But persons who think otherwise, and are of a lazy, or a benevolent, or a sarcastic mood, may perhaps like to step in for half an hour, and look at the performances
. There are scenes of all sorts; some dreadful combats, some grand and lofty horse-riding, some scenes of high life, and some of very middling indeed; some love-making for the sentimental, and some light comic business; the whole accompanied by appropriate scenery and brilliantly illuminated with the Author's own candles.
That gentleman was a sort of Barnum, the director of a troupe of mountebanks, jugglers, clowns, acrobats, equilibrists, and gymnasts, who, according to the placard, was giving his last performances before leaving the Empire of the Sun for the States of the Union.
It is useless to describe the astonishing performances of the acrobats and gymnasts.
The man behind her (annoyed, as I supposed, by the marked indifference which she showed to the performance
) tapped her impatiently on the shoulder, as if he thought that she was quite capable of falling asleep in her stall.
Before I leave you, I wish to state that there will be another performance
During this performance
, the hermit demeaned himself much like a first-rate critic of the present day at a new opera.
"Certainly not; besides, his performance
would not shine after that of Mr.
"`Box Five on the grand tier shall be placed at the disposal of the Opera ghost for every performance
George didn't know the tunes, either, which was also a drawback to his performances
. I said:
But of recent years my understanding of human nature has become such that I realize that no normal healthy human would tolerate such performances
did he or she know the terrible cruelty that lies behind them and makes them possible.
Philander and Gustavus, after having raised their reputation by their Performances
in the Theatrical Line at Edinburgh, removed to Covent Garden, where they still exhibit under the assumed names of LUVIS and QUICK.
Yes, novels; for I will not adopt that ungenerous and impolitic custom so common with novel-writers, of degrading by their contemptuous censure the very performances
, to the number of which they are themselves adding -- joining with their greatest enemies in bestowing the harshest epithets on such works, and scarcely ever permitting them to be read by their own heroine, who, if she accidentally take up a novel, is sure to turn over its insipid pages with disgust.
This thought hath been carried so far, and is become so general, that some words proper to the theatre, and which were at first metaphorically applied to the world, are now indiscriminately and literally spoken of both; thus stage and scene are by common use grown as familiar to us, when we speak of life in general, as when we confine ourselves to dramatic performances
: and when transactions behind the curtain are mentioned, St James's is more likely to occur to our thoughts than Drury-lane.
The most valuable feature of the lecture was the disclosure of the methods of the Hindu jugglers in their famous performances
, familiar in the mouths of travelers.
He has taken a masterly advantage of our helplessness; and has imposed terms on us, for performances
at Derby and Nottingham, with such a business-like disregard of all interests but his own that -- fond as I am of putting things down in black and white -- I really cannot prevail upon myself to record the bargain.