SCENE vi PART FIRST
SPIRIT OF THE YEARS
Husk levities. Events press: turn to westward. A nebulous curtain draws slowly across.
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 ?
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.)
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.
Churchill well carves him in his " Characters " : " His eyes, in gloomy socket taught to roll, Proclaimed the sullen habit of his soul.