But that isn’t the point of the post. The point of the post is:
The black girl had a rather splendid accent. (She sounded like Zoe to me. Remember Zoe? I do. I’m sure I said that before.) So, I’d like some American to tell me what American accent opens up the ‘i’ in ‘hill’ and pronounces it more like ‘heel.’ I don’t suppose any American will, because life’s like that, but I thought I'd ask anyway.