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HENRY  IRVING  AND  ELLEN  TERRY            133
simply arranged, and no shadow of " make-up " or artificiality about her, I thought her one of the most charming women I had ever seen on the boards. Her admirable acting was as free from the theatrical as her appearance. The Lyceum struck me as being a very gloomy house, not nearly so bright or attractive as Booth's, McVick-er's, The Boston, or many of our theatres; but when the curtain rose this sombreness proved a decided advantage to the stage pictures. The play was " The Lyons Mail," and I thought it well-nigh as perfect in its acting as in its every detail. Mr. Irving's performance of both characters left nothing to be wished for, and Miss Terry, by her artistic treatment, made the small part of Jeanette important. I was much touched during the play when she slipped into our box, and, in her delightfully informal way, gave me a warm welcome to the theatre in which I was so soon to act. In " Louis XL" Mr. Irving rose to splendid heights, his death scene being one of the most terrible and thrilling pieces of acting I have ever seen. Signor Salvini does Mr. Irving and English-speaking artists an injustice when he says that "from the time when passion assumes a deeper hue, and reason moderates impulses which are forcibly