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Excerpt from Without Kith or Kin, Vol. 1 of 2 It was a melodramatic play, extravagant, impos sible, Often ridiculous, yet with a sort Of grim moral earnestness about it that redeemed its absurdity, and gave to it at moments a touch Of life-likeness and truth. Upon the audience it told with unquestionable effect. Rough men in their working clothes, women stealing a brief hour from household cares, boys and girls beginning life - they all listened to it with breath less interest, and cheered each moral sentiment, and hissed each base act of the lawless hero, and over the final repentance and reconciliation burst into a storm of applause that was not by any means unmingled with tears. The play was a satisfying play, - good, wholesome, moral, comfortable: a handsome piece de resistance such as Britons love. They swallowed it eagerly, approvingly, with excellent relish; then, with good consciences at rest through a sense of duty done, they filled their pipes afresh, and quaffed their ale, and prepared themselves to enjoy the yet untasted and lighter portion of the banquet. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.