It is the vogue to dramatize successful novels. The author of the present Nell Gwyn story has pursued the contrary course. His “merry” play of the same name was written and produced before he undertook to compose this tale, suggested by the same historic sources.A word of tribute is gratefully given to the comédienne, Miss Crosman, whose courage and exquisite art introduced the “Mistress Nell” of the play to the public.
rd," he replied, and turned to do the bidding.
"Flowers strewn in ladies' ways oft' lead to princely favours," muttered his lordship, thoughtfully, as he removed his gloves and vainly adjusted his hat and sword. "Portsmouth at Dover told me that."
It was apparent from his face that much passed before his mind, in that little second, of days when, at Dover Castle not long since, he had been a part--and no small part--of the intrigue well planned by Louis of France, and well executed by the Duchess of Orléans assisted by the fair Louise, now Duchess of Portsmouth, in which his own purse and power had waxed mightily. Whatever his lordship thought, however, it was gone like the panorama before a drowning brain.
He stopped the lad as he was entering Nell's tiring-room, with an exclamation. The boy returned.
"You gave Mistress Nell my note bidding her to supper?" he asked, questioningly.
"I did, my lord," answered Dick.
"'Sheart, a madrigal worthy of Bacchus! She smi