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Record 14161

Reading Experience:

'It had [...] been a favourite idea of my mother's that her girls should learn Latin, and she engaged an old schoolmaster living in a back street in our native town to give my eldest sister and myself lessons when we were about ten and eight years of age [...] But the lessons did not last long. The tears I shed over the difficulties of the first verse of the second chapter of the Gospel of St. Matthew, which was the material for our first Latin lesson, were so bitter that they were too much for my mother's tender heart, and I was allowed to give up the study [...] The failure of this attempt, which was never renewed, has been a regret to me all my life.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1823 and 31 Dec 1823
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Elizabeth Missing Sewell
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 19 Feb 1815
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: child
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: St Matthew
Title: Matthew 2:1
Genre: Bible
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Text in Latin
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 14161  
Source - Print  
  Author: Elizabeth Missing Sewell
  Editor: n/a
  Title: 'The Reign of Pedantry in Girls' Schools' (article in The Nineteenth Century)
  Place of Publication: n/a
  Date of Publication: 1888
  Vol: 23
  Page: 222
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Elizabeth Missing Sewell, 'The Reign of Pedantry in Girls' Schools' (article in The Nineteenth Century) (1888), 23, p. 222,, accessed: 19 November 2019

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