and took the part strongly. It gave me a new idea of Shylock, of the Jew's great intellectual strength and racial dignity as well as of his cunning and his greed. So well was this done that altho in the trial scene the house applauded the defeat of Shylock, yet to me the Jew seemed still retain his power and personal force altho overthrown by the power against him. "Down Jew and beg mercy of the Duke!" But he did not fawn or cringe in this crisis, and, standing erect, seemed not to notice the gibes of Gratiano: "Yea, a Daniel come to judgement" and such mockery. Miss Violet Vanbrugh made a fair Portia but not as strong as I
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expected. Launcelot Gobbo, represented by Norman Forbes, was most excellent and one forgets in the scene where he debates with Conscience and the Devil that he is an actor - which is the touchstone of a real actor! We had stalls - the best seats in the house - corresponding to front rows of the orchestra in an American theatre - beautifully upholstered seats - and great plenty of space for your legs between the rows. It was more like sitting in a luxurious drawing room. Of course there were beautifully gowned women diamond hair ornaments, diamond collars, good-looking men; and afterwards the contrast between these gowned women hovering next to the street wall under the awning