Travels in England


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Travels in England

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  • ISBN-13: 9781498025287
  • Publisher: Literary Licensing LLC
  • Publication date: 3/30/2014
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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CHAPTER II TO STRATFORD-ON-AVON, TO SEE SARAH BERNHARDT Thunder and Oxford— Warwick and public spirit — Stratford Forget-me-nots — Romance incarnate — Stratford Love-sick — The Red Horse and Washington Irving. " r I "O travel hopefully is better than 1 to arrive." That depends. -- When one's journey is to Strat- ford-on-Avon to see Sarah Bernhardt play "Hamlet," I think the advantage is with arriving; particularly if there has seemed a conspiracy on the part of storm and tempest, to make one's travelling anything but hopeful. In my last chapter I made a reference to a newspaper seen at the inn, a reference I promised to explain. The explanation is simple. It was owing to a chance-seen announcement in that newspaper that there, amid the very Eng- lish natural history and antiquities of Selborne, my thoughts were suddenly summoned from nightjars and haymakers and cool chancels by the magic call of the most romantic name in all romantic France. Madame Sarah Bernhardt, the announcement ran, proposed to play " Hamlet" at the Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon, on the afternoon of Thursday, June 29, 1899. Here was a chance of a life-time. The Garrick Jubilee seemed to be a trivial occasion compared with this, — the incongruous attempt of an artificial unpoetic age to do urban homage to the wildest and sweetest of all romantic poets. And, again, when one thinks of the second-rate players to whom the picturesque little theatre by Avon-side is for the most part profanely given up : here, indeed, was the beautiful thing happening at last. For those who see only the superficial contrasts between nationalities, and miss the human correspondences, the occasionwas, I suppose, one of mere curiosity, contrast, incongruity indeed. However, I proposed to be present becau...
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