It could make no difference in the play
, and as for Cottager himself, when he has got his wife's speeches, I would undertake him with all my heart.
The thought that I was not going to play
for myself quite unnerved me.
In those early days I had no philosophized preference for reality in literature, and I dare say if I had been asked, I should have said that the plays
of Shakespeare where reality is least felt were the most imaginative; that is the belief of the puerile critics still; but I suppose it was my instinctive liking for reality that made the great Histories so delightful to me, and that rendered "Macbeth" and "Hamlet" vital in their very ghosts and witches.
By the very nature of their huge deals and enterprises they had to play
which the monks made were called Mystery or Miracle plays
But unity both of material and of atmosphere suffers not only from the diversity among the separate plays
but also from the violent intrusion of the comedy and the farce which the coarse taste of the audience demanded.
That little band on the left, consisting of from fifteen to twenty boys, Tom amongst them, who are making for the goal under the School-house wall, are the School-house boys who are not to play
up, and have to stay in goal.
But Jos looking frightened, she continued, in her pretty French accent, "You do not play
Again, another reminded her of children at play
, and still another of nothing on earth but a demure lady stroking a cat.
In plainer terms, the consoling reflection which had just occurred to her assumed that the play
had by this time survived all its disasters, and entered on its long-deferred career of success.
As soon as he came into the yard he walked very softly, and the ladies-in-waiting were so busy counting the kisses and seeing fair play
that they never noticed the Emperor.
Then he called to the miser, and said, 'Tell us now, you vagabond, where you got that gold, or I shall play
on for your amusement only,'