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Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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cd. 1 rehearsed before them, strutted, I'aiit-
ed, and received applause. They soon gave
out, that a new actor of eminence was to
appear, and immediately all the genteel
places were bespoken. Before I ascended
the stage, however, I concluded within my-
self, that, as 1 brought money to the house,
1 ought to have my share in the profits.
Gentlemen, said 1, addressing our Company,
1 don't pretend to direct you; far be it
from me to ti^eat you with so much ingra-
titude : you have published my name in the
bills witli the utmost good-nature; and as
affairs stand cannot act without me: so,
gentlemen, to showyou mygratitude, I expect
to be paid lor my acting as much as any
of you, otherwise ! declare off. I'll brand-
ish my snuffers, and clip candles as usual.
This was a veiy disagreeable proposal, but
they found that it was impossible to refuse
it; it was irresistible, it was adamant; they
consented, and I went on in King Bajazet;
iny frowning brows bound with a stocking
stuffed into a turban, while on my captive
arms I brandished a jack-chain.' Nature
seemed to have fitted me for the part; I
was tall, and had a loud voice; my very
entrance excited universal applau.se; I look-
ed round in the audience with a smile, and
made a most low and graceful bow, for
fhat is the iiile among us. As it was a
very passionate part, I invigorated my spi-
rits with three full glasses (the tankard is
ahnost out) of brandy. By Alia! It is al-
most inconceivable how I went through it;
Tamerlane was but a fool to me; though
he was sometimes loud enough too, yet I
was still louder than he: but then, besides,
1 had attitudes in abundance; in general I
kept my arms folded up thus, upon the pit
of my stomach; it is the way at Drury
Lane, and has always a fme effect. The
tankard would sink to tlie bottom before I
oould get through the whole of my merits:
in short, I came olf like a prodigy; and
such was my success, that I could ravish
the laurels even from a sirloin of beef.
The principal gentlemen and ladies of the
town came to me, after the play was over,
to compliment me upon my success; one
praised my voice, another my person: upon
my word, says the squire's' lady, he will
make one of the finest actors in Kurope;
I say it, and J think I am something of a
judge. — Praise in the beginning is agree-
able enough, and we receive it as a favour;
but when it comes in great quantities, we
regard it only as a debt, which nothing but
our merit could extort: instead of thanking
them, I internally applauded myself We
were desired to give our piece a second
time; we obeyed; and I was applauded even
more than before.
'At last we left the town, in order to be
at a horse-i ace at some distance from thence.
J .shall never think of Tenderden without
tears of gratitude and respect. The ladies
and gentlemen there, take my word for it,
are very good judges of plays and actors.
Come, let us drink their healths, if you
please, sir. We quitted the town, I say;
and there was a wide difference between
my coming in and going out; I entered the
town a candle-snuller, and I quitted it a
hero! — Such is the world; little to-day,
and great to-morrow. I could say a great
deal more upon that subject, something tru-
ly sublime, upon the ups and downs of for-
tune; but it would give us both the spleen,
and so 1 shall pass it over.
'The races were ended before we arrived
at the next town, which was no small dis-
appointment to our company; however we
were resolved to take all we could get. 1
played capital characters there too and
came off with my usual brilliancy. 1 sin-
cerely believe 1 should have been the first
actor of Kurope, had my growing merit
been properly cultivated; but there came
an unkindly frost, which nipped me in the
bud, and levelled me once more down to
the common standard of humanity. I play-
ed Sir Harry Wildair; all th^ countn'ladies
were charmed; if 1 but drew out my snuff-
box the whole house was in a roar of rap-
ture; when I exercised my cudgel, I thought
they would have fallen into convulsions.
'There was here a lady who had receiv-
ed an education of nine months in London;
and this gave her pretentions to taste,
which rendered her the indisputable mis-
tress of the ceremonies wherever she came.
She was informed of my merits; everybody
praised mo; yet she refused at first going
to see me perform; she could not conceive,
she said, any thing but stuff from a strol-
ler; talked something in praise of Garrick,
and amazed tlie ladies with her skill in
enunciations, tones, and cadences; she was at
last however prevailed upon to go; and it
was privately intimated to me what a judge
was to be present at my next exhibition;
however, no way intimidated, I came on in
Sir Harry, one hand stuck in my breeches,
and the other in my bosom, as usual at
Drury Lane; but instead of looking at me,
I perceived the whole audience had their
eyes turned upon the lady who had been
nine months in London; from her they ex-
pected the decision which was to secure the
general's truncheon in my hand, or sink me
down into a theatrical letter-carrier. I