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Record 22266

Reading Experience:

'This evening I have been reading a good deal in the "Monk". I don't know whether it hurts the mind or not, it certainly shows the passions in a very fascinating light. I think we are more apt to be impressed with that part than the morality of it. I think it loss of time and ... I should not go on reading it, but yet as I have begun it I think it better to go on.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: 25 May 1798
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: Norwich (2 miles)
county: Norfolk
specific address: Earlham Hall
location in dwelling
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 Gurney
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 21 May 1780
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: daughter of merchant and banker
Religion: Quaker
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: later Elizabeth Fry


Text Being Read:

Author: Matthew Lewis
Title: The Monk
Genre: Fiction, gothic
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 22266  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Elizabeth Fry
  Title: Journal
  Location: British Library
  Call no: Add Mss 47456
  Page/folio: ff. 22

Citation: Elizabeth Fry, Journal British Library, p. Add Mss 47456, p. ff. 22,, accessed: 21 February 2024

Additional comments:



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