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acting. He mentioned to us a few months since, that he had material in his mind and memoranda, for extending this sketch into a work of 500 octavo pages. It is deeply to be regretted that he died without fulfilling his design. All that he did he gave us ; and we intend, when we can, to lay it before our readers in a translation.
In private life, the habits of Talma were altogether domestic. He was never so happy as when he had the day to himself, disencumbered of visitors, by whom he was sometimes sadly persecuted. We have heard him say, with a momentary impatience, when one after another gossipping idler has been announced, "Il y a des jours maudits"-"There are days with a curse set upon them." But he instantly gave way, mastered his impatience, and gave himself up freely whereon he could be useful. His easiness of disposition made some consider him as weak. But he was too well aware of the strength of his own character ta waste it upon ordinary occasions, and he never put it forth but when he could do so to some purpose. He saw too far to let trifles operate upon him as they do on ordinary minds; and would even sometimes allow persons to imagine they were controlling him, merely not to deny their vanity a gratification which he well knew could do him no harm. His pervading characteristic was a spirit of benevolence, and he did not care for his own indulgence when, by resigning it, he could give pleasure to others.
A disposition of this sort, however, is very apt to become its own victim. So it was with Talma and we fear through some of the ties he formed, he got to be less his own master than a more stirring and positive person would have been. When we first knew him, he had but recently formed the liason which was in existence when he died. It was but once interrupted, but by a strong appeal to his feelings presently renewed. In its early stages he still saw his wife, and was on very friendly terms with her. She lived in the same house, in a flat (as the Edinburgh folks would call it) under him, and he almost always took her opinion on matters of moment. After a lapse of years they ceased to meet, and other interests excluded her from his presence when he was dying. Madame Talma had celebrity on the stage when Talma himseff was scarcely known. She was highly celebrated in a French play written upon the subject, afterwards made a play of at Covent-garden, and called Richelieu; she performed a character similar to the Madame Dorival of that play; and the effect she produced was quite equal to some of the fine personations of Miss O'Neil. Her infidelity happened at a time when conjugal ties were laughed at in France, and Talma perhaps did not care much for an irregularity very national, and of which he himself is likely enough to have given the example. Madame Talma left the stage in 1811, having been received at the Theatre Français in 1786-a career of twenty-five years. In 1814. Talma always called his vice-wife by her own name; in 1826 he called her " 'my wife" and " Madame Talma," which shows the progress she must have made with him in the interim. It was said she was about to be a mother, not by him, when the connexion began. She had afterwards two children, both boys, who were acknowledged by Talma. He was very fond of them. There was some bustle in the beginning of this year at a school where they were, on account of the Archbishop of Paris refusing to bestow a prize they had earned at a public examination, because they were Talma's children. The third child to whom we have alluded, is a fine and lady-like girl, and was with her mother beneath the roof of Talma. The boys are exceedingly clever and genteel children. Talma has, besides, a daughter married, also the fruit of some unwedded love: she must now be near forty.
A knowledge of his disposition, of course, must have made him a subject of considerable family intrigue among those who were afraid of new intimacies interposing between him and them. He allowed the battles to go on quietly, heard every thing every body had to say, and pursued his own course, without quarrelling with any one for not thinking it the right one.
Of late years, his mind was entirely absorbed in a passion for building. He had a beautiful country seat near at Brunoi, about sixteen miles from Paris; and for some time this was his hobby. Every season he made some alteration in it; one wing would be removed, and while a new one was erecting, the one which remained would come down. We were once praising some part of his country house. "When did you see it?" "It is two years since." 'Oh, then, nothing remains of what you praise. It is never two years the same." Here he had extensive grounds, and suites of apartments for numerous visitors. He used to pass all the time he could spare from business here, and for many years only kept an apartment in Paris, whither he went twice, or sometimes oftener, a week, to perform.
Within the last five years he took a piece of ground at the back of the Rue St. Lazare, in La Rue de la Tour des Dames. Mademoiselle Mars, Mademoiselle Duchesnois, Horace Vernet, and some others, clubbed with him to make a very little town of their own there, which they called La Nouvelle Athénes. Nearly all the houses of the street are occupied by distinguished artists. They are generally built upon the models of their occupant. That of Talma was his passion. He had furnished and arranged it beautifully. His classical taste was to be seen in every part of it. He had fitted up a room splendidly, after antique models, and called it his Roman room. The bed in the chamber where we last saw him was draperied à l'antique. He was stretched ont in great pain, but pleasant and full of chat. He said his disease was inflammation of the stomach and bowels. The bulk of the conversation fell upon the idea of an English theatre in Paris. He was of opinion it never could succeed to an extent sufficient to pay that first-rate talent, without which it would not only fail, but encourage disrespectful notions of English dramatic genius. This unceremonious mode of reception he used with all his friends. Indeed, to dress or use any sort of etiquette perplexed him. He never was so happy as when undisturbed by strangers and in his dressing-gown. He would sit so, when he could, all day; but business often hurried him out about twelve, and he usually rose early. He never dined when he acted; but took something light at an early hour. After he had been playing, his dressing-room was the resort of the beaux esprits. We have seen ladies as well as gentlemen there, while he was disrobing, which he would do and talk the while, and was then always in his pleasantest moods. When told he had acted well, he would often say, and with perfect naïvette and no touch of vanity, "You think so?—Yes. You are right." We once introduced a party to his room after a remarkably fine performance of Sylla. A lady who had been unusually intent upon the acting, gazing at him and drawing in her breath, unconsciously exclamied, "Eh bien, Monsieur! Vous voilà donc abdiqué ! "So, Sir, you then have abdicated!" He said it was the highest compliment he could receive.
His income, though, we think we heard him say, about 5,000l. (country engagements included), was inadequate to support the numerous claims upon it. His building mania was a very impoverishing one; and we fear he did not die rich. When seized with his last illness, he was perplexed with pecuniary engagements, which he found it difficult to fulfil at the moment; and the consciousness could not have diminished a disease of that nature. When his wife attempted to see him on his death-bed, her anxiety may not have been reduced by a wish to set him easy on that score: her companion had bequeathed her his whole fortune. Madame Talma, however, not disconcerted in her plans by the denial of an interview (not, we are persuaded, on the part of Talma himself), immediately gave public notice of her resolution to provide for his children.
TALES OF TRAVELLERS.-Men not merely illiterate and unscientific, but apparently devoid of the use of reason, and the faculty of observation, have accidentally beheld in their rapid journeys some few of those animals called apes. They have mingled in their accounts the credulity of the natives of those countries where they are indigenous with their own fantasies and falsehoods. Thus we have descriptions of men with long tails, covered with yellowish hair, navigating the ocean in boats, and bartering parrots in exchange for iron. Others have discovered long-armed men, covered also with hair, traversing the country by night, robbing without discrimination, and speaking a hissing language peculiar to themselves and unintelligible to us. Bontius, a grave physician, gives us a laboured description of a female ape, and adorns the object of his admiration with all the modesty and virtue of the sex. these animals do not speak, it is only through discretion, and from a well-grounded fear of being forced to labour, should they be foolish enough to display the full extent of their capacity. Gassendi assures us that the ape called Barris is a miracle of judgment that when he is once drest, he walks upright ever after, and that he learns to play on the flute and guitar with the utmost facility. Maupertuis would prefer a few hours conversation with the men with tails to the intercourse of the most brilliant wits of Europe. Even Linnæus presents us with a homotroglodytes who shares with us in all the boasted privileges of humanity, and will one day wrest from our monopolizing hands the empire of the world.-Griffith's Translation of Cuvier's Animal Kingdom.
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