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Record 7383

Reading Experience:

'She [his aunt] did not allow me to be idle, but alternately employed me in helping to knit stockings and in reading. While I was unemployed I found a never-failing source of amusement in scanning the gortesque figures and scenes delineated upon the Dutch tiles with which the chimney corners were decorated. I believe that these pictures, rude as they were, helped me a little better to understand what I read to her out of the Bible and other religious books. I believe that these readings were rather useful to me otherwise; but this perhaps arose partly from the pains she took to indulge my fancy in other matters, and partly also from the motherly way in which she endeavoured to make me understand what I read.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jan 1797 and 31 Dec 1798
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: location in dwelling
other location: Aunt's house
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Thomas Carter
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 5 Jul 1792
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: Son of a soldier
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
His aunt (by marriage).
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: [n/a]
Title: Bible
Genre: Bible
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (private library)


Source Information:

Record ID: 7383  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carter
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Memoirs of a Working Man
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1845
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 19
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carter, Memoirs of a Working Man (London, 1845), p. 19,, accessed: 16 February 2020

Additional comments:



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