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(without typos) from the publisher. 1834. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... CHAPTER III. Confusion-- Two Theatres--A Farce-- TheRobbersqf
Schiller -- Mrs Radcliffe's Romances -- The Confessor -- Learn
Italian--The Greenock Advertiser. I Have but a very confused
recollection of my lucubrations between 1796 and 1800. Events arc
jumbled together, and no one appears of sufficient prominency,
connected with my studies, to deserve commemoration. I only know
that at the time I was very industrious, for, what with business
and reading, and all those sort of employments to which headlong
youth is prone, I had very little leisure. I recollect, however,
that in this period there were no less than two theatres in the
town. One of them, at which were the best actors, was about seven
feet high in the ceiling. I patronised that house, and the
recollection of two incidents in the representations have never
ceased to amuse me. One of them was in the farce of High Life below
Stairs, when Davy is instructed how to manage the stable. The
manager, a clever person, played Davy, and when he is tutored to
let the hungry horses eat the manger, he said, aside, to the
beggarly account of empty benches, "By Jove, you'll soon eat the
manager." The other was in Macbeth, where the caldron should sink
into the ground. The stage being on the floor of a loft, the
three-legged pot, which enacted caldron, walked off in a most
mystical manner, being drawn by a string tied to one of the legs.
Just as it got to the side scene, something, however, tripped it
up, and caused it to discharge the whole ingredients of the spell,
"with eye of newt, and toe of frog," in a most improvisatorial
manner. Some time after these tragical tragedians, Moss, so famous
in London as Lingo, then an old man, came to Greenock with a
company. I became intimate with him, and being then reading of
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