"though she clapped when the curtain came down because he looked so handsome then we had Martin Harvey for breakfast dinner and supper I thought to myself afterwards it must be real love if a man gives up his life for her that way for nothing I suppose there are a few men like that left its hard to believe in it though unless it really happened to me the majority of them with not a particle of love in their natures to find two people like that nowadays full up of each other that would feel the same way as you do theyre usually a bit foolish in the head his father must have been a bit queer to go and poison himself after her still poor old man I suppose he felt lost shes always making love to my things too the few old rags I have wanting to put her hair up at 15 my powder too only ruin her skin on her she's time enough for that all her life after of course shes restless knowing she's pretty with her lips so red a pity they wont stay that way I was too" (U18.1053)

Martin Harvery, with his wife actress Miss N. de Silva, in 'A Cigarette Maker's Romance.'
"but theres no use going to the fair with the thing answering me like a fishwoman when I asked to go for a half a stone of potatoes" (U18.1067)
"the day we met Mrs Joe Gallaher at the trottingmatches and she pretended not to see us in her trap with Friery the solicitor we werent grand enough" (U18.1068)
"till I gave her 2 damn fine cracks across the ear for herself take that now for answering me like that and that for your impudence she had me that exasperated of course contradicting I was badtempered too because how was it there was a weed in the tea or I didnt sleep the night before cheese I ate was it and I told her over and over again not to leave knives crossed like that because she has nobody to command her as she said herself well if he doesnt correct her faith I will that was the last time she turned on the teartap I was just like that myself they darent order me about the place" (U18.1070)
"its his fault of course having the two of us slaving here instead of getting in a woman long ago am I ever going to have a proper servant again of course then shed see him coming Id have to let her know or shed revenge it arent they a nuisance" (U18.1078)
"that old Mrs Fleming you have to be walking round after her putting the things into her hands sneezing and farting into the pots well of course shes old she cant help it a good job I found that rotten old smelly dishcloth that got lost behind the dresser I knew there was something and opened the area window to let out the smell bringing in his friends to entertain them like the night he walked home with a dog if you please that might have been mad" (U18.1081)
"especially Simon Dedalus son his father such a criticiser with his glasses up with his tall hat on him at the cricket match" (U18.1088)

"and a great big hole in his sock one thing laughing at the other and his son that got all those prizes for whatever he won them in the intermediate imagine climbing over the railings if anybody saw him that knew us I wonder he didnt tear a big hole in his grand funeral trousers as if the one nature gave wasnt enough for anybody" (U18.1089)
"hawking him down into the dirty old kitchen now is he right in his head I ask pity it wasnt washing day" (U18.1094)
"my old pair of drawers might have been hanging up too on the line on exhibition for all hed ever care with the ironmould mark the stupid old bundle burned on them he might think was something else and she never even rendered down the fat I told her and now shes going such as she was on account of her paralysed husband getting worse theres always something wrong with them disease or they have to go under an operation or if its not that its drink and he beats her Ill have to hunt around again for someone every day I get up theres some new thing on sweet God sweet God well when Im stretched out dead in my grave I suppose Ill have some peace I want to get up a minute if Im let wait O Jesus wait yes that thing has come on me yes now wouldnt that afflict you of course all the poking and rooting and ploughing he had up in me now what am I to do" (U18.1095)
"Friday Saturday Sunday wouldnt that pester the soul out of a body unless he likes it some men do God knows theres always something wrong with us 5 days every 3 or 4 weeks usual monthly auction isnt it simply sickening" (U18.1107)
"that night it came on me like that the one and only time we were in a box that Michael Gunn gave him to see Mrs Kendal and her husband at the Gaiety something he did about insurance for him in Drimmies" (U18.1110)
Dame Madge Kendal DBE (1848 - 1935), born Margaret Shafto Robertson, was an English actress born in Great Grimsby, of a theatrical family, being the sister of T. W. Robertson, a dramatist and one of 22 children of William Robertson. Mrs. Kendal's first stage appearance was as Marie, "a child", in The Orphan of the Frozen Sea in 1854 in London. She soon showed such talent both as actress and singer that she secured numerous engagements, and in 1865 was playing Ophelia and Desdemona at the Haymarket Theatre in London. She was Mary Meredith in Our American Cousin with Sothern, and Pauline to his Claud Melnotte. But her most notable successes were at the Haymarket in Shakespearian revivals and the old English comedies.
Mrs. Kendal was married in 1869 to W. H. Grimston Kendal, and the two thereafter acted mostly together. In the early 1870s, the Kendals starred in a series of "fairy comedies" by W. S. Gilbert, and they appeared for a number of seasons at The Prince of Wales's Theatre. From 1879 to 1888, they managed St. James's Theatre (London) with great success, and presented a large number of Pinero plays, among many others.

Mrs. Kendall had a wide emotional spectrum: she could play Desdemona and Lady Macbeth as flawlessly as she performed in variety shows. Robertson usually outshone her husband on stage; William Kendal was an astute businessman who chose plays that would display his wife's talents. The Kendals brought new respectability to the Victorian theatre, which had fallen into disrepute among the middle classes. They imposed a high moral code both on stage and behind the scenes. They also managed the Court Theatre for a time. Mr. and Mrs. Kendal retired in 1908.
"I was fit to be tied though I wouldnt give in with that gentleman of fashion staring down at me with his glasses and him the other side of me talking about Spinoza and his soul thats dead I suppose millions of years ago I smiled the best I could all in a swamp leaning forward as if I was interested having to sit it out then to the last tag" (U18.1113)
"I wont forget that wife of Scarli in a hurry supposed to be a fast play about adultery that idiot in the gallery hissing the woman adulteress he shouted I suppose he went and had a woman in the next lane running round all the back ways after to make up for it I wish he had what I had then hed boo" (U18.1116)

The NY Times (April 6, 1897) writes that The Wife of Scarli is 'a somber domestic drama, in 3 acts, from the Italian of Giuseppe Giacosa by G.A. Greene.' Scali is a humble hard working advocate whose wife has an affair with his colleague Fabrizio. The reviewer finds that the play is simple, modern, and overall 'a faithful and graphic portrayal of domestic life'. However the last act, the reconciliation of the couple through the innocent mediation of their child, is 'mawkish, trite', and 'so preposterous that the jeers of the multitude are justified'. The play had Olga Nethersole in the title role.
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