Life on the Stage: My Personal Experiences and Recollections

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McClure, Phillips & Company, 1901 - Actors - 399 pages
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Page 34 - Hang out our banners on the outward walls; The cry is still "They come": our castle's strength Will laugh a siege to scorn: here let them lie Till famine and the ague eat them up: Were they not forced with those that should be ours.
Page 179 - Heaven had made her such a man : she thanked me ; And bade me, if I had a friend that loved her, I should but teach him how to tell my story, And that would woo her. Upon this hint I spake ; She loved me for the dangers I had passed ; And I loved her that she did pity them. This only is the witchcraft I have used; Here comes the lady, let her witness it.
Page 35 - Fie, my lord, fie ! a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him? Doct. Do you mark that? Lady M. The thane of Fife had a wife; where is she now? What, will these hands ne'er be clean? No more o' that, my lord, no more o' that: you mar all with this starting.
Page 107 - Undoubtedly he conspired to kidnap the President— that would appeal to him ; but after that I truly believe he was a tool— certainly he was no leader. Those who led him knew his courage, his belief in Fate, his loyalty to his friends ; and, because they knew these things, he drew the lot, as it was meant he should from the first. Then, half mad, he accepted the part Fate cast him for— committed the monstrous crime, and paid the awful price. And since " God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders...
Page 325 - Cross to the Right," and you would have crossed because he told you to; but in Mr. Daly's day you had to have a reason for crossing the drawing-room, and so getting out of the two gentlemen's way — • and a reason could not be found. Here are a few of the many rejected ideas: There was no guest for me to cross to in welcoming pantomime; no piano on that side of the room for me to cross to and play on softly; ah, the fireplace! and the pretty warming of one foot? But no, it was summer-time, that...
Page 103 - has more of the old man's power in one performance than Edwin can show in a year. He has the fire, the dash, the touch of strangeness.
Page 105 - A man — he — lied though — said that Wilkes Booth — but he did lie — didn't he?" and in the same faint voice Mr. Ellsler answered slowly: "No — no! he did not lie — it's true!" Down fell our heads, and the waves of shame and sorrow seemed fairly to overwhelm us; and while our sobs filled the little room, Mr. Ellsler rose and laid two playbooks on the table. Then, while standing there, staring into space, I heard his far, faint voice saying: "So great — so good a man destroyed, and...
Page 97 - In his case only (so far as my personal knowledge goes) there was nothing derogatory to dignity or to manhood in being called beautiful, for he was that bud of splendid promise, blasted to the core before its full triumphant blooming — known to the world as a madman and an assassin — but to the profession as " that unhappy boy,
Page 104 - We had been horrified by the great crime at Washington. My room-mate and I had, from our small earnings, bought some black cotton at a tripled price, as all the black material in the city...
Page 98 - from Richmond, who stood shaking like a leaf and staring at his work. Then Booth, flinging the blood from his eyes with his left hand, said as genially as man could speak : " That's all right, old man ! never mind me — only come on hard, for God's sake, and save the fight ! " Which he resumed at once, and though he was perceptibly weakened, it required the sharp order of Mr. Ellsler, to " ring the first curtain bell," to force him to bring the fight to a close, a single blow shorter than usual....

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