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Who was Mrs Trimmer in the following excerpt?

And Prince Arthur, nephew of King John of England, had described himself as tolerably comfortable in the seventh circle, where he was learning to paint on velvet, under the direction of Mrs. Trimmer and Mary Queen of Scots.

  • How can I be sure? – Hamed Oct 21 '13 at 13:34
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    Dickens: 7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870; Mrs. Trimmer: 6 January 1741 – 15 December 1810 - I could not find any other Trimmer, and I guess Charles Dickens believed she belonged in Hell :) – mplungjan Oct 21 '13 at 13:40
  • bedankt voor de informatie. – Hamed Oct 21 '13 at 13:43
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Found it:

Dickens did not like Mrs. Sarah Trimmer's protection of young readers from fairy tales

From Opening The Nursery Door By Mary Hilton, Morag Styles, Victor Watson

Dickens does not like fairy tale reformers

  • so he is teasing her in The Haunted House – Hamed Oct 21 '13 at 14:02
  • Except she is long dead... – mplungjan Oct 21 '13 at 14:09
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    As noted in your earlier link, Wikipedia suggests that Trimmer also advocated social policy that Dickens might have objected to: Her writings outlined the benefits of social hierarchy, arguing that each class should remain in its God-given position. – bib Oct 21 '13 at 14:54

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