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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 50, September 22, 1852

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Identifier: DX01202128

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 50, September 22, 1852

Description: Comments on the acting in the play David Copperfield.


by Jove the Thunderer. How the devil could she [Charlotte Kidder] ‘scape being otherwise, with such a thing for a mother [Rebecca Kidder] — such a world of trashinesses, spites, conceits and vanities to gasp, not breathe in. Out ye villains! play out the play! / It [David Copperfield] was well played for the most part, and I can’t find higher praise for the “Uriah Heep” of the piece, than to say he made me believe in the character more than the book did. His make up was wonderful. The writhes & twistings seemed not forced and intruded, but natural impulses. This same excellent actor did I see play (the German) in the “White Horse of the Peppers” some time back at the Lyceum. “Ham” was well played, — so was that damnable creature “Rosa Dartle.” Micawber was caricatured of course, and as Lott said indignantly under her breath, “smutty.” She enjoyed it hugely, was even much affected by the more serious parts of the piece. The house was crowded.

Farce succeeding over we left & walked to Taylor’s had oysters & cobblers, & then I left her at her own door. I didn’t make love to her, [words crossed out] albeit I think I know her & like her better than the ones who have. But a pretty ass I should be to be building fool’s paradises just now! [words crossed out]

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-09-22

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Plays


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