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Record 11624

Reading Experience:

'In the afternoon upon the Quarter-deck, the Doctor told Mr North and me an admirable story called "The Fruitlesse Precaution": an exceeding pretty story and worth my getting without book when I can get the book.'
Century: 1600-1699
Date: 12 May 1660
Country: Between England and France
Time: afternoon: 'afternoon'
Place: other location: On quarter deck of ship, at sea between England and Holland
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
passive in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader: Anon
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Doctor
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Between England and France
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Samuel Pepys and Mr North
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Paul Scarron
Title: The Fruitless Precaution
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: English translation
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 11624  
Source - Print  
  Author: Samuel Pepys
  Editor: Robert Latham
  Title: The diary of Samuel Pepys
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 1
  Page: 135
  Additional comments: Co-editor William Matthews

Citation: Samuel Pepys, Robert Latham (ed.), The diary of Samuel Pepys (London, 1970), 1, p. 135,, accessed: 02 March 2024

Additional comments:

Unsure if this is account of Doctor reading aloud to Pepys and North, or whether he is just telling the tale from memory of earlier reading?



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