The Virginia Comedians: Or, Old Days in the Old Dominion, Volumen1

D. Appleton, 1854

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Página 17 - ... and holding in his mailed hand the sword which had done bloody service in its time. The lady portraits, as an invariable rule, were decorated with sunset clouds of yellow lace — the bright locks were powdered, and many little black patches set off the dazzling fairness of the rounded chins. Lapdogs nestled on the satin laps ; and not one of the gay dames but seemed to be smiling, with her head bent sidewise fascinatingly on the courtly or warlike figures ranged with them in a long glittering...
Página 46 - But before the orchestra ravished the ears of every one, the manager came forward, in the costume of Bassanio, and made a low bow. Mr. Hallam was a fat little man, of fifty or fifty-five, with a rubicund and somewhat sensual face, and he expressed extraordinary delight at meeting so many of the "noble aristocracy of the great and noble colony of Virginia," assembled to witness his very humble representation. It would be the chief end and sole ambition of his life, he said, to please the gentry, who...
Página 45 - The demigods — so to speak — occupied a more eligible portion in the " pit," from which they could procure a highly excellent view of the actors' feet and ankles, just on a level with their noses ; to conciliate the demigods this superior advantage had been offered, and the price for them was further still reduced to five shillings. But " the gods," in truth, were the real favorites of the manager.
Página 1 - Come wealth or want, come good or ill, Let young and old accept their part, And bow before the Awful Will, And bear it with an honest heart, Who misses, or who wins the prize. Go, lose or conquer as you can ; But if you fail, or if you rise, Be each, pray God, a gentleman.
Página 17 - The dining-room was decorated with great elegance :— the carved oak wainscot extending above the mantelpiece in an unbroken expanse of fruits and flowers, hideous laughing faces, and long foamy surges to the cornice. The furniture was in the Louis Quatorze style, which the reader is familiar with, from its reproduction in our own day ; and the chairs were the same low-seated affairs, with high carved backs, which are now seen. There...
Página 54 - ... face." He sat down in the corner of the stage upon a wicker chair, and scanned Portia critically. Her costume was faultless. It consisted of a gown and underskirt of fawncolored silk, trimmed with silver, and a single band of gold encircled each wrist, clearly relieved against the white, finely rounded arm.
Página 19 - Her little infers ue busily at work upon a piece of embroidery winch represents or is to represent a white water dog upon an intensely emerald back-ground, and she addresses herself to this occupation with a business air which is irresistibly amusing, and no less pleasant to behold. There is about the child, in her movements, attitude, expression, every thing, a freshness and innocence which is only possessed by children. This is Miss Kate Effingham, whose parents died in her infancy, for which reason...
Página 26 - The lady returned this inclination by a graceful movement of her head. " Would you be kind enough to point out the road to the town of Williamsburg, sir ? " she said, in a calm and clear voice. ,
Página 148 - tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them.
Página 26 - the house in the distance yonder; then turn to the left, and you are in the highway to town." " Thanks, sir," the young girl said, with another calm inclination of her head, and she touched her horse with the whip. " But cannot I accompany you ? " asked Mr. Effingham, whose curiosity was greatly aroused, and found his eyes, he knew not why, riveted to the rare beauty of his companion's face ; " do you not need me as a guide ? " " Indeed, I think not, sir," she said, with the same calmness.