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Record Number: 17418


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'In a shop in Buchanan Street, there was exposed a little gold wristlet with 'Phil. 1.3' upon it; look it up in the New Testament and take the text, meine schone Freundin, as a message from me.'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

19 Sep 1873

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Terreglestown, Dumfries

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:

Robert Louis Stevenson

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

13 Nov 1850

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

writer

Religion:

atheist

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

Scotland

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

letter to Frances Sitwell


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Paul

Title:

Epistle to the Philippians, I.3

Genre:

Bible

Form of Text:

Print: wristlet

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

read in situ
seen in a shop window


Source Information:

Record ID:

17418

Source:

Print

Author:

Robert Louis Stevenson

Editor:

Bradford Booth

Title:

The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson

Place of Publication:

New Haven and London

Date of Publication:

1994

Vol:

1

Page:

304

Additional Comments:

additional editor Ernest Mehew

Citation:

Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson (New Haven and London, 1994), 1, p. 304, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=17418, accessed: 22 April 2024


Additional Comments:

RLS not reading Bible at the time. The wristlet he saw in a shop window had a reference to a line in Paul's Epistle to the Philippians. RLS must have been sufficiently familiar with his Bible to decode the reference and use it for his own purposes.

   
   
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