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Record Number: 28445


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'In the Bronte Museum, there is a manuscript French phrase book, written and used by the Rev. Patrick Bronte during this [February 1842] visit to Brussels. It is a little home-made note-book, consisting of 36 pages, stitched into a back of limp, straight-grained calf. The first page is occupied by the following note: '"The following conversational terms, suitable to a Traveller in France, or any part of the Continent of Europe -- are taken from Turenne's New French Manual for 1840 -- and with those in my pocket book will be sufficient for me -- and must be fully mastered, and ready -- semper -- All these must be kept -- semper. There are first the French -- 2 -- The right pronunciation -- and lastly the English. [name and address details follow]" [...] 'The phrases written on the next 19 pages are divided under headings: -- Of the mind, -- Of food, -- Spices &c., -- Dessert and drink, -- Numerals, -- Days & Months, -- French Coin, &c. At the foot of p.17 is the following note: "I have thus made extracts once over all Turenne's excellent French Manual. May -- 1842 -- B."'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Feb 1842 and 31 May 1842

Country:

n/a

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:

Patrick Bronte

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

17 Mar 1777

Socio-Economic Group:

Clergy (includes all denominations)

Occupation:

Priest

Religion:

Church of England

Country of Origin:

Ireland

Country of Experience:

n/a

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Title:

Turenne's New French Manual for 1840

Genre:

Textbook / self-education, Languages

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

28445

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Thomas James Wise and John Alexander Symington

Title:

The Brontes: Their Lives, Friendships and Correspondence

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1980

Vol:

I-II

Page:

253

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Thomas James Wise and John Alexander Symington (ed.), The Brontes: Their Lives, Friendships and Correspondence (Oxford, 1980), I-II, p. 253, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=28445, accessed: 17 April 2024


Additional Comments:

Patrick Bronte was preparing to escort his daughters Charlotte and Emily to Brussels, where they were due to take up teaching posts at the Pensionnat Heger in February 1842 (see p.253 in source for further details).

   
   
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