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Record 10020

Reading Experience:

?for Hamlet & the trifling of his favour Hold it a fashion and a Toy in blood; A violet in the youth of primy nature Forward not permanent ? sweet not lasting The perfume and suppliance of a minute No more ?.. [Lamb?s own ellipses] Rest not perturb?d spirit? [writing in another direction on the other half of the sheet she continues] ?O dear Ophelia wherefore doubt me --I have not art to win thee but this I know I love thee best O most best ? believe it adieu. Hamlet?
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1814 and 31 Dec 1814
Country: England
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
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: (n?e Ponsonby)


Text Being Read:

Author: William Shakespeare
Title: Hamlet
Genre: Drama
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 10020  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Lady Caroline Lamb (n?e Ponsonby)
  Title: n/a
  Location: John Murray Archive
  Call no: Acc.12604/4144A
  Page/folio: unfoliated

Citation: Lady Caroline Lamb (n?e Ponsonby), John Murray Archive, p. Acc.12604/4144A, p. unfoliated,, accessed: 28 November 2023

Additional comments:

The first quote is Laertes from Act I Scene III; the second is a slightly misquoted letter from Hamlet from Act II Scene II. Transcribed by Lindsey Eckert.



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