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    Lightbulb by various members of the audience

    Hi
    I am reading the following context and I am a little cinfused. Does "the audience" refer to the people in the real world or does it refer to people who were in her vision?

    Mrs. E. A. Cannock, a well-known London clairvoyant, described at a Spiritualist meeting how a number of deceased soldiers adopted a novel and convincing method of making known their identity. The soldiers (as seen in her clairvoyant vision) advanced in single file up the aisle, led by a young lieutenant. Each man bore on his chest what appeared to be a large placard on which was written his name and the place where he had lived on earth. Mrs. Cannock was able to read these names and descriptions, and they were all identified by various members of the audience. A curious feature was that as each name was recognized the spirit form faded away, thus making way for the one who was following.

    "The History of Spiritualism," by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Re: by various members of the audience

    He means the audience at the meeting there the soldiers supposedly appeared.
    Retired magazine editor and native British English speaker - not a teacher

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    Re: by various members of the audience

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterCW View Post
    He means the audience at the meeting there the soldiers supposedly appeared.
    I don't think that's the word you meant to type.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: by various members of the audience

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterCW View Post
    He means the audience at the meeting there the soldiers supposedly appeared.
    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't think that's the word you meant to type.
    PeterCW, please correct the error in message #2. We expect native speakers — especially former editors — to post with a minimum of errors and to correct them when they're pointed out.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: by various members of the audience

    Quote Originally Posted by jacob123 View Post
    Hi
    I am reading the following passage, and I am a little confused. Does "the audience" refer to the people in the real world or does it refer to people who were in her vision? . . .
    It was a live audience.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: by various members of the audience

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    It was a live audience.
    HaHaHa

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