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Record 4202

Reading Experience:

'The wife of an Indian yogi (if a yogi be permitted to have a wife) might be a very affectionate woman, but her sympathy with her husband could not have a very extensive sphere. As his eyes are to be continually fixed upon the point of his nose, hers in duteous sympathy must squint in like manner; and if the perfection of his virtue be to sit so still that the birds (vide Sacontala) may unmolested build nests in his hair, his wife cannot better show her affection than by yielding her tresses to them with similar patient stupidity.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: unknown
Country: Ireland
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:Maria Edgeworth
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1767
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: Writer and governess
Religion: Christian (Church of England)
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Ireland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Kalidasa
Title: Sakuntala: or the lost ring - and Indian drama
Genre: Drama
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: English transl. London 1790 by Sir William Jones.
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 4202  
Source - Print  
  Author: Maria Edgeworth
  Editor: Augustus J C Hare
  Title: The Life and Letters of Maria Edgeworth
  Place of Publication: London, Edward Arnold
  Date of Publication: 1894 (2 vols)
  Vol: 1
  Page: 50
  Additional comments: Letter to Miss Beaufort, her future step mother (16/5/1798).

Citation: Maria Edgeworth, Augustus J C Hare (ed.), The Life and Letters of Maria Edgeworth (London, Edward Arnold, 1894 (2 vols)), 1, p. 50,, accessed: 18 January 2022

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