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Record 19055

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'The dead lights [shutters used to protect ships' interiors during storms at sea]were no sooner up and a candle made fast to the table by many a knot and twist of small cord, than my young companion took up a book, and very composedly began to read to herself. I begged her to let me share her amusement by reading aloud. This she instantly complied with. She had however taken up the first book that came to hand, which happened to be not very apropos to the present occasion, as it proved to be Lord Kaims's Elements of Criticism. She read on however and I listen'd with much seeming attention, tho' neither she nor I knew a word it contained [...] The storm roared over and around us, the Candle cast a melancholy gleam across the Cabin, which we now considered as our tomb. We did not, however, assist each other's distress, for neither of us mentioned our own.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 25 Oct 1774 and 31 Dec 1774
Country: in transit
Time: n/a
Place: other location: At sea, aboard the Jamaica Packet
   
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:Fanny Rutherfurd
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: none
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: North Carolina
Country of experience: in transit
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Janet Schaw
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Henry Home, Lord Kames
Title: Elements of Criticism
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Philosophy, Arts / architecture
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: First published 1762
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 19055  
Source - Print  
  Author: Janet Schaw
  Editor: Evangeline Walker Andrews with Charles MacLean Andrews
  Title: Journal of a Lady of Quality; Being the Narrative of a Journey from Scotland to the West Indies, North Carolina, and Portugal, in the Years 1774 to 1776
  Place of Publication: New Haven
  Date of Publication: 1934
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 43-44
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Janet Schaw, Evangeline Walker Andrews with Charles MacLean Andrews (ed.), Journal of a Lady of Quality; Being the Narrative of a Journey from Scotland to the West Indies, North Carolina, and Portugal, in the Years 1774 to 1776 (New Haven, 1934), p. 43-44, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=19055, accessed: 19 August 2019

Additional comments:

Reader 18 or 19 years old, and returning to America following education in Scotland.

 

 

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