Some account of the English stage: from the Restoration in 1660 to 1830, Volume 10

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H.E. Carrington, 1832 - Theater
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Page 425 - And how did Garrick speak the soliloquy last night? Oh, against all rule, my Lord, — most ungrammatically! betwixt the substantive and the adjective, which should agree together in number, case, and gender, he made a breach thus, — stopping, as if the point wanted settling; — and betwixt the nominative case, which your lordship knows should govern the verb, he suspended his voice in the epilogue a dozen times three seconds and three fifths by a stop-watch, my Lord, each time.
Page 426 - Admirable grammarian! But in suspending his voice — was the sense suspended likewise? Did no expression of attitude or countenance fill up the chasm ? — Was the eye silent? Did you narrowly look? — —I looked only at the stop-watch, my Lord.
Page 50 - ... he fell from his duty, and all his former friends, and prostituted himself to the vile office of celebrating the infamous acts of those who were in rebellion against the King ; which he did so meanly, that he seemed to all men to have lost his wits when he left his honesty; and so shortly after died miserable and neglected, and deserves to be forgotten.
Page 433 - Mrs. Abington's manner was charmingly fascinating, and her speaking voice melodious. She had peculiar tricks in acting, one was turning her wrist, and seeming to stick a pin in the side of her waist.
Page 445 - ... shields upon their left arms : the axle-tree was taken by another — it was a spear : the body of the chariot also took to pieces, and the whole was converted into swords, javelins, lances, standards, &c. ; each soldier, thus armed, arranged himself at the sides of the stage, and Alexander standing in the centre began his speech.
Page 445 - He, seated in it, was drawn to the front, to triumphant music, by the unarmed soldiery. When arrived at its station to stop, for him to alight, before he had time even to speak, the machinery was settled on such a simple, yet certain plan, that the chariot in a twinkling disappeared, and every soldier was at the instant armed. It was thus managed : — each man having his particular duty previously assigned...
Page 234 - death-bed" may be, it is not my province to predicate : let him settle it with his Maker, as I must do with mine. There is something at once ludicrous and blasphemous in this arrogant scribbler of all...
Page 155 - Whereas Mr. Thomas Otway, some time before his death, made four Acts of a Play, whoever can give notice in whose hands the copy lies, either to Mr. Thomas Betterton, or to Mr. William Smith, at the Theatre Royal, shall be well rewarded for his pains.
Page 12 - Was played betwixt the black house and the white. " The white house won. Yet still the black doth brag, ' They had the power to put me in the bag. " Use but your royal hand, 'twill set me free: V 'Tis but removing of a man, that's me.
Page 251 - It was the happiness of the Actors of those Times to have such Poets as these to instruct them, and write for them; and no less of those Poets to have such docile and excellent Actors to Act their Playes, as a Field and Burbidge...

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