A COUPLE of years ago an eminent man named Patrick Braybrooke, member of the Royal Society of Literature and Fellow of the Philosophical Society, wrote a book about Mr. Noel Coward; and in that book that Braybrooke wrote there was a nest, a rare nest, a rattling nest, and in that nest there was an egg, and in that egg there was a boy, and in that boy there was an actor, and in that actor there was an author, and in that author there was a playwright, and in that playwright there was a composer, all in that egg that lay in the nest that lay in the book that Braybrooke wrote. Mr. James Agate has since added things on to this amazing evolution, telling us that in the actor, author, playwright, and composer, there was a singer, and in the singer there was a dancer, and that the reason why this fluttering together of a cloud of geniuses into one mighty theatrical avatar didn't further flutter into a conductor was that the theatrical avatar "couldn't bear not to see himself acting on the stage". This amazing infant phenomenon was called Mr. Noel Coward, and to-day he acts, writes, composes, and produces (doing other things in his spare time), so that Mr. Agate,


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