The Life of Robert Coates: Better Known as 'Romeo' and 'Diamond' Coates, the Celebrated 'Amateur of Fashion'

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S. Low, Marston & Company, 1891 - Actors - 255 pages
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Page 18 - Shakespeare during his morning meal, with a tone and gesture extremely striking both to the eye and the ear; and, though we were strangers to each other, I could not help complimenting him on the beauty of his recitations, although he did not always stick to his author's text. On one occasion I took the liberty of correcting a passage from Borneo and Juliet. "Aye," said he, "that is the reading, I know, for I have the play by heart, but I think I have improved upon it.
Page 19 - I am ready and willing," he replied, " to play ' Romeo ' to a Bath audience, if the manager will get up the play and give me a good 'Juliet'; my costume is superb and adorned with diamonds, but I have not the advantage of knowing the manager, Dimonds." Pleased by the stranger's ready wit, Mr. Gordon scribbled a note of introduction to Dimonds there and then. So soon as he had " discussed a brace of muffins and so many eggs...
Page 53 - In regard to the innumerable attacks that have been made upon my lineaments and person in the public prints, I have only to observe, that as I was fashioned by the Creator, independent of my will, I cannot be responsible for that result which I could not control.
Page 35 - Give hint she loves a little — you know what. Ye Bucks above who range like gods at large, Nay pray don't grin, but listen to your charge. You who design to change this scene of raillery, And out-talk players in the upper gallery : Oh there's a youth, and one o'th' sprightly sort, I don't mean you — damme, you've no features for't.
Page 173 - ... with the careless gracefulness of the modern school ; he seems to do everything by chance, but it is such a chance as study could not improve. In short, whenever he trifles, it is with elegance, and whenever occasion calls for energy, he is warm, spirited, and animated.
Page 75 - The principal front is 2b"0 feet in length ; the entrance is in the centre, beneath a grand portico of six Corinthian columns ; having a flight of steps on each side, and in the tympanum, the arms of the Tylney family, finely sculptured. The garden front has a pediment, enriched with a bas-relief, and supported by six three-quarter columns. The whole building is cased with Portland stone: its depth is between seventy and eighty feet. It consists of two stories ; the uppermost...
Page 103 - Tis held you are too lavish. When you are met Among your set of fools, talk of your dress, Of dice, of whores, of horses and yourselves ; 'Tis safer, and becomes your understandings.
Page 19 - that is the reading, I know, for I have the play by heart, but I think I have improved upon it.' I bowed with submission, acknowledging I was not a profound critic. This led to a dissertation on the merits of this fine tragedy. When he informed me that he had frequently performed the part of 'Romeo' at Antigua, of which island he was a native, adding that he always travelled with the dress of that character amongst his other garments, I lamented that, with the extraordinary talents he seemed to possess,...
Page 163 - He desired to be left alone — ' There go, I cannot have witnesses. I shall cry, — And so — eh ! what ? The divine Billy was born here, eh ? The pride of all Nature has been in this room !* I must kneel. Leave me ! I don't like people to see me cry.
Page 163 - Shakspeare was born. Here he wrote his name on the walls, and in the book kept for that purpose, called himself " the illustrator of the poet ;" complained of the house ; said that it was not good enough for the divine bard to have been born in, and proposed to pull it down at his own expense, and build it up again, so as to appear more worthy of such a being ! He went to the church ; wrote his name on the monument ; and being inspired, — on the tablet, close to the pen in the right hand of the...

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