Four hours later it was all over. The play went well from the beginning; the audience notwithstanding the season a fashionable one, were pleased after the holidays to find themselves once more in a playhouse and were ready to be amused. It was an auspicious beginning for the theatrical season. There had been great applause after each act and at the end a dozen curtain calls. Julia took two by herself and even she was startled by the warmth of her reception.
She had made the little halting speech, prepared beforehand, which the occasion demanded. There had been a final call of the entire company and then the orchestra had struck up the National Anthem. Julia, pleased, excited and happy, went to her dressing-room. She had never felt more sure of herself. She had never acted with greater brilliance, variety and resource. The play ended with a long tirade in which Julia castigated the flippancy, the uselessness, the immorality of the idle set into which her marriage had brought her. It was two pages long and there was no another actress in England who could have held the attention of the audience while she delivered it.
With her exquisite timing, with the modulation of her beautiful voice, with her command of the gamut of emotions, she had succeeded by a climax to the play. A violent action could not have been more exciting nor an unexpected denouement more surprising. The whole cast had been excellent with the exception of Alice Crichton. Julia hummed in an undertone as she went into her dressing-room. (from W. Somerset Maugham “Theatre”)
Список слов к топику Theatre.
to amuse – забавлять, развлекать
auspicious – сулящий счастье, благоприятный
beforehand – требовать, предъявлять требование, спрашивать
the National Anthem – Национальный Гимн
to be sure of oneself – быть уверенным в ком-то
brilliance – блеск
variety – разнообразие, многосторонность
resource – способ, средство, изобретательность
tirade – тирада
to castigate – исправлять, бичевать
flippancy – легкость, невдумчивость, дерзость
uselessness – бесполезность
immorality – безнравственность
idle – праздный, бесполезный, пустой, ленивый, тщетный
to deliver – произносить
exquisite – изысканный, прелестный
denouement – развязка, заключительный эпизод, исход