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4:06pm on Wednesday, 25th February, 2015:

Who's Whom


I'm pretty good at deciding when to use "who" and when to use "whom". However, I'm having trouble with a line in a (children's) book I'm writing. Ordinarily, it wouldn't matter if I went with the safely-conversational "who" rather than "whom", but the speaker is someone who is a) Victorian and b) a poet. There's no way he'd get it wrong, so I have to make sure I get it right, too.

OK, so this is the line as I have it written at the moment:

"You are indeed whom you are and whom you once were; though not yet whom you will become, I fancy."

What do you think? Is it formally correct or incorrect?

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