Penny reading

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Penny reading an entertainment consisting of readings, &c., to which the admission is a penny
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rǽdan, to discern, read—rǽd, counsel; Ger. rathen, to advise.

Usage

In literature:

Jack ought to give "penny readings," I think!
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
The girls spent an hour in the reading room, but for some reason Penny could not interest herself in the magazines.
"Penny Nichols Finds a Clue" by Joan Clark
Penny studied it carefully and read the story several times before relinquishing the paper to her father.
"Penny Nichols and the Black Imp" by Joan Clark
Penny had read the titles with surprise.
"Penny Nichols and the Knob Hill Mystery" by Joan Clark
While Penny read the communication, the woman eyed her suspiciously.
"Penny Nichols and the Mystery of the Lost Key" by Joan Clark
Penny bought a copy, reading with displeasure the story of Mr. Parker's disappearance.
"Ghost Beyond the Gate" by Mildred A. Wirt
Turning her head to read an electric sign, Penny's attention was drawn to a man in a gray suit who was walking close to the curb.
"The Clock Strikes Thirteen" by Mildred A. Wirt
Penny read the words aloud.
"Danger at the Drawbridge" by Mildred A. Wirt
Penny had the pleasure of reading it at breakfast the next morning.
"The Wishing Well" by Mildred A. Wirt
While Mr. Parker purchased a newspaper and sat down on the dock to read, Penny sauntered along the shore.
"Guilt of the Brass Thieves" by Mildred A. Wirt
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In poetry:

"For I have sold my lands so broad,
And have not left me one penny!
I must go now and take some read
Unto Edenborrow and beg my bread."
"The Heir Of Lynne" by Andrew Lang
Better a meager Tome to sow the Seed
Of errant Thought and Fancy's Lantern feed;
Better a Penny Dreadful than the Book
That sends you into Slumber when you read.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin

In news:

I read in yesterday's Buffalo News' Letters to the Editor an opinion by Tom Flynn of Buffalo who questioned the practice of retailers who placed a penny cup by the register.
Penny Marshall will be reading and signing books at Bookends Bookstore.
Penny Marshall will be reading and signing books at Posman Books.
Penny Marshall will be reading and signing books at the Strand Bookstore.
A twisting, turning journey of history starts with penny postcard By Bill Haglund Editor There are more twists and turns in the story of a postcard mailed from Woodward in – Continue reading.
I was wondering if the Gothenburg Times might provide Neil A Davis and Penny Fattig with each other's address, so they might correspond directly to each other and spare us reading their redundant bickering via The Times.
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In science:

The presence of some hydrogen in its atmosphere is inferred from the He II Pickering decrement (think about it; the penny dropped for us as this was being written, but the paper was read five months earlier).
Astrophysics in 2006
I thank Eamonn Kerins, Szymon Kozłowski, Nick Rattenbury an d particularly Matthew Penny for a careful reading of the manuscript.
Introduction to Gravitational Microlensing
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