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Record 12229

Reading Experience:

'Soon after, the old mamma hobbled to me,? and began a furious panegyric upon my Book,? saying at the same Time "I wonder, miss, how you could get at them low characters! ? as to the Lords and Ladies that?s no wonder at all, ? why as to t?other, ?why I have not stirred night nor morning while I?ve been reading it,? if I don?t wonder how you could be so clever! ? ... . . . you?ve writ the best and prettiest book? that Lord there, I forget his Name, that marries her at last, what a fine Gentleman he is! You deserve everything for Drawing such a Character, ? & then Miss Elena there? Miss Belmont as she is at last, ?what a Noble Couple of ?em you have put together! As to the t?other Lord, I was glad he had not her, for I see he had nothing but a bad design."
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jan 1778 and 6 May 1780
Country: unknown
Time: daytime
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:Mary Lawes
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1701
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: widow of diplomat, John Lawes
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: unknown
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Frances Burney
Title: Evelina
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: London, 1778
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 12229  
Source - Print  
  Author: Fanny Burney
  Editor: Betty Rizzo
  Title: The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney
  Place of Publication: London: Oxford University Press
  Date of Publication: 2003
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 104 and 106
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Fanny Burney, Betty Rizzo (ed.), The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney (London: Oxford University Press, 2003), p. 104 and 106,, accessed: 20 January 2022

Additional comments:

comments suggest she read the novel in one sitting. editor's note on p. 85 re. 'Mrs Lawes' - 'probably Mary Lawes'



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