* 54 A FEW MEMORIES
others, all similarly armed with paper and pencil. When Bulwer had finished I immediately handed him my card with 'A great play!' written on it. So you see I was the first to pronounce judgment on 'Richelieu.'" Speaking of "A Blot in the 'Scutcheon," he asked if I thought it would succeed in America, as Lawrence Barrett was then negotiating for it I told him it ought to make an effective short play. " I disagree with you," he replied; " the theatre-going people of today want plenty of action and not so much talk." *
Browning was always charming, often amusing in conversation, but personally he never appealed to me as much as either Longfellow or Tennyson. Perhaps this was because I frequently saw the last two in their own homes, whereas my acquaintance with Browning was a society one, which least of all reveals the deep, earnest, or best side of any character.
Count Gleichen informed me, during the run of " Galatea," that the Princess of Wales had expressed a wish to have him do a bust of me, for which he requested sittings. I was delighted
* Dion Boucicault likewise said, " Whenever you see particularly fine poetry in dramatic work stab it with your pencil, or it will kill your play."