ioo A FEW MEMORIES
sents so womanly a type that most young women can hardly help sympathizing with her feminine inconsistencies. The language is undoubtedly bombastic at times; still the substance is good and the sentiment genuine.
From Lawrence Barrett, Edwin Booth, Joseph Jefferson, and Clara Morris I also learned much. Long practice of their art, constant observation, and years of study in the school of hard experience had made them the best of critics.
Up to that time I had allowed the daily newspaper criticisms to influence my night's work. An old actress advised me to give up reading press notices while acting, her theory being that any marked comment, whether in praise or blame, necessarily made one self-conscious of the point or points criticised, thus marring the spontaneity of the performance. Thereafter, articles containing useful suggestions made by capable critics, who clearly stated why the work was good or bad, were carefully put aside, and, when the season was over and study recommenced, often proved profitable. This habit of not reading press notices while acting was kept up till the end of my stage career.
The usual feeling of loneliness and apprehen-k, however, there was great help in store for