Queens of the French Stage

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Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905 - 365 pages
 

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Page 299 - Clairon is so conscious and certain of what she can do, that she never, I believe, had the feelings of the instant come upon her unexpectedly : but I pronounce that the greatest strokes of genius have been unknown to the actor himself, till circumstances, and the warmth of the scene, has sprung the mine as it were, as much to his own surprise, as that of the audience.
Page 266 - Qu'on parle mal ou bien du fameux Cardinal, Ma prose ni mes vers n'en diront jamais rien : II m'a fait trop de bien pour en dire du mal, II m'a fait trop de mal pour en dire du bien.
Page 299 - Your dissection of her is as accurate as if you had opened her alive. She has everything that art and a good understanding with great natural spirit can give her. But then I fear (and I only tell you my fears, and open my soul to you) the heart has none of those instantaneous feelings, that...
Page 39 - Morbleu! faut-il que je vous aime! Ah! que si de vos mains je rattrape mon cœur, Je bénirai le ciel de ce rare bonheur! Je ne le cèle pas, je fais tout mon possible A rompre de ce cœur l'attachement terrible; Mais mes plus grands efforts n'ont rien fait jusqu'ici, Et c'est pour mes péchés que je vous aime ainsi.
Page 312 - Voltaire had made her declaim with a continual and monotonous lamentation, acquired, when spoken naturally, a beauty unknown to himself; for on seeing her play it on his theatre at Ferney, where she went to visit him, he exclaimed, bathed in tears and transported with admiration, " It is not I -who wrote that, 'tis she: she has created her part!
Page 164 - You say that you would like me to teach you the art of declamation of which you stand in need. You have forgotten that I do not declaim. The simplicity of my acting is my one poor merit; but this simplicity, which chance has turned to my advantage, appears to me indispensable to a man in your profession. The first requisite is intelligence, and that you have; the next, to allow beneficent nature to do her work. To speak with grace, nobility and simplicity, and to reserve all your energies for an...
Page 38 - J'ai beau voir ses défauts, et j'ai beau l'en blâmer, En dépit qu'on en ait, elle se fait aimer; Sa grâce est la plus forte, et sans doute ma flamme De ces vices du temps pourra purger son âme. PHILINTE Si vous faites cela, vous ne ferez pas peu.
Page 219 - Camargo * , que vous êtes brillante ! Mais que Salle, grands dieux, est ravissante! • Que vos pas sont légers, et que les siens sont doux ! Elle est inimitable , et vous êtes nouvelle : Les Nymphes sautent comme vous, Et les Grâces dansent comme elle.
Page 299 - I pronounce that the greatest strokes of genius have been unknown to the actor himself, till circumstances, and the warmth of the scene, has sprung the mine as it were, as much to his own surprise, as that of the audience. Thus I make a great difference between a great genius and a good actor. The first will always...
Page 52 - I have therefore determined to live with her as if she were not my wife ; but if you knew what I suffer, you would pity me. My passion has reached such a height, that it actually takes her part against myself...

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