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Record 23648

Reading Experience:

'I walked into Robson's Shop the other day, and seeing a very fine Virgil was tempted to open it with something of Superstitious Intention by way of trying the "Sortes Virgilanae": the Book spontaneously open'd where Turnus welcomes Camilla, and fixing his fine Eyes upon her cries out with a mixture of Admiration & Gratitude Oh Decus Italiae &c. I thought it a good omen'.
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Until: 28 Mar 1783
Country: England
Time: daytime
Place: specific address: Robson's book shop
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:Hester Lynch Thrale
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 27 Jan 1741
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: n/a
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Wales
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Virgil
Title: Aeneid
Genre: Classics, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: in latin
Provenance: read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID: 23648  
Source - Print  
  Author: Hester Lynch Thrale
  Editor: Katharine C. Balderston
  Title: Thraliana
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1951
  Vol: I
  Page: 560-1
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Hester Lynch Thrale, Katharine C. Balderston (ed.), Thraliana (Oxford, 1951), I, p. 560-1,, accessed: 27 January 2023

Additional comments:

This was during Mrs Thrale's romance with Piozzi and their separation



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