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Sayings and Doings at the Tremont House: In the Year 1832, Volume 2

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Pages: 278

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Publisher: Date:2/4/2010 - Nabu Press

By: Costard Sly

Excerpt from book: and tories under the table, for the present. Here comes Crump. Longcope. What! without Bartholomew Nicks? That is wonderful. Crump (seating himself.) How do, gents ? What's the news ? Parkenrath. Don't know. When are the Kembles coming? Crump. Can't tell, /saw them at New York. Waiter, hand me that fowl. Parkenrath. Well — what do you think of the fair, favored, far- famed, fascinating, Frances Ann ? Crump. A very — I saw her in Beatrice, — a very good actress. Excellent chicken ! try a bit, Mr Walsingham ? Longope. And her father — Charles Kemble ? Crump. Oh, he's a good looking fellow—but getting old. The veteran (they call him the veteran) Charles Kemble has been, perhaps, a pretty good actor — but for my part — Longcope. Has been ? Crump. Yes — that is, — I — a — a — some friends of mine were rather disappointed. But — I see the papers speak very highly of his Benedick, and some other character. Walsingham. Mercutio. Munden declared it was the most extraordinary performance he had witnessed during his long — very long acquaintance with the stage. " Talk, sir," — said he, " of acting ! That's the only perfect piece of acting I ever saw. I had seen Lewis, and Gentleman Smith, and Elliston, and Richard Jones, and a host of others, do the part, but by the living jingo ! sir, Charles distanced them all, hollow ! — hollow !" Longcope. Did you ever see his Archer ? Could you believe it possible that the gentleman could shine so through the livery? And then his Don John—and Falconbridge — and young Mirabel — young Mirabel! — Oh, in that he was zA-mirable! Parkenrath. My friend, Dr Walton (an Irishman, and a great admirer of Kean) told me that he saw Kemble do Hamlet, in Paris: and he was decidedly of opinion ...  


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