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Record 2213

Reading Experience:

in 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' there was the key line, 'That demmed elusive Pimpernel'; and, of course, 'demmed' would never do, so Mother substituted 'awful'. I think she deliberately chose a word which did not scan and which obviously was not the original one... 'The Scarlet Pimpernel', incidentally, was another great favourite of Mother's...
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1925 and 31 Dec 1935
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: Exmouth
location in dwelling: at home, in kitchen, front room and garden
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Harriet Beer
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: wife of railway clerk
Religion: Plymouth Brethern
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
daughters -Patricia Beer and Sheila Beer
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Title: The Scarlet Pimpernel
Genre: Fiction, History
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 2213  
Source - Print  
  Author: Patricia Beer
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Mrs Beer's House
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1968
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 100-101
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Patricia Beer, Mrs Beer's House (London, 1968), p. 100-101,, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:



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