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Record 19450

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Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 14 April 1845: '[Charles Bernard] is a very worldly writer, to my mind; & really I like George Sand's wickedness better, -- it is of a higher order. Bernard's most magnificent idea of virtue is what you & I shd. call expediency -- now is'nt it? Though I was delighted with "Un homme Serieux," -- & also with "Le paravent," .. the "Aventure d'un magistrat," for instance, is in the latter, to illustrate my opinion. Did you ever read a more disgusting series of small cheateries? It almost spoilt my pleasure in the power. I had a reaction & grew "moral" [...] the "stink in one's nostrils" [Job 4:10] of all that falsehood & depravity, was so immense.' And not much better in its effect on me, was the story of the "Rose blanche" [sic] (though the pretty hoyden captivated me) where no man of honour [italics]could[end italics] have acted as the hero does'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
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:Elizabeth Barrett
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 6 Mar 1806
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Evangelical
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: George Sand
Title: Rose et Blanche
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1831
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 19450  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis
  Title: The Brownings' Correspondence
  Place of Publication: Winfield
  Date of Publication: 1992
  Vol: 10
  Page: 159
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1992), 10, p. 159,, accessed: 09 December 2023

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