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1893 Excerpt: ...unless you happen to have a part on which the
success or failure of a piece depends. Such parts are happily rare.
My own feeling about myself is that I am intensely nervous. Before
going on for the first time, either on a first night or any night,
I cannot keep quiet. I am trembling in every limb; my heart beats
in double quick time; but, strange to say, the moment I am on these
feelings depart, and I am, very luckily for me, as cool as a
cucumber, unless the exigencies of the piece require me to be
otherwise. Of course, I am intensely excited about to-night's
production, and am longing for the time to hurry up and get it
over. I don't fear for the success of 'Haddon Hall' so far as the
educated and artistic classes are concerned, but there is always a
doubt as to how that peculiar and immensely powerful body whom we
designate the 'general public' are going to take it. Anyway, if the
piece has its due, it will go." MR. RUTLAND BARRINGTON IN HIS
DRESSING-ROOM. Miss Nita Cole, as she flies by, declares that "the
whole nervous system is at its highest tension. Hysteria seems
imminent in the most stolid, and you possess a great desire to
assist everyone in their parts, although, perhaps, incompetent to
play your own. You feel on good terms with mankind in general, and
the greater the success the greater the inclination to break down."
Mr. Green's sensations, however, are more serious than any of the
others: "For the week previous to the production I have not had a
Miss Brandram. good night's rest, waking at all hours, my first
thoughts being of the opera. Now, to-night I was so bad with
nervousness that I had the greatest difficulty in eating my dinner.
However, about six o'clock, I got over that feeling a great deal,
and when I had dressed ...
|Country of origin:
Jerome Klapka Jerome
||246 x 189 x 11mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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