This was a surprise even to the actors
, and when they saw the table, they looked at one another in rapturous amazement.
Kings may encore; that is quite another matter; it delights everybody to see that the King is pleased; and as to the actor
encored, his pride and gratification are simply boundless.
The effect of this disinclination, on the part of the public, towards the artificers of their pleasures, when they attempt to enlarge their means of amusing, may be seen in the censures usually passed by vulgar criticism upon actors
or artists who venture to change the character of their efforts, that, in so doing, they may enlarge the scale of their art.
He becomes an echo of some one else's music, an actor
of a part that has not been written for him.
Grotius himself had been a most distinguished actor
and sufferer in those important scenes of internal convulsion, and his work was first published very shortly after the departure of our forefathers from Leyden.
No doubt,' replied the actor
in question, 'you mean the "Isabella," the "Phyllis," and the "Alexandra.
And, during the nine subsequent years, I did nothing but roam from one place to another, desirous of being a spectator rather than an actor
in the plays exhibited on the theater of the world; and, as I made it my business in each matter to reflect particularly upon what might fairly be doubted and prove a source of error, I gradually rooted out from my mind all the errors which had hitherto crept into it.
I turned and walked towards the dead bodies, keeping my face towards the three kneeling Beast Men, very much as an actor
passing up the stage faces the audience.
This caused so rapid and complete a diversion from the attack that D'Artagnan's adversary, while the latter turned round to face this shower of blows, sheathed his sword with the same precision, and instead of an actor
, which he had nearly been, became a spectator of the fight--a part in which he acquitted himself with his usual impassiveness, muttering, nevertheless, "A plague upon these Gascons
Now, in spite of the mobility of his countenance, the command of which, like a finished actor
, he had carefully studied before the glass, it was by no means easy for him to assume an air of judicial severity.
Now, however, that you have convinced me by showing that you know all about our bed (which no human being has ever seen but you and I and a single maidservant, the daughter of Actor
, who was given me by my father on my marriage, and who keeps the doors of our room) hard of belief though I have been I can mistrust no longer.
The chief difference between the reality and the vision was that in his dream Hetty was continually coming before him in bodily presence--strangely mingling herself as an actor
in scenes with which she had nothing to do.