The Life of Charles James Mathews: Chiefly Autobiographical, with Selections from His Correspondence and Speeches, Volume 2

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Macmillan and Company, 1879 - Actors - 660 pages
 

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Page 295 - ... is ever new, active, and immediate. He has lived for them more than for himself; he has sacrificed surrounding enjoyments, and shut himself up from the delights of social life, that he might the more intimately commune with distant minds and distant ages. Well may the world cherish his renown; for it has been purchased, not by deeds of violence and blood, but by the diligent dispensation of pleasure.
Page 295 - I have always observed that the visitors to the abbey remained longest about them. A kinder and fonder feeling takes the place of that cold curiosity or vague admiration with which they gaze on the splendid monuments of the great and the heroic. They linger about these as about the tombs of friends and companions, for indeed mere is something of companionship between the author and the reader.
Page 54 - If the enemy had received the least intimation from spy or deserter, or even suspected the scheme ; had the embarkation been disordered in consequence of the darkness of the night, the rapidity of the river, or the shelving nature of the north shore, near which they were obliged to row; had one sentinel been alarmed, or the...
Page 76 - There was introduced for the first time in England that reform in all theatrical matters which has since been adopted in every theatre in the kingdom. Drawing-rooms were fitted up like drawing-rooms, and furnished with care and taste. Two chairs no longer indicated that two persons were to be seated, the two chairs being removed indicating that the two persons were not to be seated.
Page 295 - ... heroic. They linger about these as about the tombs of friends and companions; for indeed there is something of companionship between the author and the reader. Other men are known to posterity only through the medium of history, which is continually growing faint and obscure; but the intercourse between the author and his fellow men is ever new, active, and immediate.
Page 75 - The theatre for my debut as an actor was chosen without a moment's hesitation. I had no passion for what was called the " regular drama." I had no respect for traditional acting, and had no notion of taking a
Page 228 - Clatter' as much as a few years ago they would have enjoyed the roasting of a missionary or the baking of a baby? "It was certainly a page in one's life never to be forgotten.
Page 60 - ... district of Bow and Bethnal Green, and Mathews enlisted all the interest he could muster to obtain the post. To continue in his own words : " The emoluments arising from the appointment were not startling, and about .40 per annum compensated me for my agreeable labours — that is, would have done, had I received it ; but there was the difficulty. It consisted of fees, fees to be collected by myself in person, and a pretty time I had of it. At one house I knocked humbly, after considerable...
Page 60 - Lane," was something to have on one's card, and gave a spice of romance to the affair." We are not told, which is a pity, whether the Surveyor of Bow had any time to disport himself among the duchesses while this address was on his card. Immediately afterwards...
Page 76 - A claret-coloured coat, salmoncoloured trousers with a broad black stripe, a sky-blue neckcloth with large paste brooch, and a cut-steel eyeglass with a pink ribbon no longer marked the ' light comedy gentleman,' and the public at once recognised and appreciated the change.

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