The Golden Age of Vassar

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Vassar College, 1915 - 164 pages

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Page 104 - She put her hand to the nail, And her right hand to the workman's hammer; And with the hammer she smote Sisera, She smote off his head, When she had pierced and stricken through his temples. At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: At her feet he bowed, he fell: Where he bowed, there he fell down dead.
Page 105 - Lord, when thou wentest out of Seir, When thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, The earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, The clouds also dropped water. 5 The mountains melted from before the Lord, Even that Sinai from before the Lord God of Israel.
Page 105 - There were no facilities for dramatic performances when the college first opened, but attempts of such a nature were soon made. Primitive to a degree, they nevertheless set the ball rolling. A student, for instance, would say to a group of her friends: Let's have a charade to-night in Room D, the recitation rooms being named after the letters of the alphabet, and unoccupied except during class hours.
Page 109 - Vassar for dramatic entertainments, the crude efforts of those early years from 1865 to '70 must appear as those of the Sixteenth Century Globe Theater appear to moderns. But as there was acting of a kind in Shakespeare's day sufficient to stir the blood of London play-goers, so there was acting as sincere and compelling at Vassar in the days of Fraulein Knapp and Professor Van Ingen.
Page 87 - In the late spring, he would take some of his pupils to sightly spots overlooking the Hudson in the near neighborhood of Poughkeepsie. They carried luncheon with them and spent the day in sketching under his supervision.
Page 108 - The fame of Little Women acted by the dramatic talent of Vassar went abroad. How happy I was during the too short hours of a Saturday when Professor Van Ingen invited several of us to assist him in painting all day long on the scenery for Little Women. We thought the fireplace, which he alone painted, a chef d'ceuvre.
Page 105 - Sometimes merely the title for a play would be given, and parts assigned, each girl thinking out her role in a general way during the few hours intervening, and depending on inspiration for a ready flow of words, as well as a modification of her cue from previous speakers.
Page 107 - After a couple of years, more elaborate arrangements for drama were undertaken, owing chiefly to the suggestions of a German teacher, Fraulein Caecilie Knapp, a cousin of Hermann Knapp, then one of the most distinguished among the German public-spirited citizens of New York.
Page 107 - Schiller's Maria Stuart, and Joan of Arc were given in German with great success, Fraulein Knapp being untiring in drilling her actors and actresses.
Page 126 - Come with me. I want to show you something. I want to show you the greatest Greek scholar in the world. He is taking luncheon with Miss Lyman, now, at her table, and the dining-room doors stand wide open.

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