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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 213, June 5-6, 1853

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Identifier: DX01283335

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 213, June 5-6, 1853

Description: Describes seeing Laura Keene play Rosalind in William Shakespeare's play, As You Like It.

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all caution. I’m not sure but that I’m an ass and fogy for proferring it. I know her [Charlotte Kidder] as she is, yet have a sympathy and interest in her painful almost. T’would be easy enow to invent palliation, say it has been forced on her &c, but I must pity her with my eyes open. I doubt not but that she has kept true to her husband, as far as actual criminality is concerned; but Pride and Self-Will have done it alone, — Devils barring out other Devils. Yet what sort of purity is that that has had a rabble of Popes, and Ward’s and Jack Hardenbrooks & small [Dan] Dods round it, talked to them, confided in ‘em — bah!

How horrible all this is, thought of in connection with Lotty’s face. But it’s a true chapter in Life, so let it be put down.

6. Monday. Drawing &c. Evening with [Alfred] Waud to Wallack’s, there to see “As You Like It.” Very pleasantly was sweet Rosalind played by Laura Keene, ‘twas all that might be wished, save in one part; — that she was not equal to. I mean the scene of Rosalind’s swooning and assuming it to be “counterfeit” — “counterfeit, I assure you!” The exquisite womanly tenderness, so struggled against, was not there. Nevertheless there was

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-06-05

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Plays
Actors
Diaries
Theater
Women

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