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SHAKESPEARE'S VERSION  SHOULD BE  FOLLOWED     171
to itself: like a well-dressed woman, whose clothes never catch the eye. Unfortunately, little by little, and almost unconsciously, I was led into a lavish production of " Romeo and Juliet," which caused me infinite trouble, and took up so much of my time that I had none left for restudying my own part. The Hon. Lewis Wingfield designed the costumes, and Mr. O'Connor painted several of the principal scenes. This artist, having lived in Verona and painted many of its chief beauties, was admirably fitted to undertake the work, and some of his sets were as beautiful as anything I have seen upon the stage. Before the rehearsals began I was asked, in good faith, whether the Irving, Garrick, or Shakespeare version of the play would be followed. This reminded me that years before I had the bad taste to present David Garrick's arrangement of the last act, in which he makes Juliet awaken immediately after Romeo has swallowed the fatal draught, and introduces a scene between them. Riper judgment, however, taught me that Shakespeare knew better when he made Romeo die before Juliet i~e-covered from the effects of the potion. The late Lord Lytton told me how he had sent his valet to see my performance of Juliet, and how the man