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Record 18468

Reading Experience:

'[The Comtesse] has a [italics] library [end italics] of novels - literally; so that I wonder she has not, by filling her head with such a mass of trash, committed half a dozen murders and run away from her husband at least as many times, to make herself a heroine; - and, what is more, she cannot be [italics] scrupulous [end italics] in the selection of these novels, from the specimens of some she has lent me. Yet none of this idle reading seems to have injured her mind or manners; she speaks French beautifully, has very good manners, and is, I am told, very amiable'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: unknown
Country: Italy
Time: n/a
Place: other location: Lake Como
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 [-]
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: unknown
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: unknown
Country of experience: Italy
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: anonymous correspondent of Charlotte Bury


Text Being Read:

Author: unknown
Title: [novels]
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (private library)
lent by the Comtesse ----


Source Information:

Record ID: 18468  
Source - Print  
  Author: Charlotte Bury
  Editor: A. Francis Steuart
  Title: Diary of a Lady-in-Waiting, The
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1908
  Vol: 2
  Page: 154
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Charlotte Bury, A. Francis Steuart (ed.), Diary of a Lady-in-Waiting, The (London, 1908), 2, p. 154,, accessed: 23 June 2024

Additional comments:

Letter is undated and chronology is unclear - after the death of Princess Charlotte in 1817



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