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Record 9760

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
From Harriet Martineau's account of Queen Victoria's coronation: 'About nine, the first gleams of the sun slanted into the abbey [...] The brightness, vastness, and dreamy magnificence of the scene produced a strange effect of exhaustion and sleepiness [...] I determined to withdraw my senses from the scene, in order to reserve my strength [...] for the ceremonial to come. I had carried a book; and I read and ate a sandwich, leaning against my friendly pillar, till I felt refreshed.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 28 Jun 1838
Country: England
Time: morning
Place: city: London
specific address: Westminster Abbey
   
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:Harriet Martineau
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 12 Jun 1802
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Unitarian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: unknown
Title: unknown
Genre: Unknown
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 9760  
Source - Print  
  Author: Harriet Martineau
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Harriet Martineau's Autobiography
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1877
  Vol: 2
  Page: 124
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Harriet Martineau, Harriet Martineau's Autobiography (London, 1877), 2, p. 124, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=9760, accessed: 02 February 2023

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