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Harriet Grote


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Claude Bernard : 

'After the first week or so I became tired of reading aloud to George [husband, suffering from disorders of eyes], so we fortunately, obtained the services of a lady who, for several hours daily, fed the appetite of the disabled student through the ear in default of the visual organs. 'The book we were employed to read to him was a treatise by a profound physiologist, M. Claude Bernard, on the nervous system. I remember halting now and then, as I read out passages inconceivably scientific and abtruse, when I would enquire: "George, do you understand what I am reading to you?" -- "Perfectly." -- "Oh! very well, then I will go on; for my part it is quite above [italics]my[end italics] comprehension." A bland smile would be all he had to give in reply to this confession.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Harriet Grote      Print: Book


Degerando : Histoire des systemes de philosophie

'While we were [visiting] at Harpton Court, passing one forenoon in Mr. Grote [husband]'s dressing-room, I asked him (as was my wont to do), "What are you reading there, George?" '"I am studying Degerando's 'Histoire des Systemes de Philosophie," and here is something which it will amuse [italics]you[end italics] to read (handing me the book). 'I looked through the passage, and then enjoyed a hearty laugh over it, along with the Historian [Grote].'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Harriet Grote      Print: Book


Sir William Gomm : Annotations to George Grote, A History of Greece (vols 1-5)

'Sir William Gomm served for some time in India, and indeed had been commander of the forces there. Being at Simla, he occupied himself with the study of Grote's "History of Greece," having got hold of the first five volumes. He was so absorbed in the book, that he made copious notes upon portions of it; which I have since had the privilege of reading, and Mr. Grote also looked through them. The observations and comments indicate an attentive following of the author's text, especially in connection with the military incidents, on which Sir W.'s remarks are pertinent and even instructive.'

Century: 1800-1849 / 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Harriet Grote      


 : anti-Empire articles

'We remained in Paris from 8th September [1869] to the 18th. The effect of the daily articles against the Empire, which Grote devoured with avidity, of course, appeared to me to be more beneficial to his health and spirits than anything he had yet tried. He used to go out and buy a heap of these trashy diatribes every day, bringing in an armful to our apartment at Meurice's [...] moreover, I own to having spent much time over the "trash" in question, myself.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Harriet Grote      Print: Newspaper, Unknown


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