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Mischievous Mme. Malibran

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No prima donna was over more delightfully capricións, more full of miscliief tban tlio famons Mme. Malibran. At tlit rehearsals of "Romeo and Juliet" sheconld uever make up her niiurl wbere she was to "die" atuight. It was important for Romeo to know, bat all onld get was "not suro, " "don't kuow, " "can 't teil, " or "it will bo just as it happens, accordiug to my humor; Bometiines in one place, soinetinies in another. " On one occasion sho chose to ' 'die" vit--' to tho footlights, her compauion, of oourse, being coiupellcd to "die" beside lier, and tlnis, -wheii the curtain feil, a oonplo of footmen hnd to carry the pair off, oue at a time, to tho intense amusement of tho audience. John Templeton, the line old Scottish tenor, was probably never so miserable as vhoii he was cast to sina with Mali bran. Vory oftcn sho was displeased with bis pörformaaoe, and oue evening she whÍ8pered to him, "You are not aotiug propërly; make love to me botter, " to wiiich, so it is said, Teuipletcu inuocontly replied, "Don't you know I aiu a married man?" Evidontly tbs lady did uot think tlicro was. auytbiug serious in thu cirenrostanco, for not long aftcrward, wlien iu "Somnámbula" she was on her knees to Tenipleton as Elvino, slie succeeded iu making the tenor scream with suppreasüd laughtor wIhmi he should have been singing ly ttokling liim vigoronsly under the armg.


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