posted on May, 1 2011 @ 04:24 PM
A Natural Child being labeled a bastard is the way to indicate the child has been born outside of marriage. Bastard is an insult in the sense of
saying to someone they had no legitimacy to their possessions. It's all about lineage.
The monster reference was for those born with birth defects. Again, if born into marriage, it could be heir, given it "looked human"... It is a
harsh word to our ears, but those were the words of the day, namely 1948, as is written on your book picture.
It wasn't a way to equate ALL humans as monsters, nor EVERY child as bastards. But it can be misleading when viewed at first glance.
I find it historically interesting, seeing language has changed dramatically with this Politically Correct attitude where you can't call a cat a cat
as it could be perceived insulting.
Like we can't call a black person a black person. Their skin isn't black, to begin with, just like a white man has beige skin. But that is still
OK to say white...
It's language evolution in motion...