Record Number: 29539
'Whinfell, Upper Redlands Rd., 30. i. 32.
Alfred Rawlings in the Chair.
1. Minutes of last read and approved.
3. Howard Smith spoke to us of the social and literary sides of Sheridan's life.[...]
4. Reginald H. Robson followed with an account of Sheridan as Parliamentarian, telling us of his thirty-two years in opposition to reactionary government, his aversion from bribery in a corrupt age, and his conduct of the Hastings Impeachment. This last brought into remarkable combination Sheridan's dramatic and rhetorical gifts; so that we quite fell beneath the spell, accepting him as a heroic character, and were ready to condone, if not indeed even to acclaim, his less creditable convivialities with the Prince Regent and Mrs.[or Mr.] Robson's ancestors!
5. Francis E. Pollard then read a passage from Sheridan's speech on the devastation of Oudh.[...]
6. We then listend to extracts from "The School for Scandal" starring Mrs. Robson as Lady Teazle and C. E. Stansfield as Sir Peter. As is not unusual on such occasions the humours of the play as devised by the author had to compete with other unrehearsed attractions — actors borrowing books, adjusting their spectacles, turning two pages instead of one, and, perhaps best of all, the pure milk of the expurgated editions looking a little sour at the strong wine of the original text. Be that as it may, ancestral portraits from the brush of Vandyke or Lely, Kneller or Rawlings changed owners with the accustomed success: Mr. Robson* as Joseph Surface mad love to his own wife as Lady Teazle[...].
* R.H.R. states that Gio. B. was Jos. Surface [Footnote is in MS]'
30 Jan 1932Country:
specific address: Whinfell, Upper Redlands Road
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown
Reader / Listener / Reading Group:Reader:
FemaleDate of Birth:
Professional / academic / merchant / farmerOccupation:
Quaker or associated with the FriendsCountry of Origin:
n/aCountry of Experience:
EnglandListeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends
Members of the XII Book Club
Text Being Read:Author:
The School for ScandalGenre:
Drama, PoliticsForm of Text:
Print: BookPublication Details
Possibly an expurgated edition: see evidenceProvenance
Source Information:Record ID:
XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 3 (1931-1938)Location:
private collectionCall No:
Victor Alexander was secretary to the XII Book Club from 1931 to 1940. It is inferred from this that he was the author of this set of minutes.
Victor Alexander, XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 3 (1931-1938), private collection, 19-22, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=29539, accessed: 26 May 2013
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