Life Volume 8

Life Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...say it--nineteenth century tournures. Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, is the vehicle for Miss Ward's talents, and she makes of that lady a most striking character. It is no use denying that the play is almost ridiculously Machiavellian. You feel that Her Grace is dissembling all the time. If she says " Yes," you are convinced that she means "No," and if she folds her arms and exclaims "I must be gone, me lord," you know in your inner self that she intends to stay. There is too much of that kind of thing. It is useless. Still, Miss Ward's acting stands out conspicuously in this era of leggy burlesque and glaring spectacle. Her methods appeal to the intellect, and to the intellect only. The "straitened forehead " of the dude, and the gleaming article of the baldhead would be absolutely out of place atthe Star Theatre just now. Such a statement is, of course, designed to make every one, who goes after this, feel extremely comfortable and complacent, but I like to be sweeping. Mr. Grundy's work is excellent. The dialogues are witty and pointed; there are numerous epigrams, unlike the usual idiotic truisms; and there is one part at least, that of Viscount Bolingbroke, which affords an opportunity for the finest comedy acting. In " The Queen's Favorite " the ascendency of the Duchess of Marlborough over her adipose but kindly majesty, Queen Anne, is the theme of the play. The favorite is finally overthrown by the Viscount Bolingbroke. Queen Anne, played by Miss Gertrude Kellogg, is arranged to suit the public taste. Every one knows--if they don't they will please not betray their ignorance--that Queen Anne was 1 in reality monstrously and exorbitantly fat. The only pure historical facts that are...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236903773
  • 9781236903778