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CHARLOTTE CUSHMAN AS MEG MERRILIES 37
sion he won the day, and we started for Cincinnati.
The first character in which we saw Miss Cush-man was Meg Merrilies, in an indifferent dramatization of Sir Walter Scott's " Guy Mannering.1' When, in the moonlight of the scene, she dashed from her tent on to the stage, covered with the gray, shadowy garments of the gypsy sibyl, her appearance was ghost-like and startling in the extreme. In her mad rushes on and off the stage she was like a cyclone. During her prophecy—
"The dark shall be light And the wrong made right, And Bertram's right, and Bertram's might, Shall meet on Ellengowan's height"—
she stood like some great withered tree, her arms stretched out, her white locks flying, her eyes blazing under their shaggy brows. She was not like a creature of this world, but like some mad majestic wanderer from the spirit-land. When Dirk Hatterick's fatal bullet entered her body, and she came staggering down the stage, her terrible shriek,* so wild and piercing, so full of agony and
* An actor who played Dirk Hatterick with her told me that at this climax she struck her breast, which was like a coal of fire with the disease that was fast killing her, and that her cry was one of intense agony.