Miss Vanbrugh

Miss Vanbrugh

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...am inclined to doubt whether even all your powers of imagination will be able to afford you a conception of the perfect picture the whole resulted in, when the peacock's tail was fully spread. Her innate notions of dress were far from refined; but she availed herself of the advice of modistes and milliners, who as thoroughly understood their trade, as they did how to charge for their services; and in the multitude of these counsellors she made up for what was lacking in herself. It would be meagre praise to say of her intellectual powers, that they were good, for they were above the average. She was in fact clever, very clever generally, and far from wanting moreover in common sense, which however was oddly dashed at times with a childish petulance, so that many who had to do with her, regarded her as rather 'kittle-cattle, ' and swore that there were moments when she was 'off her head;' but during my brief superficial preliminary acquaintance with her, I had never remarked anything fitful in her demeanour. She was uniformly agreeable and even-tempered, insomuch as I saw of her. "As to her professional capabilities, there were characters in her repertoire, two or three of them, which she played after a manner to which you, with all your art of concealing art, could not hold a candle. Your impersonation all said and done, would still be art, hers was Nature's self. Some parts which have made your glory, she could not touch, or in the touching desecrated them. That of the wronged wife in Fazio was one of these. In much soul-possessing patience I played it with her, till my whole being revolted and sickened at her artificial maudlin attempts; and I vowed, with scant enough courtesy perhaps, in her very presence, that I would sooner...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236567250
  • 9781236567253