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Record 19654

Reading Experience:

'I have been in bed 9 days now and still must not get up. My one enjoyment is in reading the letters of Carlyle and Jane Welsh before their marriage... She begins in the smartest, pertest, Jane Welsh way, but gradually the other Jane begins to break through, passionate, melancholy, impatient, fun-loving - fame-hungry almost - and nervous. But she seems to care for him only as a friend - the idea of marriage is disgusting to her. She is very like me; they had not met for months, had only two hours, and she wasted it all by forcing a quarrel she did not want. And her "arch enemy" was headache.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 30 Jan 1933 and 9 Feb 1933
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: other location: in bed
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:Antonia White
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 31 Mar 1899
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: Catholic by birth
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: christened Eirene Botting


Text Being Read:

Author: Jane Welsh
Title: [letters to Carlyle]
Genre: Letters
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 19654  
Source - Print  
  Author: Antonia White
  Editor: Susan Chitty
  Title: Antonia White. Diaries 1926-1957
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1991
  Vol: I
  Page: 21
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Antonia White, Susan Chitty (ed.), Antonia White. Diaries 1926-1957 (London, 1991), I, p. 21,, accessed: 21 February 2024

Additional comments:

also Carlyle's letters to Jane



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