The Playgoers' Year-Book, for 1888; Story of the Stage the Past Year with Especial Reference to Boston

The Playgoers' Year-Book, for 1888; Story of the Stage the Past Year with Especial Reference to Boston

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...Dr. Lanyon later on meets Hyde, though under peculiar circumstances, for the man of bad nature comes of his own accord to Lanyon's office in order to obtain the drug that lies in the package sent from Jekyll's house. With this drug he re-transforms himself back to his better character and thus discloses his secret. The final act is devoted to expression of the remorse of Jekyll, his dread at the destined involuntary change to Hyde and horror at the realization that the re-transforming drug, which could bring him back to his better self, is entirely gone. The change begins to come and at the instant after he has seen from his balcony Agnes passing below and called out to her in agony, the full metamorphosis is accomplished and the girl and her friends rush in only to find the hideous Hyde distorted in the agony of death. He has taken poison. The dramatizer has done his work concisely and excellently from a literary point of view, but with the great fault of not making the story entirely intelligible to one who had not read the book. Outside of Jekyll-Hyde he has not managed to create a decided interest in any character save in Agnes, and the other personages merely serve to connect the tale by their dialogue and to act as figures of which or to which Jekyll may converse; but for all that he has so drawn them that they do not hamper or detract from the story, but chime in harmoniously. As to the RICHARD MANSFIELD. nature of the piece, it is for the first two acts a melodrama, for the last two a supernatural drama. The horrible murder in the earlier part foreshadows what is to come in that line, and when at last the drop curtain has fallen one cannot restrain this thought: realistic, vividly realistic, powerful and impressive, but fearful in its...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236520033
  • 9781236520036