This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1907. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... chapter xxv A Theatrical Entertainment How the rain poured! It fell in torrents beating flowers and greenery down to earth, making little rivulets which chased each other along the terrace and down the steps, cutting miniature channels along the sandy paths. Little birds sat huddled with ruffled feathers on the branches of evergreen trees, seeking in vain to avoid the shower bath which pursued them everywhere. The dogs dripping water from ears and tails, run from stable to shed throwing pitiful glances at me as I stand at the window, hoping to soften my heart so that I throw open the door to them; but thinking of my chintzes I harden it, and they pass on. Mona beside me barks at them offensively adding insult to injury. How damp and clammy everything feels, a thin coating of vapour dims my pictures and clouds the mirrors. I am just contemplating ordering a fire when Daphne bursts in. "Would you like to go to the theatre, Madam?" says she, "the performance will begin in ten minutes, there are a few seats still to be had, a stall is sixpence, the gallery, half a crown." "Well, I'll take a stall," I reply, "but I hope it's a respectable theatre, I have my doubts, as the stalls are so cheap." "Oh you can pay more if you are so piticular! I've no interjection!" Promising to call me when doors open she waltzed out of the room. There were notices stuck up along the way with a large hand drawn pointing ahead. "This way to the theatre." The box office was at the top of the house presided over by Vivien, I bought my ticket, and was taken to my seat in semi darkness in the garret. Rugs and shawls divided the apartment and draped the sides of a small proscenium. The curtain was down, upon a gilded board above I read the inscription "Daphne Theatre." The music began, it was ...
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