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an that be all-Well, father, and how do suppose might produce such an hal all at home ? how does brother Dick, and lucination as is here described. We brother Val?

never think the worse of Ben for it, Sir Sampson. Dick ! body o'me, Dick or feel it as a stain upon his character. has been dead these two years. I writ you But when an actor comes, and inword when you were at Leghorn. Ben. Mess, that's true; Marry, I had

stead of the delightful phantom-the forgot. Dick's dead, as you say well, creature dear to half-belief-which and how?-I have a many questions to ask Bannister exhibited - displays beyou.

fore our eyes a downright concretion Here is an instance of insensibility hearted Jack Tar--and nothing else

of a Wapping sailor-a jolly warmwhich in real life would be revolting, when instead of investing it with a or rather in real life could not have delicious confusedness of the head, co-existed with the warm-hearted temperament of the character. But and a veering indirected goodness of when you read it in the spirit with purpose--he gives to it a downright which such playful selections and daylight understanding, and a full specious combinations rather than consciousness of its actions ; thruststrict metaphrases of nature should ing forward the sensibilities of the be taken, or when you saw Bannister character with a pretence as if it play it, it neither did, nor does be judged by them alone-we feel

stood upon nothing else, and was to wound the moral sense at all. For the discord of the thing; the scene is what is Ben--the pleasant sailor disturbed; a real man has got in which Bannister gave us—but a piece of a satire-a creation of Congreve's among the dramatis persone, and fancy-a dreamy combination of all puts them out. We want the sailor the accidents of a sailor's character turned out. We feel that his true his contempt of money-his credulity place is not behind the curtain, but in to women — with that necessary es

the first or second gallery. trangement from home which it is (To be resumed occasionally.) just within the verge of credibility to

Elia.

THE DRAMA.

Our article last month was not the Coronation of George the Fourth; extraordinarily long, but this will be or by The Erile, The Two Pages of shorter:—not that we are deficient, Frederick, and the Two Gentlemen of as we flatter ourselves, either in will, Verona at Covent Garden?- To come or ability to talk; but that there is to the point: the managers must by little to talk about,—and that little this time have found out that costly (the pantomime excepted) little plea- spectacles which do not draw, and sant. The mighty mother, having which, from the vast preparatory exdecided on another avatar, is greatly penses, they cannot afford to withgravelled by the superhuman efforts draw, return into the treasury fewer of the rival Bayeses for the honour net profits than sterling tragedies and of becoming her fleshy receptacle. comedies, carefully cast. Mr. EllisPiece after piece they throw out to ton has had very miserable audiences, be damned, with hisses, or with the and latterly his great masque worse doom, faint applause; and must have eaten its own head off; heroically persist in running them a- and though there was a fuller show gainst that most satisfactory proof of of heads, on the average, at the other public disapprobation,--empty bench- theatre, their receipts must have

Who shall decide on the ulti- been smaller in proportion; for this mate success of these belligerents ? reason, that, to the best of our inforAt which house are we most sopo- mation, the amount of salaries paid rific? Whether is the immutable or- from the treasury of Mr. Harris is der of mundane things, mutability, in relation to that of the great lessee better oppugned at Drury, by Ge- as four to one. We are, indeed, raldi Duval, Monsieur Tonson, and afraid that Mr. Harris's wish to treat the public with liberality is carried every one is not amused with the to an excess hurtful to his own in- damnatory sound arising from a con terests. His company, like a com- flict between expellent breath and pany of the Guards, is assured with repellent teeth ; and Eliston, who double numbers; he can present a knows this as well as any body, in front on every side; while that of E. his despair, laid violent hands on the resembles a skeleton battalion of a new Scotch Novel, and, assisted by condemned West India Regiment. Mr. T. Cooke, and Mr. Moncrief, or The simile will also hold with regard Mr. Somebody, actually strained forth to their arrangements of novelties. a premature bantling, which seemed At Covent Garden, they form four to interest nobody. Still we must indeep; if one drops, another is push-flict somewhat concerning it on our ed forwards with promptitude to the poor readers. murderous fire. The Venison Pasty Jan. 15.-Bowed together by the is damned ! Let it go! The Two Gal- rushing force of the chill north wind, lant Pages will make the pass good; wethreaded rapidly the yelling groups and if they too fall, we have another, under Covent Garden Piazza, pressand another, and another. The Rus- ing onwards to the warmth of a full sian troops in the Exile slacken fire: house, on the first night of The Pin Try we the day then with our hot Italians, rate; but, as we obliqued from the Our Veronese, cat-footed, to climb towers angle of Bow Street, to the angle of Where damsels be, though perpendicular Bridges Street, our hopes were blankstraight,

es.

ed. Before the swinging valves of And with the steamy breath of swathing Drury stood no carriages, but those clouds

with the Arabian numerals."

“Are you Most dizzying slippery.

full?” said we, “ Middling! very Now how is it on the other side of fair, Sir!” (Gentlemen! we mean.) the Euxine? The English beef-eaters, We would try the dress circle, howworn with ninety nights' successive ever ; and there, by the aid of that watch and ward, were relieved by obliging box keeper, Mr. Stewart, an ill officered levy of Irish Gallo- (whom we thus immortalize) we got glasses, who, thrown speedily into à seat, second row, third from the confusion, were, after a feeble resiste stage. Soon we wished for the great ance (to use a phrase of Soult's) an- coats unheedfully delivered into Mr. nihilated--and the overweening ge S's safe custody--for though the pit neral having no fresh troops in re- was full, and rolled below us like a sérve, was forced to protect his re- black lake, the boxes, in general, treat with his jaded yeomen: that is were merely dotted about here and to say, Giovanni in Ireland received there, with extremely plain-faced its well deserved quietus; and though people, pale, disconsolate, having 10 Mr. Elliston has had experience of voice but wheezes, snuffles, and the public for thirty years, “ man coughs. We are believers in ugly and boy,” he had nothing in rehearsal nights, and handsome nights; and against accidents ; so that after a nearly always contrive to go on the very formal red-lettered interment of former-which is pleasant ! his “ King and no King," the royal Reader, we take leave to set it Vampire was dragged from the tomb down that you have eaten (a more of all the Capulets, or wherever it genteel word than devoured) the nowas, to amuse the little Christmas vel. You shall not therefore be bored people, (who had, doubtless, had a to chew the cud of it with Messrs. glimpse of it before) in lieu of that Foote, Penley, and Mrs. W. West, mysterious entertainment, chartered as we were. We will speak briefly, to them by custom, viz. a panto- and only let you know that the Pirate mime. The consequences of this limped very much, notwithstanding grand failure were felt sensibly in the the excision of his worst corns, Mr. treasuries of both houses :-new ven- Trips Yellowley, and his sister Bän tilators were required by Covent āby. We should have been for castGarden, and more fires at Drury. ing off the poet Halcro, with his Loss of money was not all;-miscar. " long yarns," instead of aiding his tiages at such a critical season create proper dullness with some ingredients la want of confidence in play-goers from “ the clod compeller;" and putting the active little old man (as little with sweet words on Cooper; the Unknown denominates him) into who really personated the corsair the gaolership of that stout, able- hero with much ease, animation, and bodied actor, Mr. Gattie; whose feeling of the original character. The harsh treatment so muddled his over-acted bluntness, the disagreebrains, and lowered his poetic fire, able airs of a bullying, patronizing that at the whale hunt (of which we gratitude towards young Mertoun, merely hear) he not only engaged the in their first colloquy, were correctly stranded mass with a hay-fork, but exhibited ; nor can less be said of deserted his friend Mordaunt, in the the natural haughtiness, civilized into most cowardly way; and for the dignity, which, merely laid down whole long eve was absolutely unable while he heaves the lead, is resuined, to chaunt one stave in praise of the together with his splendid attire, on lass of Northmaven-poor Bet, (" I coming into safe anchorage. If we call her Mary! though Betsy does said that Mr. - whoever he well for an English song,') of poor was, the presenter or disfigurer of the Bet Stimbister; let alone hís jolly Udaller, knew nothing at all

about the matter, our sentence would Headlong forward, foot, and horsemen, Charge and fight, and die like Norsemen.

comprise two good things, brevity

and truth; and why should we not inWe augured no good, when we clude in our memorables Mr. Penley, saw he had on a heavy full-bottomed (Mordaunt Mertoun) when his mewig! his knees tottered too, poor rits may be summed with so simple man! “ and a plentiful lack of wit a combination of letters as ditto. The doth ever comrade your weak hams.” sentimental Buccaneer, Frederic Alta, For this, however, Mr. G., though an mont, alias Jack Bunce, was allotted to indifferently bad performer, is not the fidgetty-active, gasping-jawed, entirely accountable; we must look oddly-trotting, smile-creating Harley, to the blundering carpenter, who the sal volatile of Drury; who very knocked so clumsily together the ably proved that Mr. Elliston is not good boards. In the whole job, there always out in his managerial distriis neither selection, nor common stage bution of MSS. studienda. His cos knowledge of effect. Even Mr. Far- tume was very discreetly in unison ley, who so mauled Undine, would with his amalgamation of nautical have turned out a better thing. The duties, and histrionic hankerings ;bare scaffolding, the simple plot, was and we admired equally his white hardly to be missed ; but the inci- petticoat, black steenkirk, red stockdents which carry it on seem to have ings, and verditer blue breeches. been dipped for in the dark. A man But who, save Sir Walter himself, dragged out of green canvas is a with antiquarian gusto, shall blazon very stale trick to play-frequenters thy glorious array, Old Goffe? Who not so is a whale fishing, yet one is shall pour thy ambitiously dressed rejected and the other retained. The form on the field-dulled fancy of our half-fearful, half-impudent evasions Westmoreland perusers ?-How, exof the jagger to Cleveland's demands cept by coloured plate, can the full for the restitution of his doubloons effect of thy tasteful assortment be and pocket book, combined with the come tangible enough for vision? The drubbing he suffers from that irri- brown bob-wig !--the laced satin tated worthy, might have been work- vest, full-flapped, of heavenly blue ! ed up very efficaciously for Munden; the brass-buckled baldric of honest and, as the grand excuse for the Pi- black harness leather, stuck full of rate's re-connexion with his ruffians brass pistols (till it looks like a banhangs on that incident, its insertion dileer! the gold-fringed, thickis more necessary in the Drama plaited seaman's petticoat! - the (where the son of Norna is comfort- cocked hat, gay with red ribbons, ably united to the daughter of Mag- and involuted like a sea-shell !--the nus) than in the romance, which ends red-heeled pumps !-the collarless, in the grave. But we should be silly spacious-cuffed coat, in hue like the to look for any thing like propriety bloody mulberry!-a coat, whose in a new serious drama (with mi- skirts alone would swallow full six sic,'') so let us sweeten our mouths a such coats as we degenerate wear ;-the point cravat!-the public-house have been passed, which privilege physiognomy!- the ineffable stand Mr. Pope from all petty hostility. of the legs !-and the cloathing of: That unequalled humourist, Munthose ship-adapted legs, of sky-blue den (whom we seldom see now, besilk grizzled horizontally with white causè Mr. Elliston considers him too heraldic palisades ! - What else? dainty to be supped on often) was what is omitted ?-Everything, him- put into Bryce Snaelsfoote; but self! – But if “ the Fortune's Fa- he did little ; for he had nothing to 'vourite" be not blown up at point do;-still he gave us his unctuous non-plus before we are off the stocks countenance.--Reader! did you ever you must go and see the old “mon- see him in the Deaf Lover? or is that key-sucker," with his one-eyed boat- luxury yet in unenjoyed perspective? swain, and his men, carousing in the if so, take our envy! cabin; singing manfully the best The ladies ask a word or two. song in the piece, or the tale

-Minna, the lofty-visioned, “ call Thus said the Rover,

her fair not pale," was 'thrust on To his gallant crew,

Vestris with the roving eye, who Up with the black flag,

used a whole sixpenny paper of carDown with the blue !

mine on her pretty face, tried to look Fire on the maintop,

grave, and sang delightfully. Her Fire on the bow,

style was steady yet graceful, and Fire on the gun deck,

her intonation rich, full, airy, and Fire down below!

clean. Miss Cubitt, a favourite with When we call to mind this joyous us, was much applauded in her musichorus, we almost incline to set down cal portions: but spite of her very the Pirate as an amusing spectacle; beautiful sunny hair, and her odá but then Mr. Pope and Mrs. West saucy looks, she was not much nearer arise, and crush the humane feeling. to Brenda, than Lucy Giovanni to And here we will just note the dif- the Zetland Zuleika. We are quite at ferent treatment which these two fault respecting the faits et gestes." performers met with from the vulgar of sweet-voiced Mrs. Bland and Miss Looking audience. Mrs. West, who Povey; but their names are in the in the rapt enthusiast Norna was a bills. Adieu Mesdames et Mesdelittle more mannered, a little more moiselles au revoir. false, and a little more weak, than The scenery was very respectable, customary, seemed to join the powers but not correct; for example, though of Cecilia and Timotheus; drawing many of the excellent views of Kirk down applause from the gods, and wall and St. Magnus are to be found in raising rapturous shouts from the the last interesting volume of William satyrs of the pit." On the other Daniel's Coasting Tour, yet the street hand, Pope (Basil Mertoun) was scene before the cathedral in that laughed at, and hissed by a parcel of burgh was copied from an English half-price shop boys, to whom this town very familiar to us, though we long tried serrant of the public might cannot at this moment tell where, be grandfather. Is this all the but we should say in Herts. As to consideration and the kindness that the machinery, the less we speak of English youth show to an old fami- it the better: the engagement beliar face, falling somewhat into “the tween the Pirate's schooner and the sear and yellow leaf?” “ Fie on't, Halcyon (if that may be termed an O fie !"-When indeed novel imbe- engagement where the slap-banging cility is smuggled on the town at the is all on one side) was jocose, and commencement of a season (as in the the fizzling squib which blew up the recent case of a young soi-disant “Fortune's Favourite" excited much comedian at Covent Garden) to cheat laughter. When the drop fell, a conus of an able hand, it beseems the test arose which kept Mr. Cooper real theatrical amateur to let no for some five minutes in cap-in-hand means of warfare escape that may suspense. The contents evidently bring about the pristine integrity; had it, and he gave out “ The Pi. he must combat stratagem with stra- rate” for the next night amidst a tagem ; but surely in the space of chaos of Bravos ! Ya? Yes! No! forty years, acts of amnesty must No! Catcalls ! Hisses! Turn the

geese out, &c. &c. This was our no- kind a season or two ago, and were tion of the case ; but as a proof that nearly as much entertained at it as all people do not hear with the same if it had been Mother Goose in all her ears, the actor-emperor announced bloom and freshness. The disguises, in his manifestoes, that the new though touched by a silver wand, piece was received on its first appear- and ordered off by a little lady with ance by the unanimous applause of a gauze wings, positively declined brilliant and over flowing audience !making their departure—but stuck

At Covent Garden, nothing has to the and arms of the irritated been done as yet in the fine old pre- Harlequin, as though he had been eminent way; in the regular Drama. dressed in cobwebs. Columbine was Macready has played his Rob Roy a considerable time in taking the (which is a clever thing, but not at shutters down from her spangles and all like the genuine article); and Miss laces—and the Clown himself was Stephens has appeared as Polly in obliged to stamp at the negligent the sweet pretty refined abridgement trap-door, before it would condeof the Beggar's Opera, executed we scend to admit his charmed and hear by Mr. Bowdler the reformer of charming habiliments. The disaster Shakspeare. Our country friends of this commencement was the prowill be pleased to learn that those logue to a thousand failures. Half profligate wretches, Moll Brazen, the river Thames, with half a col. Mrs. Slammerkin and Co. are now lier, and three fourths of the patent omitted, in pursuance of remon- shot manufactory, was pushed on, strances from the modest and tender- and joined by half a parlour, and the conscienced ladies who nightly oc- moiety of a pianoforte ; at another cupy such retired and retiring stations change of scene, half a house glided as the slips, lobbies, and the pigeon- on by itself, and in vain yawned after holes. What a miserable self-betray- its partner, which kept struggling in ing disguise all this make-believe canvas convulsions at the side of the goodness is !

stage, unable to advance or retreat. When we, the dramatic whipper. The sky was laid on as the roof to a in, were a little boy, we always, in kitchen and the beams of the kitdestroying mince pies, reserved the chen were suspended over “ a view rich meat for the finish. Characters at sunrise," and were the only beams are best studied from things that permitted to illuminate the prospect. the superficial set down as super- Harlequin danced about in dejected ficial. The principle of selective epi- gaiety, and faded lustre—and Cocurism, which caused the above deli- lumbine followed, sighing, and shufcate separation of the two grand com- fling, like a lady who is following the ponents of the Christmas delicacy, is dance of a runagate husband. The become so diffused through our na- Clown and Pantaloon cuffed one anture, that, without any observable other with desperate pleasantryexercise of the judicial process, we

and there was no other humour that have hoarded up for our grand finale told. In vain Harlequin flogged a the following account of the panto- hard-hearted chest of drawers that mime by a friend " who hath words ought to have cracked-opened, and and wit at will.” Here, take it, and flapped into a wheelbarrow, or a allow that we leave you con la bocca temple, or some such animal; there dolce till the next month.

it stood, with its hateful brass handles, and eternal drawers, determined not to throw off its nature. Harlequin gave his wand an addi

tional flourish, and then in the silence Drury Lane has no pantomime of an expecting audience, banged the this Christmas, which we very sine stubborn furniture enough to have cerely regret, for we know no amuse- beat in the brains of a real chest:ment halt so rich as the first night of Northe hint was not taken- the such a piece at this house. The per- bureau did not move a muscle of its formers begin hopelessly—and no- mahogany countenance. At length thing turns out perfect. We remem- the jaded Harlequin seized it with her seeing a splendid failure of this one hand, chastised it with the other,

THE PANTOMIME.

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