Charles Dickens in Boston - 1842
from American Notes, pages 56, page 56:
Once a week, [the patients] have a ball, in which the Doctor and his family, with all the nurses and attendants, take an active part. Dances and marches are performed alternately, to the enlivening strains of a piano; and now and then some gentleman or lady (whose proficiency has been previously ascertained) obliges the company with a song: nor does it ever degenerate, at a tender crisis, into a screech or howl; wherein, I must confess, I should have thought the danger lay. At an early hour they all meet together for these festive purposes; at eight o’clock refreshments are served; and at … more >>
American Notes, pages 56. In Charles Dickens , and Patricia Ingham (ed.), American Notes (2000), p. 56. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1382444923 accessed: 26 March, 2023
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|Listening Environment||in the company of others, in private, indoors|
The institution in question is the 'State Hospital for the insane' in South Boston.
Originally submitted by hgb3 on Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:28:43 +0100