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the experience of reading in Britain, from 1450 to 1945...

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Feuillet Octave : La Petite Comtesse

'The other day for a treat Charlie got me La Petite Comtesse to read. I never was more delighted with any story. It is so beautifully and pathetically written, but so sad that it made me miserable. I shan't read any more books. For a whole day after I had finished my charming petite comtesse, I found I took not the faintest interest in any of my household duties, and wanted only to sit by the fire and read, read, read, all through my life.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Katey Dickens      Print: Book



'On these awful dark days there is no work to be done; so this morning after answering notes and paying bills and doing everything I hate doing, I sat down in a very depressed state of mind to read'.

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Kate Perugini      Print: Unknown


Mary Russell Mitford : Our Village: Sketches of Rural Character and Scenery

'My dear Miss Mitford,I cannot miss the opportunity my aunt allows me of writing to the author of "Our Village," to express my interest in her, and in the perusal of her charming book, one of the most valuable in my library, which I have read several times, and at each repetition have experienced increased delight.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Kate Sedgwick      Print: Book


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'hard Kate read a chapter'

Century: 1600-1699     Reader/Listener/Group: Kate      Print: Book


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'This day and the next I went about the house, after I had hard Kate [read] a chapter'

Century: 1600-1699     Reader/Listener/Group: Kate      Print: Book


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