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Record 26575

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
Sunday, 19 February 1826; 'Being troubled with thick-coming fancies and a slight palpitation of the heart I have been reading the Chronicle of the Good Knight Messire Jacques de Lalain, curious but dull from the constant repetition of the same species of combats in the same stile and phrase [...] It passes the time however, especially in that listless mood when your mind is half on your book half on something else: you catch something to arrest the attention every now and then and what you miss is not worth going back upon. Idle man's studies in short. [goes on to muse upon possibilities for own imaginative use of episodes in text]'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Feb 1826 and 19 Feb 1826
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
   
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:Walter Scott
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1771
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: G. Chastellain
Title: Vie de Jacques de Lalaine
Genre: History, Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: In Chroniques Nationales, ed. J. A. Buchon, 1824-26
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 26575  
Source - Print  
  Author: Walter Scott
  Editor: W. E. K. Anderson
  Title: The Journal of Sir Walter Scott
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1972
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 94
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Walter Scott, W. E. K. Anderson (ed.), The Journal of Sir Walter Scott (Oxford, 1972), p. 94, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=26575, accessed: 23 May 2024

Additional comments:

'Thick-coming fancies' an allusion to Macbeth V.3; entry written during period of financial difficulty.

 

 

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