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H4                            A FEW MEMORIES
leading part was that of a youth, I could not resist producing it. As a character, Ion was more beautiful to me than anything I had yet acted.
Unfortunately, Talfourd, in this his masterpiece, held his lamp too high for the many. Only the few appreciated the nobility of his work, and they found no praise too strong to express their delight in it. No role has ever given me more pleasure. And unconsciously I pushed poor Ion forward; but the managers, realizing that the masses did not care for him, snubbed him, to my great disappointment, and finally I was compelled to put him back upon the shelf, whereon he had lain for many years, before I had taken him down at the advice of my old friend, Thomas H. Hall.
The Countess, in Sheridan Knowles's play of " Love," was likewise added to my repertoire, but it also failed to please, though it had many strong situations and a charming comedy element. To my thinking it is a better, though unaccountably a less successful, play than " The Hunchback." There is a fine hawking scene in one of the acts, which would have been spoiled by a stuffed falcon, however beautifully hooded and gyved he might have been; for to speak such words as—