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about the young lady, and producing a case of pistols, said, that if
he was a gentleman, he would fight him in that drawing-room,
until the furniture was sprinkled with the blood of one, if not of
two--how boxes, pit, and gallery, joined in one most vigorous
cheer! When he called his mother names, because she wouldn’t
give up the young lady’s property, and she relenting, caused him
to relent likewise, and fall down on one knee and ask her blessing,
how the ladies in the audience sobbed! When he was hid behind
the curtain in the dark, and the wicked relation poked a sharp
sword in every direction, save where his legs were plainly visible,
what a thrill of anxious fear ran through the house! His air, his
figure, his walk, his look, everything he said or did, was the subject
of commendation. There was a round of applause every time he
spoke. And when, at last, in the pump-and-tub scene, Mrs
Grudden lighted the blue fire, and all the unemployed members of
the company came in, and tumbled down in various directions--
not because that had anything to do with the plot, but in order to
finish off with a tableau--the audience (who had by this time
increased considerably) gave vent to such a shout of enthusiasm as
had not been heard in those walls for many and many a day.

In short, the success both of new piece and new actor was
complete, and when Miss Snevellicci was called for at the end of
the play, Nicholas led her on, and divided the applause.

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