In time nearly every town of any size in England had its own cycle of plays, but only four of these have come down to us.
You have seen pantomimes and Peter Pan, perhaps; perhaps, too, a play of Shakespeare, - a comedy, it may be, which made you laugh, or even a tragedy which made you want to cry, or at least left you sad.
All the plays
of the cycle were commonly performed in a single day, beginning, at the first station, perhaps as early as five o'clock in the morning; but sometimes three days or even more were employed.
A prosperous, successful business man without great ambition, was Daylight's estimate of him--a man too easily satisfied with the small stakes of the game ever to launch out in big play
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."
I cannot tell whether it was because I found them like my ideals here, or whether my ideals acquired merit because of their likeness to the realities there; they appeared to be all of one degree of enchanting loveliness; but upon the whole I must have preferred them in the plays
, because it was so much easier to get on with them there; I was always much better dressed there; I was vastly handsomer; I was not bashful or afraid, and I had some defects of these advantages to contend with here.
The thought that I was not going to play
for myself quite unnerved me.
She sometimes liked to sit in the room of mornings when Madame Ratignolle played
Every afternoon, when school was over, the children came and played
with the Giant.
In the middle of a crashing waltz, d'Arnault suddenly began to play
softly, and, turning to one of the men who stood behind him, whispered, `Somebody dancing in there.' He jerked his bullet-head toward the dining-room.
As soon as the play
was over, the Director went to the kitchen, where a fine big lamb was slowly turning on the spit.
The violinist, within a yard of where Michael sat squatted on his haunches, played
the notes of "Home, Sweet Home" with loud slow exactitude and emphasis.