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seventeenth century Shakespeare took tition very keenly; and for a time, so no active part ; he was by nature free marked was the popularity of the boys, their from the narrowness of partisanship, and prospects and those of the art of acting there are indications that he was were dark indeed. friendly terms with men of all shades of Shakespeare was at work on “Hamlet” literary opinion. In “Hamlet,” however, in this crisis in his own fortunes and those he distinctly takes sides with the adult of the theater, and stated his position in actors against the growing prominence of the controversy with entire clearness. In boys on the stage. The relation of boy answer to Hamlet's question why the choirs, and especially that of the Chapel tragedians travel when it was better Royal, to the theater in Shakespeare's both for reputation and profit that they time was pointed out in an earlier chapter. should stay in the city, Rosencrantz replies These choirs were, in an informal way, that their retirement into the provinces training-schools for the stage at a time has been caused by the “late innovation :" when all women's parts were taken by
Do they hold the same estimation they did boys, and there was, in consequence, con- when I was in the city? Are they so followed? stant need of their services. About the No, indeed, are they not. time of the appearance of “ Julius Cæsar”
How comes it [continues Hamlet]? do they there was a sharp rivalry between adult grow rusty?
Nay, their endeavour keeps in the wonted and boy actors, the public espousing pace; but there is, sir, an aery of children, warmly the performances of the boys. little eyases, that cry out on the top of the The development of this rivalry cannot question, and are most tyrannically clapped be traced, but in 1601 the theater-going rattle the common stages-so they call them,
for 't: these are now the fashion, and so bepublic had become partisans of the boys that many wearing rapiers are afraid of gooseand were deserting the theaters in which quills and dare scarce come thither. adults held the stage. This preference 'em? how are they escoted? Will they pursue
What, are they children? who maintains had become so pronounced that Shake- the quality no longer than they can sing? will speare's company was driven into the they not say afterwards, if they should grow provinces. In their travels the members themselves to common players—as it is most of the company appeared at Cambridge, like, if their means are no better-their writers and it was probably on this visit that the
do them wrong, to make them exclaim against
their own succession? new play of “Hamlet” was presented. Faith, there has been much to do on both The popularity of the boys not only jeop- sides; and the nation holds it no sin to tarre ardized the fortunes of the regular com- them to controversy; there was, for a while
, panies, but seriously impaired the quality and the player went to cuffs in the question. of the performances. When the Children Is 't possible? of the Chapel were able to secure for their O, there has been much throwing about of own use the new theater in Blackfriars,
Do the boys carry it away? which Burbage had recently built, the
Ay, that they do, my lord; Hercules and Globe company began to feel the compe- his load too.
FRANCIS BACON, LORD VERULAM
From a print by I. Houbraken, 1738. This conversation between Hamlet and gular sweetness and devotion which irradiRosencrantz is significant of the close ate her whole course. Coleridge thought touch with the realities of life which her Shakespeare's loveliest creation. The Shakespeare never lost for a moment, even portraiture of her character is touched when dealing with the greatest themes or throughout with exquisite delicacy and creating works of pure imagination. skill. Helena suffers, however, from the
To this period, in its final form at atmosphere of the play, which is distinctly least, belongs the play of “All's Well that repellent; it is difficult to resist the feel- . Ends Well,” to which Meres, in his “Pal- ing that, conceding all that the play deladio Tamia," probably refers when he in- mands in concentration of interest upon cludes among the plays ascribed to Shake- the single end to be achieved, Helena speare “ Love's Labour's Won." It was cheapens the love she finally wins by a probably sketched and perhaps fully sacrifice greater than love could ask or written at a much earlier date than its final could afford to receive. And when the revision. The plot is derived from a group sacrifice is made and the end secured, of stories in Boccaccio's “Decameron” the victory of love is purely external; which narrate the fortunes of lovers who there is no inward and deathless unity of surmount obstacles and gain the rewards passion between the lovers like that which of love only after great or persistent united Posthumus and Imogen in life and effort; a phase of experience which is Romeo and Juliet in death. beyond doubt the keynote of the play. The play must be interpreted broadly The story was translated by Paynter, and in the light of Shakespeare's entire work; appeared in English in “ The Palace of in this light it finds its place as the exPleasure" in 1566 or 1567. Shakespeare pression of a passing mood of deep and departed widely from the story in its almost cynical distrust; it is full of that earlier form by the greater prominence searching irony which from time to time given to the part of Heleną and the sin- finds utterance in the poet's work and
was inevitable in a mind of such range of poem “ The Statue and the Bust." It is vision. It is well to remember, also, that always a perilous experiment, because it in this play the poet, for the sake of involves so much intelligent co-operation throwing a single quality into the highest on the part of the reader. It is a triumph relief, secured entire concentration of of Shakespeare's art that Helena's purity attention by disregarding or ignoring not only survives the dangers to which other qualities and relations of equal inn- she exposes it, but takes on a kind of portance and authority. This was what saintly whiteness in the corruption in Browning did in his much-misunderstood which she plays her perilous part.
The house immediately adjoining New Place, Shak
are's later home
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Last week the third volume appeared of that In plot this novel may well claim freshness and new and monumental work, * À Dictionary of originality. A young Western girl is made the the Bible," edited by Drs. Hastings and Selbie. Despite some dry and unclear if not uncertain in one convenient volume the two volumes statements, we think that the clergyman who previously published separately. has no Bible Dictionary can probably find none which, on the whole, will be as good as
Frederic Lord Leighton, P.R.A.: His Life
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The. By John R. Mott. The Student Volunteer a dash of mischief to save it from monotony, Movement for Foreign Missions, New York, 412X744 and a good deal of good sense in dealing with
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Hidden Values. By Joseph the Writer. Steteign Missions," one of the most significant phe
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In the Desert. By George Ebers. TransFive Books of Song By Richard Watson
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The last of the novels of George Ebers to be This is a new edition, revised, of the single and insidious form of selfishness masking under
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us so admirable as in the author's earlier made from every point of view.
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