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What remained, however, was still good theatre; the boyish and noble actor, waving his little sword, with his colloquial i'th darke and his picturesque shaggy ruffians and dead circuits, all to be faced in defence of his sister, would to this day be snatched at by any producer anxious to brighten up' the dialogue at this point. But Milton, as is becoming apparent, did not desire, though he could provide, good theatre. He drops the whole passage. One concession to drama remained: an actor could still make something lively out of without all doubt or question - No!
I, ch. xiv, p. 131) It is a kind of pleasure which we feel sure that Jane Austen herself had often enjoyed. But whether it were that something in her own life now began to show her less of the spectator's joys and more of his pains, forcing her on from 'as if we were God's spies' to 'break my heart for I must hold my tongue', or that she is simply exploring a new literary vein, it certainly seems that Anne's unshared knowledge of the significance of things she hears and sees is nearly always in some degree painful.
384. Trin. a. Bridg. walks in black vapours, though the noontyde brand blaze in the summer solstice Trin. b. 1637. 1645. 1673. Benighted walks under the midday Sun; Himself is his own dungeon. Both readings appear to me excellent, but with different kinds of excellence. Neither, of course, is a close copy of the speech of real men; but the earlier, with its natural syntax, and its more highly-coloured pictorial quality - which could be made to seem as if it grew while the brother spoke - might well be thrown off by a good actor with an appearance of realism.