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Record 11598

Reading Experience:

'Reading the "Les filles des platre" by M. Xavier de Montepin it is like the generality of French Novels, and does not give a very exalted notions of French morals; the more I read French books, the more I am struck at the immense difference there is between the two nations that are only seperated [sic] by a narrow channel, twenty miles across; Customs manners & morals are entirely different; there is no nation in the world so much in love with domestic happiness & domestic comfort as the English, and none less so, than the French; that which affords great pleasure to our neighbours, excites only disgust in an Englishman; this I gather not only from the Books I read, but also from what I saw myself during my stay in France, and the older I get, the more thankful I am that I was not born a Frenchman.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 31 Jan 1859
Country: n/a
Time: n/a
Place: city: Jeddah
other location: on board HMS Pelorus
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:Albert Battiscombe
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 14 Apr 1831
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: Lieutenant Royal Navy
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Xavier Aymon de, Count Montepin
Title: Les Filles de platre. Les trois debuts
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1855
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 11598  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Albert H.W. Battiscombe
  Title: Journal of H.M.S Pelorus 21, August 1st 1857 to March 11th 1859
  Location: Royal Naval Museum
  Call no: 1976/110(1)
  Page/folio: p. 138

Citation: Albert H.W. Battiscombe, Journal of H.M.S Pelorus 21, August 1st 1857 to March 11th 1859 Royal Naval Museum, p. 1976/110(1), p. p. 138,, accessed: 04 June 2023

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