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Record 27837

Reading Experience:

'[At boarding school in Chelsea] I applied rigidly to study, and acquired a taste for books, which has never, from that time, deserted me. Mrs [Meribah] Lorrington frequently read to me after school hours, and I to her: I sometimes indulged my fancy in writing verses, or composing rebuses; and my governess never failed to applaud the juvenile compositions I presented to her.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jan 1766 and 31 Dec 1771
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Chelsea
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:Meribah Lorrington
Age Unknown
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Boarding-school governess
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Mary Darby
Title: poems
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 27837  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: M. J. Levy
  Title: Perdita. The Memoirs of Mary Robinson
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 29-30
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: M. J. Levy (ed.), Perdita. The Memoirs of Mary Robinson (London, 1994), p. 29-30,, accessed: 20 January 2022

Additional comments:

Robinson has previously told in her memoir of her intimate friendship with her governess Meribah Lorrington, also explaining that 'love was the theme' of her poems.



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