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rnals. I remember driving with him through e Park during the season. I was in my smart-t gown and bonnet We were in a victoria. He ild a Gamp-like umbrella, and opened it to keep e sunlight from his eyes. Years had turned its »tton blackness into a green-brown, and one of ; ribs had fallen in from the decay of age; but ; clung to it as he clings to his friends, whether sickness or health, riches or poverty.
To enact both Hermione and Perdita was, I It, a serious undertaking. I mentioned to Lord ennyson my fear that doubling the parts would >t be well received, especially by the critics. I member so well his reply: " Thank God," he id, " the time is past for the Quarterly or the tmes to make or mar a poem, play, or artist! sw original things are well received at first, sople must grow accustomed to what is out of e common before adopting it. Your idea, if trried out as you feel it, will, be well received merally—and before long." The bard's wisdom id decision, when asked for advice, were a great-Don to his friends.
"The Winter's Tale" had never been a very iccessful play. Sarah Siddons acted the part of