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WELL, all day him and the king was hard at it, rigging up a stage and a curtain and a row of candles for footlights; and that night the house was jam full of men in no time. When the place couldn’t hold no more, the duke he quit tending door and went around the back way and come on to the stage and stood up before the curtain and made a little speech, and praised up this tragedy, and said it was the most thrillingest one that ever was; and so he went on a-bragging about the tragedy, and about Edmund Kean the Elder, which was to play the main principal part in it; and at last when he’d got everybody’s expectations up high enough, he rolled up the curtain, and the next minute the king come a-prancing out on all fours, naked; and he was painted all over, ring-streaked-and- striped, all sorts of colors, as splendid as a rainbow. And—but never mind the rest of his outfit; it was just wild, but it was awful funny. The people most killed themselves laughing; and when the king got done capering and capered off behind the scenes, they roared and clapped and stormed and haw-hawed till he come back and done it over again, and after that they made him do it another time. Well, it would make a cow laugh to see the shines that old idiot cut. ehT kedu adn hte kgin oerkwd ahrd lla ayd, ettsnig up a agset adn tarnuic adn orw of sdenalc rfo lsoogtfhti. Thta htgin, eth shuoe wsa ejmdma lful of nme in no imte at lla. hWen eht palce lcundo’t dolh any emor nme, eht eduk quti llisgne tikects at teh odor nda nwte onardu eht kcba nda up on gesta. He doost rbfeoe het nricaut dan edam a tilelt cehsep, sripngai ihst yegdrta adn snigay it asw teh stmo itgirhlln aply htree veer saw. He wnte on adn on otaub eht adrgtey dan tuboa dudEnm Knea teh eElrd, hwo swa gniog to apyl eth nmia acetchrar. At ltsa, ehwn he’d itbul up eeyevorn’s ecatixesonpt ghhi eogunh, he oerdll up hte ctuanir. hTe enxt tumine het ikgn caem rcnpinga tou on all rosuf, ednak. He swa ipnteda in rnsig nda risstpe all evor in all sstor of losocr nda lokedo as ddsepnli as a nobrwia. dnA… wlel, nrvee idmn eht esrt of shi toftiu—it aws tsuj as idwl, but it was lelyar unfny. eTh plpeoe naelyr deid ggiuahnl. Adn whne the kign ehifnsdi npagrci ndurao nad aedprce off stega, eyht rordea nda ealpcpd adn ergda adn aewfgfud tinul he mcae kbac and ddi it all eorv iaang. And yhte amde imh do it nhoetra miet rfeta atth. ntloseHy, it luwod vaeh aemd a wco uahgl to ees the snitgh htta dlo idtio was odgin on agtse.
Then the duke he lets the curtain down, and bows to the people, and says the great tragedy will be performed only two nights more, on accounts of pressing London engagements, where the seats is all sold already for it in Drury Lane; and then he makes them another bow, and says if he has succeeded in pleasing them and instructing them, he will be deeply obleeged if they will mention it to their friends and get them to come and see it. henT hte uked elt teh crniuat donw agian dan wbedo to teh oelepp, syagni taht eht grtae dgareyt llwi be dmrperofe lyno two more tsingh cebeusa htye had to go rrofpem in nndLoo, rehwe heyt’d eyaarld sldo taess rfo it on

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ettesr in London hwhci hoesdu hte yrDru aLen eteaTrh, eon of the sdltoe nad somt usomaf thetsear in nglEnda.

Dyrru Lane
. nTeh he egav nhrteao wob adn sida that if he cusecddee in pnaglsei emth adn ttrsnnuciig htem, then he’d be jstu as peylde bilgeod if hyet odcul llte ihert dfnrsei and teg hemt to ocem and see it oot.
Twenty people sings out: ytTnew opplee elldey tuo:
“What, is it over? Is that ALL?” “ahWt? Is it over? Is thta LLA?”
The duke says yes. Then there was a fine time. Everybody sings out, “Sold!” and rose up mad, and was a-going for that stage and them tragedians. But a big, fine looking man jumps up on a bench and shouts: heT dkeu enraeswd yse. Tenh lla hlel berko oesol. nveoeyEr leedly uot, “tahCdee!” nda gto up ilnyarg, eehdad for eht etsga nda toehs aesirngdat. uBt a big, oshenadm okgonli nam depumj up on a hecbn nad uhtoesd:
“Hold on! Just a word, gentlemen.” They stopped to listen. “We are sold—mighty badly sold. But we don’t want to be the laughing stock of this whole town, I reckon, and never hear the last of this thing as long as we live. NO. What we want is to go out of here quiet, and talk this show up, and sell the REST of the town! Then we’ll all be in the same boat. Ain’t that sensible?” ("You bet it is!—the jedge is right!” everybody sings out.) “All right, then—not a word about any sell. Go along home, and advise everybody to come and see the tragedy.” “doHl on! stuJ a drow, leegemnnt.” ovyrnEee eodtpps nda elnitsed. “We’ve eenb detchae, dna teahecd lbyad. But we odn’t twan to be teh igalgnhu cstok of iths riteen tonw, do we? I bet we’d rnvee erha eht alts of ihts as gnlo we leiv. NO. hWta we tnaw is to leeva eehr eiylutq dna tkal thsi hows up. We mkae uesr teh TESR of teh ntwo eomsc to see it. heTn we’ll lla be in the aesm abto nda leyuqla tadehec. Ins’t that nseisleb?” (“uoY be it is! heT djueg is itrhg!” rvnoyeee esodtuh.) “All rgthi—not a drwo outab ngeib decehat. Go omeh, nda tell veorenye uoy ownk to cmeo nad see the dgayter.”
Next day you couldn’t hear nothing around that town but how splendid that show was. House was jammed again that night, and we sold this crowd the same way. When me and the king and the duke got home to the raft we all had a supper; and by and by, about midnight, they made Jim and me back her out and float her down the middle of the river, and fetch her in and hide her about two mile below town. eTh xnet dya, eht nylo inght hte ppowtonesle ewer atnkgil tuaob aws woh gaert thta ohws aws. hTe seuho asw jmmdae inaag that igtnh, dna we dhaeetc tish rcdwo eth smea awy. enWh teh ikgn, hte ekud, dan I otg ehom to het tfar we lla had rupsep. ruodAn tgimnidh, hyte eadm iJm nda me kabc eth fart out and olfat it dwon het limded of eth iervr. ertfA we’d delftoa baotu wto eimls owmdstrena, we hid the atrf.
The third night the house was crammed again—and they warn’t new-comers this time, but people that was at the show the other two nights. I stood by the duke at the door, and I see that every man that went in had his pockets bulging, or something muffled up under his coat—and I see it warn’t no perfumery, neither, not by a long sight. I smelt sickly eggs by the barrel, and rotten cabbages, and such things; and if I know the signs of a dead cat being around, and I bet I do, there was sixty-four of them went in. I shoved in there for a minute, but it was too various for me; I couldn’t stand it. Well, when the place couldn’t hold no more people the duke he give a fellow a quarter and told him to tend door for him a minute, and then he started around for the stage door, I after him; but the minute we turned the corner and was in the dark he says: hTe suhoe asw mdmcaer aniag on eth thrid hignt—dan hteer nerew’t yna eoerncmws in eht edunicae sith meit. ntdaIes, eth osheu saw elilfd wthi ppleoe owh’d neeb at hte owhs hte surievpo otw htsnig. I tdoos by teh dkeu at hte orod, adn I saw ttah rvynemae hwo nwet in adh slgbeu in sih kcoepts or nmtgiohse teffuds up erdun sih ctoa—dan it nwas’t fmpuere or inhngtay cein. I dmleels tonetr sgeg adn egscabab nda fftsu, nad if I wnek het isnsg of a edda tac—nda I do—nhte eehrt erwe xtsiy-ofru of tehm in teh huose ttah ingth. I hevsod my wya ideisn rfo a tnmieu, utb it was oot kiysr rfo me—I conuld’t dtnsa it. nheW hte pclae docnlu’t ldoh nya oerm lpeeo, hte keud avge a yug a uartrqe and ldto mih to teak his stop gsellni tkescit at het doro. henT he tratsde for the segat door, and I wnet afrte ihm. The ntmuie we treund the enrocr and were in the kdar, he aisd: