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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 71, October 18-19, 1852

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Identifier: DX01208016

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 71, October 18-19, 1852

Description: Describes going to see Much Ado About Nothing performed at the Lyceum with Charley Brown.


from Boston — and she [Gunn's washerwoman] left. Then I quizzed him infernally; — [words crossed out] & we went off as agreed to the “Lyceum,” to see “Much Ado about Nothing” played. Great crowd & greater struggle to get in. Got our seats & saw the play, enjoying it immensely. It was well done though not perchance as I have seen it — But “comparisons are odorous”! The Price was exquisitely played, & so the noble old father Leonato. Benedick was very clever, but spake more than his part in one or two minor sentences, which is vile misusage of [William] Shakspere. He added the weak, insignificant word, “directly” to “I’ll go, get her picture!” Altogether it was no ordinary entertainment & I liked it much. Alfred Brown & a crony of his, Magnus, joined us after the play. To Shelleys on my proposal of oysters; liberal allowance of bivalves discussed, Falkirk ale, and a succession of tods followed. Talk, national, literary, political, of character, of oddity, of books, of Lans Nap the little, of filibustering, retrospective prospective, discursive and bibulous. Staying till the house closed, at about 1, then Charley, off with. . . .

19. Tuesday . . . .me to my room [290 Broadway], bidding good bye

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-10-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Food


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