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Text for Page 180 [10-08-1850]

              whole the conception of the character was defective. There was not the
exquisite under current of deep feeling, gentleness and fresh-heartedness ;
evident in her portrayal of the sweetest, dearest heroine Shakspere
hath created for us.        �Ah me! how full of briars is this working
day world!� was not given as a bursting forth of mingled sorrow and
womanly feeling.    And �By this hand-it would not harm a fly!�
almost verged on common-place.    Best was she in her playful
descriptions of time�s paces, and perhaps most in the sweet counter
feit � I assure you!�        She is a clever woman.         I
was pleased at seeing little Scharf of Sadlers Wells in Touchstone.
/        How vilely do the players counterfeit nature, neither walking,
looking nor speaking like men of God�s making aught else.
A villanous, overdrawn striving to make effect of every line and word
so that a servitors message cannot be delivered without buffonery or 
tragic grimace: a strongly marked line drawn of good and ill
characters; � such a one is a villain, therefore must he scowl
fold his arms, bellow and look melo-drame in every line � Why
Oliver is simply an avaricious, moody, tyrannical, self willed man,
yet was his splenetic curse �be better employed, and be naught a-
while!� given as though he invoked all unspeakable horrors in the 
head of Orlando.        But bah! let me not think of these fellows
but of the Most Divine play itself.
        It is to be bodily transported into the Golden Age.   To revel in the
richest, most genial and deepest thoughts of the Poets Mind.    To
listen to the most profound, sweetly solemn comments on all that
fills up the routine of mortals.    To be gladdened by the out pourings
of the quaintest wit; � to hold converse with Nature in her most
inviting mood.
		a perpetual feast of nectared sweets
	       Where no crude surface reigns � 
To think with, to love with Orlando, the noble, gentle-hearted &               
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