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Record 20404

Reading Experience:

[Signature] R.L.H. Stevenson 'You don’t know what H. means, ha? I have been reading Nym; and that’s the humour of it.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 8 Jun 1875
Country: Probably Scotland.
Time: n/a
Place: city: Edinburgh
county: Lothian
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:Robert Louis Stevenson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 13 Nov 1850
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: lapsed presbyterian
Country of origin: Scotland.
Country of experience: Probably Scotland.
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Shakespeare
Title: Henry V
Genre: Drama
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Printed 1600; the edition RLS refers to is not indicated.
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 20404  
Source - Print  
  Author: Robert Louis s
  Editor: Bradford A. Booth
  Title: The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879
  Place of Publication: New Haven and London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: 2
  Page: 143
  Additional comments: Letter 395, To Sidney Colvin, [7 or 8 June 1875], Swanston. Co-editor Ernest Mehew, The date in square brackets has been added by the editors.

Citation: Robert Louis s, Bradford A. Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879 (New Haven and London, 1994), 2, p. 143,, accessed: 31 March 2023

Additional comments:

In Shakespeare’s Henry V, Corporal Nym, one of Falstaff’s followers, uses the phrase “that is/that’s the humour of it”, or words very similar, 4 times in Act II, i; and once again in II, iii and III, ii. The Editors’ Note 2 on p.143 reads: “Nym uses the phrase several times in HenryV, II, i. RLS seems to mean he is adding the H. because it is his fancy to do so.”



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