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Record 17566

Reading Experience:

'We have a little French story in the house, called [underlined] Elizabeth [end underlining], much admired and praised: but "somehow", I have taken it into my head that it is [underlined] too good [end underlining] for my palate, because Mrs W - the strictest person in the world about Novels, put it into the hands of my Bone - and my bone yawned over it - andd when I asked her how she liked it, said - "O very much - only there's hardly any love in it!" Whip Novels without love!'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Until: 20 Nov 1806
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Cheshire
specific address: Delamere Lodge
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:Anna Wilbraham
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: daughter of MP
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Marie "Sophie" Cottin
Title: Elisabeth, ou les Exiles de Siberie
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
given to her by her mother to read


Source Information:

Record ID: 17566  
Source - Print  
  Author: Sarah Harriet Burney
  Editor: Lorna J. Clark
  Title: Letters of Sarah Harriet Burney, The
  Place of Publication: Athens GA / London
  Date of Publication: 1997
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 74
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Sarah Harriet Burney, Lorna J. Clark (ed.), Letters of Sarah Harriet Burney, The (Athens GA / London, 1997), p. 74,, accessed: 21 February 2024

Additional comments:

Letter to Charlotte Francis, 20th November 1806. 'Bone' was the nickname of SHB's pupil Anna, daughter of Cheshire MP George Wilbraham. "Somehow" has quotation marks in the passage quoted to mock Mrs Piozzi's style.



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