Punch Volume 125

Punch Volume 125

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...too realistic "ragging" scene, which, as being unessential to the plot, might, even now, be omitted. That certain plausible, superficially honest, and more or less sporting or comic individuals as are the members of the Champion family, represented by Miss Claire Romaine as the impulsive Polly, by J. H. Baknes as her really scoundrelly but genial and affectionate father, and by Mr. Robert Minster, as rather uppish Captain Jack Champion, V.C., should (the Captain excepted) "do evil that good may come of it," is a state of affairs that can never be popular with the patrons of the drama; and yet the gods, treating this as an exceptional case, take kindly to all the well-intentioned evil-doers, and cheer them heartily when recalled before the curtain, extending their charitable consideration to graceful Miss MARGARET Halstan as Marie Pitchioli, as being the victim of her unprincipled mamma, Baroness Pitchioli, in which last-named character Mrs. Beerbohm Tree (acting presumably under "melo-farcical" orders from the author) so breaks her English, without giving any Italian, as to render her speech rather less intelligible than if she had been representing a lady from Fiji speaking her own charming vernacular. "1 do not know your beautiful language, but I admire him," as Mr. Herbert, the celebrated artist, observed in an effort to interpret clearly to a French Academician his own particular meaning. Ami this in effect is what an artistically gratified, but considerably puzzle.1, audience say to Mrs. Tree in acknowledging her clever rendering of this " broken melody." As the uninteresting villain (of sorts), named the Earl of Satton, first cousin to the Marquis of Miteham, Mr. John Tresahar is far...show more

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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 531g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236984757
  • 9781236984753