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Re: Hi all!! I'm a newcomer.

Date:Tuesday, June 8, 2004, 21:41
Philippe Caquant scripsit:

> Moliere did better in his time:
Here's a gesture-based version of the same story from Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1779 comedy _The Critic_. Lord Burleigh refers to an actor playing Lord Burleigh in the play-within-the play; Sneer is the critic; Puff is the proud author/director. "LORD BURLEIGH comes forward, shakes his head, and exit." Sneer. He is very perfect indeed! Now, pray what did he mean by that? Puff. You don't take [understand] it? Sneer. No, I don't, upon my soul. Puff. Why, by that shake of the head, he gave you to understand that even though they had more justice in their cause, and wisdom in their measures--yet, if there was not a greater spirit shown on the part of the people, the country would at last fall a sacrifice to the hostile ambition of the Spanish monarchy. Sneer. The devil! did he mean all that by shaking his head? Puff. Every word of it--if he shook his head as I taught him. -- But you, Wormtongue, you have done what you could for your true master. Some reward you have earned at least. Yet Saruman is apt to overlook his bargains. I should advise you to go quickly and remind him, lest he forget your faithful service. --Gandalf John Cowan <jcowan@...>