William Charles Macready

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K. Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1890 - Actors - 224 pages
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Page 96 - Action is transitory — a step, a blow, the motion of a muscle — this way or that — 'tis done, and in the after vacancy we wonder at ourselves like men betrayed : suffering is permanent, obscure and dark, and shares the nature of infinity.
Page 54 - I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this.
Page 130 - I will send a trusty messenger at half-past nine precisely, in the morning. He is sworn to secrecy. He durst not for his life betray us, or swells in ambuscade would have the waistcoat at the cost of his heart's blood. "Thine, "The Unwaistcoated One.
Page 93 - Went to the theatre ; was tetchy and unhappy, but pushed through the part in a sort of desperate way as well as I could. It is not easy to describe the state of pent-up feeling of anger, shame, and desperate passion that I endured. As I came off the stage, ending the third act of ' Richard,' in passing by Bunn's door I opened it, and unfortunately he was there.
Page 127 - It was a remarkable and precious waistcoat, wherein . certain broad stripes of blue or purple disported them- / selves as by a combination of extraordinary circumstances, too happy to occur again. I have seen it on your manly chest in private life. I saw it, sir, I think, the other day in the cold light of morning — with feelings easier to be imagined than described.
Page 99 - ... Russell Square, with the toasts to Macready the actor, to Ellen Tree the actress, to Talfourd the host and dramatist — whose birthday it happened to be — and as we have seen, to the youthful poet, Robert Browning. As the guests were dispersing, Macready turned to the young poet of twenty-four and said, " with an affectionate gesture, ' Will you not write me a tragedy, and save me from going to America...
Page 110 - Macready, in his opening manifesto, " has become an essential part of the amusements of a metropolitan audience.
Page 35 - He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, That dares not put it to the touch, To gain or lose it all.
Page 94 - As I came off the stage, ending the third act of " Richard," in passing by Bunn's door I opened it, and unfortunately he was there. I could not contain myself; I exclaimed " You damned scoundrel! How dare you use me in this manner...

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