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My original question was how to pronounce the name of the character "Ob" in 
Missing May by Cynthia Rylant.

The replies were fairly evenly divided between ob rhyming with mob and 
rhyming with robe.  Cindy Smith from Tennessee added, "We "hillbillies" 
would say it like "mob".  The more common nickname would be "nob" like a 
door knob. The character on Evening Shade was nob."
Another person remembered hearing it with the long o (robe) sound on the 
audio book.  I found an excerpt of the audio read by Frances McDormand on 
this site:
This version uses the short o (mob) pronunciation.

We are planning to go with the short o pronunciation.

Anne Oelke
Library Media Specialist, pK-12
Cambria-Friesland School District
410 E. Edgewater St.
Cambria, WI 53923-1000 

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