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Record 30343

Reading Experience:

'It is surprising how irritating it is when simple little questions or arguments arise which none of us can settle because we have no other sources of information than our imagination. [italics] The Merchant of Venice [end italics], which Elsie sent me, has just settled one grevious point, viz. who was in love with Portia. I was a bit hazy over most of the play but I said Bassanio. Hamilton stuck out that Bassanio eventually trotted off with Nerissa. He had got it into his head that although Bassanio and Portia were lovers in the early part of the play, the ring episode upset things and Bassanio married Nerissa. But I was correct and I can now gloat over Hamilton although really I have little right to do so for it was more of a guess than a feat of memory, but I don't admit that to Hamilton.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 12 May 1918
Country: France
Time: n/a
Place: city: Halloy
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:Albert John Martin
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender n/a
Date of Birth 3 Sep 1884
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: Sapper, Royal Engineers; Admiralty clerk
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: France
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Shakespeare
Title: The Merchant of Venice
Genre: Drama
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 30343  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jack Martin
  Editor: Richard Van Emden
  Title: Sapper Martin: The Secret Great War Diary of Jack Martin
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 2009
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 182
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jack Martin, Richard Van Emden (ed.), Sapper Martin: The Secret Great War Diary of Jack Martin (London, 2009), p. 182,, accessed: 28 March 2023

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