Monday, October 22, 2007

Understudy, Strikes Gold

[W. S. Gilbert to Henry A. Lytton]

39 Harrington Gardens,
South Kensington,
22nd, February, '87.

My Dear Sir,
Will you do me the favour to accept the accompanying walking-stick as a token of my appreciation of your excellent performance of the part of Robin Oakapple, undertaken as it was, at a very few hours' notice, and without any adequate rehearsal.
Faithfully yours,
W. S. Gilbert

-from The Secrets of a Savoyard by Henry A. Lytton (London: Jarrolds, n.d.) p.47.

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