I didn't say so to papa," said Norah, taking her mother's arm on the way back to the house, "but the bad result of the acting
, in my opinion, will be the familiarity it is sure to encourage between Magdalen and Francis Clare.
True, to see real acting, good hardened real acting; but I would hardly walk from this room to the next to look at the raw efforts of those who have not been bred to the trade: a set of gentlemen and ladies, who have all the disadvantages of education and decorum to struggle through.
Nobody is fonder of the exercise of talent in young people, or promotes it more, than my father, and for anything of the acting, spouting, reciting kind, I think he has always a decided taste.
My father wished us, as schoolboys, to speak well, but he would never wish his grown-up daughters to be acting plays.
If you are resolved on acting," replied the persevering Edmund, "I must hope it will be in a very small and quiet way; and I think a theatre ought not to be attempted.
No, as to acting myself," said Edmund, "that I absolutely protest against.
And Edmund, silenced, was obliged to acknowledge that the charm of acting might well carry fascination to the mind of genius; and with the ingenuity of love, to dwell more on the obliging, accommodating purport of the message than on anything else.
And so the priests and monks fell upon the plan of acting the Bible stories and the stories of the saints, so that the people might see and better understand.
Then, too, the players ceased to be monks and priests, and the acting was taken up by the people themselves.
The upper part was open all round, and upon this the acting took place.
But while the rehearsing and acting were going on the players received their food, and when it was all over they wound up with a great supper.
I strongly suspect that some well-known laws with respect to the plumage of male and female birds, in comparison with the plumage of the young, can be explained on the view of plumage having been chiefly modified by sexual selection, acting
when the birds have come to the breeding age or during the breeding season; the modifications thus produced being inherited at corresponding ages or seasons, either by the males alone, or by the males and females; but I have not space here to enter on this subject.