Life of Mrs. Siddons Volume 1

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Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781290503402
  • Publisher: HardPress Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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CONTENTS. Observations on Mrs. Siddons's Estimate of Lady Macbeth's Character, and on that given by Mrs. Jameson, in her " Characteristics of Women." CHAPTER II. Those who have read Mrs. Jameson's admirable " Characteristics of Women," must have remarked the general similarity of her opinions respecting Lady Macbeth's character, to those delivered by Mrs. Siddons, in the foregoing critique. If there be any difference, it is that the former goes a shade farther than Mrs. Siddons, in her advocacy of Shakespeare's heroine. Whether Mrs. Jameson heard of Mrs. Siddons's ideas on the subject, which she might by possibility, as the great actress made no secret of them, I have never been in the leastanxious to ascertain, because it is plain, from her writings, that Mrs. Jameson has a mind too original, to require or to borrow suggestions from any one. But, in deprecating all suspicion of obligation on the one side, I have an equal right to exclude the possibility of its being suspected on the other. Mrs. Siddons shewed me these Remarks on the character of Lady Macbeth some nineteen years ago, so that there can be little doubt of their having been earlier written than those of the authoress of " The Characteristics." In a general view, I agree with both of the fair advocates of Lady Macbeth, that the language of preceding critics was rather unmeasured, when they described her as " thoroughly hateful, invariably savage,and purely demoniac. It is true, that the ungentlemanly epithet, fiend- like, is applied to her by Shakespeare himself, but then he puts it into the mouth of King Malcolm, who might naturally be incensed. m Lady Macbeth is not thoroughly hateful, for she is not a virago, not anadultress, not impelled by revenge. On the contrary, she expresses no...
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