Behind the Scenes with Edwin Booth

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CHAPTER XXIV
A HOLIDAY AFLOAT

OF course, that opening night demonstration was never quite repeated, but successive audiences made it clear San Francisco had surrendered to Edwin Booth. The wig was in evidence for each performance, and became a detail of the Hamlet costume permanently. Much to my own ease, Mr. Booth did not by a look remind me of all that had gone into the wearing of that wig. I was even ashamed by this time of the diplomatic conspiracy and hoped there might never be another for me. These two weeks I watched Hamlet often and it was evident Mr. Booth had accustomed himself overnight to the wig. If he did not run his sensitive fingers through his hair, he seemed to be doing it. I could have sworn he did. Mr. Chase, too, wished to forget -- conveniently.

Mr. Booth inspired such a delicate sense of loyalty, we avoided the appearance of discussing him. I shrank from quoting him, and Amo and Ido felt as I did. It is for this reason there are few Amo and Ido anecdotes connected with Mr. Booth for me to record. There must have been many of them. By unvoiced common consent we established our unwritten law -- our finger upon our lips for whatever Mr. Booth might say to us individually.

One night in the greenroom, Mr. Booth took my

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