any mechanical skills. On the other hand, it's a useful bit to explain why she's handy. I'm going to suggest that Jeri go back and change that slightly. I think it would work better if she said, she and her sister had spent a few summers on their Uncle's Farm in Georgia, or something like that.
So. Where was Charlotte raised? What did her parents do? How much education does Charlotte have?
Raised mostly in Pensacola.
Her parents could have done anything, but if her father had been stationed at NAS Pensacola that would go a long way toward explaining why they ended up in Pensacola. Maybe Dad had moved the family around a bunch because of transfers and when he died, the family just stayed
Charlotte is a H.S. Graduate.
Hope that helps and now I throw this open to one and all.