used to dine, to Tasso
's Oak, to the innumerable haunts dedicated to the poets of every age, who have left their impress on the Eternal City
Our mother always loved acting.
Her nearest approach to a professional appearance took place this winter.
was in Rome
, and had promised to read at an entertainment in aid of some charity.
She chose for her selection the scene from “Maria Stuart
” where the unhappy Queen
of Scots meets Elizabeth and after a fierce altercation triumphs over her. At the last moment the lady who was to impersonate Elizabeth fell ill. What was to be done?
Some one suggested, “Mrs. Howe
The “Reminiscences” tell how she was “pressed into the service,” and how the last rehearsal was held while the musical part of the entertainment was going on. “Madame Ristori
made me repeat my part several times, insisting that my manner was too reserved and would make hers appear extravagant.
I did my best to conform to her wishes, and the reading was duly applauded.”
Another performance was arranged in which Madame Ristori
gave the sleep-walking scene from “MacBETHeth
The question arose as to who should take the part of the attendant.
“Why not your sister?”
to Mrs. Terry
. “No one could do it better”
In the spring, the travellers made a short tour in southern Italy
. One memory of it is given in the following verses:--