Wednesday, May 8, 2013


But then matinées always had this kind of effect upon Jackie.  That ineffectual assumption of darkness and electric-lit revelry at three hours after noon in a theatre surrounded by a swirling, heavy-labouring and over-lunched London, stole the last shreds of enchantment from her calling.  She could see the drama as a whole, and without emotion, at such times, and she was slightly appalled.

Patrick Hamilton: Twopence Coloured, 1928

Top: Sarah Bernhardt by Nadar.

Bottom: Sarah Bernhardt Asleep In Her Coffin, 1882

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