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Record Number: 10042


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'The only social event she goes to is the Sunday afternoon tea run by her chapel. Again she has not made many friends here, but she seems to enjoy going. Apart from that, she spends her evenings writing letters, sewing, and reading. Molly reads far more than most of the girls-she always brings a book to read in the canteen. She does not just read idly for pleasure, but has a real thought-out attitude toward it, and regards it as a worthwhile occupation. At the time of writing she is reading "A Tale of Two Cities", and intends to have read the whole of Dickens by the end of the summer.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Sep 1939 and 31 Dec 1942

Country:

England

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:

Molly

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

factory worker

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Charles Dickens

Title:

A tale of two cities

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

10042

Source - Manuscript:

Other

Information:

Tom Harrison, 'War Factory: A Report by Mass-Observation' (London, 1943), p. 39, in Mass Observation Online (access to this site is restricted to purchasing institutions, please see http://www.amdigital.co.uk/collections/Mass-Observation-Online for details). http://www.massobservation.amdigital.co.uk

Additional Information:

MOO accessed August 26, 2007

Citation:

Tom Harrison, 'War Factory: A Report by Mass-Observation' (London, 1943), p. 39, in Mass Observation Online (access to this site is restricted to purchasing institutions, please see http://www.amdigital.co.uk/collections/Mass-Observation-Online for details). http://www.massobservation.amdigital.co.uk, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=10042, accessed: 25 February 2020


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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