By Jean Racine
" L'idée de Narcisse, d'Agrippine et de Néron, l'idée si noire et si terrible qu'on se fait de leurs crimes, ne saurait s'effacer de l. a. mémoire du spectateur ", écrit Saint-Evremond en 1670. Si Britannicus a de quoi décontenancer, tant au XVIIe siècle qu'aujourd'hui, c'est que los angeles violence et los angeles noirceur des personnages mènent le tragique à son paroxysme, et l'humain à ses dernières limites. En nous montrant le début du règne de Néron et sa perversité terrifiante, Racine nous fait en effet assister, selon ses propres termes, à l. a. naissance d'un " monstre ".
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On the contrary, it made his name the more known, increased the interest which those who knew him took in his welfare, and served as a strong advertisement in widely circulating his fame. In time it became generally known that the African Roscius was alive and still prospering; and, coming to a later date, such notices as the following appeared, which we quote from The Era, a London weekly newspaper, which regularly reports all the theatrical business of the provinces:— The African Roscius, Mr.
On the boards, as the personator of the avaricious Shylock, the jealous Othello, or the vengeful Zanga, in Dr. Young’s “Revenge,” he has no competitor, and we may justly say, in Shakspeare’s words, We ne’er shall look upon his like again. In private life, the pleasing and happy manners—the gentle and unassuming deportment— the suavity and grace with which Mr. Aldridge is endowed—have won for him many friends, whose esteem will, we trust, be as permanent as his theatrical fame will be preeminently lasting.
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