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A CONFUSED  PERFORMANCE                    123
entrances until the rehearsals. Mr. Barrett had directed "Caesar" and I the "Hunchback." It was now Mr. McCullough's "turn, for on such occasions a certain etiquette is always observed; but he was already suffering from the illness that eventually killed him, and refused. Consequently, during our one rehearsal we had no direction at all. Seeing the dire confusion that must follow such a state of affairs, and not having the faintest idea where to look for any of the characters in their entrances and exits, I turned to Miss Morris for help. She was quite as much in the dark as I, knowing nothing of what McCullough and Barrett usually did; but, having just returned from a tour with Salvini, she proposed that we should follow his directions. This was more confusing than ever; and in desperation we resolved to " trust to luck "—a dangerous thing to do before an audience of eight thousand persons. The result of that slip-shod rehearsal was nearly disastrous. Whenever Desdemona remarked that her lord was coming from one side, he invariably appeared in the opposite direction, thus giving the audience to understand that Desdemona had eyes in the back of her head. In one scene Miss Morris and I were together upon the stage. The cue