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its rhythm and its dramatic content
are what Shakespeare has given to us
and to all who come after.
No one who reads Shakespeare of
ten aloud can do otherwise than
speak sonorously and with dignity
Just for the sake of the language,
if for no other, I would have the plays
of Shakespeare a part of the daily
curriculum of the public schools, and
I would have the children read them
as soon as they could read at all.
We, Mr. Sothern and myself, have
found that children have been our
most enthusiastic audiences, and we
have often played to the children in
our audiences and allowed the grown
ups to take care of themselves.
After becoming a friend of Shake
speare and living with him as inti
mately as I have done, it is impossi
ble even to think in terms of slang. It
would be quite as easy for a grand
opera singer to think in ragtime.
The boy or girl who is taught to
read Shakespeare correctly will use
all through life our beautiful English
language and be ashamed to use
Today, when the whole trend of
thought seems to be to say some
thing, we have only to go back to the
immortal bard to realize it is utter
sacrilege and most unpatriotic unless
we say it in the best fashion.
TODAY'S WORST RIDDLE
Why is a widower like a house in a
state of dilapidation?
Answer Because he wants repair
ing! (Officer! Get the ding-a-ling wagon.)
Sothern and Marlowe in "Romeo and Juliet."
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