Masques and Mummers

Charles Frederic Nirdlinger

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Masques and Mummers - Charles Frederic Nirdlinger

Excerpt from Masques and Mummers: Essays on the Theatre of Here and Now

Some time ago a cherished friend of mine departed this life, leaving behind him an exhausted bank account and a widow young and pretty and still ambitious. The lady did me the honor, shortly after her bereavement had taken on the conventional dash of lavender, to call on me, ostensibly to seek counsel in regard to her future livelihood, but really to inform me of her determined purpose in the matter: She was going on the stage.

"On the stage?" I wondered - "In what capacity?"

"Why, as an actress, of course!" she returned in surprise; "I'm going to be an actress."

"You've quite decided?" I persisted, incredulity getting the better of courtesy.

"Oh, yes; quite. I think it will be splendid."

"Doubtless - a most alluring occupation, that of the player. But there are others. Why not become a sculptor, or a painter, or a poet, or a novelist?"

"But I don't know anything about sculpture, or painting, or writing," the lady admitted with refreshing modesty.

"Then I presume, of course, that you do know something about acting."

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