If we would picture to ourselves what these first English plays
were like, we must not think of a brilliantly lighted theater pranked out and fine with red and gold and white such as we know.
The list of plays
thus presented commonly included: The Fall of Lucifer; the Creation of the World and the Fall of Adam; Noah and the Flood; Abraham and Isaac and the promise of Christ's coming; a Procession of the Prophets, also foretelling Christ; the main events of the Gospel story, with some additions from Christian tradition; and the Day of Judgment.
The flutter on the Tonopah Stock Exchange lasted just ten days, during which time his smashing, wild-bull game played
ducks and drakes with the more stereotyped gamblers, and at the end of which time, having gambled Floridel into his fist, he let go for a net profit of half a million.
There were, in fact, so many things to be attended to, so many people to be pleased, so many best characters required, and, above all, such a need that the play
should be at once both tragedy and comedy, that there did seem as little chance of a decision as anything pursued by youth and zeal could hold out.
It is the same in the whole range of his plays
: they fill the scene, but if there is no scene they fill the soul.
it behoved me to learn the game itself; since, despite a thousand descriptions of roulette which I had read with ceaseless avidity, I knew nothing of its rules, and had never even seen it played
Madame Ratignolle could not, so it was she who gaily consented to play
for the others.
Then, aloud, she said doggedly: "See here, Miss Pollyanna, I ain't sayin' that I'll play
it very well, and I ain't sayin' that I know how, anyway; but I'll play
it with ye, after a fashion--I just will, I will!"
'No,' said he, 'I do not ask my life; only to let me play
upon my fiddle for the last time.' The miser cried out, 'Oh, no!
"Don't you know that I've forbidden you to play
that idiotic game?"
"My own garden is my own garden," said the Giant; "any one can understand that, and I will allow nobody to play
in it but myself." So he built a high wall all round it, and put up a notice-board.
Some of you gentlemen going to play
for me this evening?' It was the soft, amiable Negro voice, like those I remembered from early childhood, with the note of docile subservience in it.