150 A FEW MEMORIES
belong to the play. This had been written some time before by Mr. Gilbert, who introduced it into " Comedy and Tragedy " with great effect. The little whirlwind in one act took the audience by storm.
The following letter from Wilkie Collins tells how the play affected him:
"90 GLOUCESTER PLACE, PORTMAN SQUARE, W.
" DEAR Miss ANDERSON,—I resist the temptation to call to-day, because I dare not interfere with the hours of rest which must be especially precious to you, I am sure, after the strain laid on you by the exertions of last night. Let me try to express my gratitude and the gratitude of the ladies who were with me on a later afternoon. Only let me have (liberally) two lines. One line to say, I hope and trust, that you have had a good night, and are feeling better to-day; and one line to choose your own afternoon at four o'clock (or later, if it will be more convenient) for letting me call and make the attempt to tell you of the strong impression that your acting produced on me. I will only say now that the subtlety and delicacy, the perfect grace and feeling, of the Galatea did not in the least prepare me for the