Living London; Being Echoes Re-Echoed

Living London; Being Echoes Re-Echoed

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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...were his insatiable vanity and his scandalous profligacy. It may be urged that for the unhistorical view of Richelieu presented in the drama, the dramatist and not Mr. Booth should be held responsible; but my contention is, that the American tragedian's kindly nature and sympathetic temperament lead him to insist too strongly on the lovable portion of the stage (not by any means the real) Richelieu's character, and to bring out in higher relief the Maecenas, the patron of merit, the beneficent matchmaker, the reconciler of lovers' quarrels, than he gives to the fraud, the meanness, the duplicity, and the bloodthirstiness of the unscrupulous intriguer who, at the age of twenty-two, forged documents to show that he was twenty-four, and, on the strength of a fictitious certificate, swindled Paul v. out of a bishopric, and afterwards had the impudence to ask tbe Pontiff for absolution for the lies which he had told. 'This young Bishop, ' quoth Pope Paul, 'is very clever, but he will one day prove to be a great rascal.' Now and again Mr. Booth rises to the fullest height of the bad majesty which undeniably formed part of Richelieu's character, and his invocation of the ' Curse of Rome' on the myrmidons of Louis xm. was really terrible. In his elocution there was surely no room for improvement. It is simply perfect in its distinctness, its balance, and its euphony. The softest whisper of this admirable scholar-like actor is as audible as his loudest utterance. His by-play and facial expression are wonderful illustrations of careful study of the idiosyncrasies of such an aged statesman as Mr. Booth conceives Richelieu to have been--merciless to his foes, but in his private life, bounteous, amiable, and ban enfant. It is absurd to speak of this..show more

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  • Paperback | 198 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 363g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236755413
  • 9781236755414