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Record Number: 10073


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

[Transcribed in Lady Caroline's hand]: ?From Nature & Art There is a word in the vocabulary more bitter, more direful in its import than all the rest?if poverty if bodily pain if disgrace even if flighted love be your unhappy fate kneel & bless heaven for its beneficent influence [...] William was gone ? her lover her Friend was gone & with him gone all that excels of happiness which is presence had bestow?d [?] She wished it had been kinder even for his sake who wrote it yes said she after a pause ? he has only the fault of inconstancy and that has been caused by my change of conduct ? had I been virtuous still he had still been affectionate?Bitter thought & true! ??

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Aug 1812 and 31 Dec 1812

Country:

England or possibly Ireland

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:

Lady Caroline Lamb

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

13 Nov 1785

Socio-Economic Group:

Royalty / aristocracy

Occupation:

socialite, novelist, influential member of the Whig political elite

Religion:

Christian

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England or possibly Ireland

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

(n?e Ponsonby)



Text Being Read:

Author:

Elizabeth Inchbald

Title:

Nature and Art

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

10073

Source:

Manuscript

Author:

Lady Caroline Lamb (n?e Ponsonby)

Title:

[commonplace book 1]

Location:

John Murray Archive

Call No:

Acc. 12604/4107

Page/Folio:

23r-24r

Citation:

Lady Caroline Lamb (n?e Ponsonby), [commonplace book 1] John Murray Archive, p. Acc. 12604/4107, p. 23r-24r, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=10073, accessed: 19 January 2022


Additional Comments:

Lady Caroline's quotation contains errors, which are more prominent in the second half transcribed here. She combines sentences from different paragraphs. Inchbald's text actually reads: 'She wished it had been kinder, even for his sake who wrote it---because she thought so well of him, and desired still to think so well, that she was sorry at any faults that rendered him less worthy of her good opinion. The cold civility of his letter had this effect---her clear, her acute judgment felt it a kind of prevarication to promise to write---and then write nothing that was hoped for. But enthralled by the magic of her passion, she shortly found excuses for the man she loved, at the expence of her own condemnation: "He has only the fault of inconstancy," she cried, "and that has been caused by my change of conduct---had I been virtuous still, he had still been affectionate." Bitter thought!' Transcribed by Lindsey Eckert.

   
   
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