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Full text of "The Dynasts : Parts First And Second"

SCENE vi                    PART FIRST
SPIRIT OF THE YEARS
Husk levities.    Events press: turn to westward. A nebulous curtain draws slowly across.
SCENE  VI
SHOCKERWICK HOUSE, NEAR BATH
The interior of the Picture Gallery.    Enter WILTSHIRE the owner, and PITT, who looks emaciated and walks feebly.
WILTSHIRE (pointing to a portrait)
Now here you have the lady we discussed: A fine example of his manner, sir ?
PITT
It is a fine example, sir, indeed,—
With that transparency amid the shades,
And those thin blue-green-greyish leafages
Behind the pillar in the background there,
Which seem the leaves themselves.—Ah, this is Quin.
(Moving to another picture.)
WILTSHIRE
Yes, Quin.    A man of varied parts, though rough And choleric at times.    Yet, at his best, As Falstaff, never matched, they say.    But I Had not the fate to see him in the flesh.
PITT
Churchill well carves him in his " Characters " :— " His eyes, in gloomy socket taught to roll, Proclaimed the sullen habit of his soul.