How like fathera curtain call!
Seldom can the unhappy be persuaded that the evil of the day is sufficient for it; and the ambitious will not be content with the present splendour, but paints yet more glorious triumphs, on the cloud curtain of the future.
Soit donc que vous composiez, soit donc que vous jouiez, ne pensez non plus au spectateur que s'il n'existait pas. Imaginez sur le bord du the a" tre, un grand mur qui vous se pare du parterre; jouez comme si la toile ne se levait pas. Whether you compose or act, think no more of the spectator than if he did not exist. Imagine at the edge of the stage a large wall which separates you from the orchestra; act as if the curtain never rose.
I am perfectly aware that the mosquito and sandfly have a purpose in this world, but why don't they attend to it? Their destiny is to keep down microscopic insectsbut their sphere of useiswhentheyareinthegrub state.Why don't they stick at that and not trouble innocent unoffending prospectors who can't carry a curtain?
I saw his play under bad conditions. The curtain was up.
When the final curtain comes down, it's time to get off the stage.
Lo! thy dread empire,Chaos! is restored; Light dies before thy uncreating word: Thy hand, great Anarch! lets the curtain fall; And universal darkness buries all.
One of the reasons that I quit going to thetheatre when I wasabouttwenty wasthat Iresented likehell filingoutof the theatre because some playwright was forever slamming down his silly curtain.
A good essay must have this permanent qualityabout it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out.
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