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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 166, March 11-12, 1853

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Identifier: DX01255136

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 166, March 11-12, 1853

Description: Comments on a production of Pauline.

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after supping with them [Charles Brown, Alfred Waud, and Joseph Brightly] at Sweenys, we walked through drenching rain to the Lyceum. Farce, then a melodrama ycleped “Pauline” by [Alexandre] Dumas, nonsense, intensely French nonsense, but amusing from its startling incidents, thunder storms, secret doors, pistollings & finally a duel across a table, in which the Satanic, Byronic, gambling, highway-robbing impossibility who’s the hero of the piece gets artistically and anatomically settled. Withal it was very well played. Laura Keene’s English face, voice and acting I like, much. This Lyceum is a capitally managed little place, your’e always amused — The Old piece of “The Ways of Windsor” after, [John] Brougham in’t. / Leaving at the close, we went to the Star at Lispenard Street, then ate Welsh Rarebits & drank ale, & reviled Brightly who would fain assume greater wisdom than the rest of us in not tolerating “Pauline! The play & players were pretty freely criticized, when anon I find that one of the latter is in the room. ‘Twas [Bill] Reynolds, who boarded at Mrs [Anna M.] Leave’s, during my sojourn there. A few words passed between us anent old acquaintances. Broke up at 12, & each they to their mutual boarding house, I to my cockloft [290 Broadway], through such a fall of rain as might have sufficed for a circle of Dante’s hell.

12. Saturday. Hither & thither. Drawing the greater

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1853-03-11

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Actors
Boardinghouses
19th century
Food
Diaries
Theater
French
Plays
Theaters

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