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Full text of "A few memories"

As Pauline in the " Lady of Lyons."
From the Portrait by G. H. Boughton, A. R. A., in the possession of William Black.er drawing. It had but one weak spot—a serious one—its denouement. As in the opera, the Jewess in this play met her death by being thrown into a boiling cauldron. Such an ending would, we feared, tempt the gallery god to make irreverent remarks about the " potted heroine." The author finally resolved on doing away with this means of execution, and arranged to use a kind of Iron Virgin of Nuremberg in which to crush poor Rachel. Unfortunately, the managers had made their programme for the season, and refused to produce this work. During my last year upon the stage—having resolved, for certain financial reasons, to act one season more before retiring permanently into a long-dreamed-of seclusion—I had meant to produce "The Foresters," which Lord Tennyson had put into my hands, " The Cup," and the above play by Lord Lytton.