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1884 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. THE AMERICAN TOUR, 1883-84. jR.
IRVING and Miss Terry arrived in New York on October 21, 1883. They
were welcomed in the bay by a large number of friends, and of
representatives of the Press who favoured their readers next day
with copious descriptions of the distinguished visitors. Nothing is
sacred to an American reporter; but Mr. Irving had early reason to
be gratified by the singular moderation of the scribes who kindly
took charge of his personal appearance. It was no common ordeal.
The actor must have felt that he was surveyed from his hat to his
boots by eyes which are not accustomed to allow the minutest detail
to escape them. He had been described often enough in England, but
English readers are con "777.fi PECULIAR DIMPLE." 109 tent with a
slight sketch of a remarkable exterior, whereas the American does
not feel that he knows a man till he has an accurate calculation of
the number of his buttons. But Mr. Irving came out of this trial
very successfully. Probably he did not mind the allusions to his
"careless" attire, or the statement that his hat was "purplish,"
and "slouched a trifle on the side." Nor was there anything
irritating in this: "Long grey hair, thrown carelessly back behind
the ears, clean-shaven features remarkable for their delicate
refinement, united with the suggestion of virile force, and a pair
of eye-glasses perched on the rather aquiline nose, combined to
remove any lingering doubt that it was Henry Irving, the greatest
living English actor." Perhaps he was a little troubled to learn
that "a glimmer of a smile intensified the peculiar dimple on the
lower lip;" for the eye which detected a dimple that had passed a
good many years in England without becoming famous might magnify
other and less pleasing peculiariti...
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