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Record 2304

Reading Experience:

Once or twice some description of physical pain broke through my detachment: the detailed account of the binding of a young girl's feet in a missionary book about China, or the evocation of the agony, like walking on a thousand knives, endured by the mermaid who was given human legs. The story of 'The Little Mermaid' was in fact one which did make me feel and understand. The hopelessness of a relationship between two people born in different elements was somehow an emotion which I could grasp to the point of distress and one which came back to me in adult life with a sense of complete continuity. But this understanding was almost an aberration.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 01 Jan 1925 and 31 Dec 1937
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Exmouth
location in dwelling: at home, or
other location: school
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:Patricia Beer
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 4 Nov 1919
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: daughter of railway clerk
Religion: Plymouth Brethren
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:

Title: unknown [missionary book about China]
Genre: Other religious, Geography / Travel
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 2304  
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: 102-103
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Patricia Beer, Mrs Beer's House (London, 1968), p. 102-103,, accessed: 02 February 2023

Additional comments:



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