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These featured in quantity 10 contain Margaret Martyr, a singer, actress, and dancer whose “conjugal virtues have been usually impeached,” in line with the July 1792 Thespian journal. The Dictionary describes this least consistent of fanatics as “of middling top, with a determine well-proportioned for breeches elements. [Her] black-haired, black-eyed good looks and transparent soprano made her an immediate renowned luck in merry maids and tuneful minxes, the piquant and the pert, for 1 / 4 century.”
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By 19 December 1744 Macklin had returned to Drury Lane and to Shylock. For his reinstatement he had prepared a prologue: From scheming, fretting, famine, and despair, Behold to grace restored an exil'd player; Your sanction yet his fortune must complete, And give him privilege to laughand eat. No revolution plots are mine again; You see, thank heaven! the quietest of men: I pray that all domestic feuds may cease; And beggar'd by war, solicit peace. When urg'd by wrongs, and prompted to rebel, I fought for freedom, and for freedom fell.
In the season of 173738, on an evening when he played a new part, Jerry Blackacre in The Plain Dealer, Macklin inserted comic business which Quin thought drew attention from his ponderous recital of Manly, the leading role. As Macklin reconstructed the sequence of events long afterward, Quin, after repeatedly and imperiously ordering him between scenes to desist, became enraged and hurled a piece of apple in Macklin's face. The younger man pushed Quin into a chair and, before an astonished crowd of gentlemen in the green room, began to beat him.
Macklin himself left an amusing account of it which was published in the "Macklinana" feature of the Monthly Mirror in 1798. Following a performance of Hamlet, the ballerina Mme Chateauneuf and the ballet master Denoyer were scheduled for the third timeand for the third time failed to appearto dance in the new pantomime The Fortune Tellers. " The rioters attacked the stage: They made a gang-way out of the pit, with the benches of it, over the orchestra; Macklin got up to the thunder-loft, and ordered the servants of the theatre to make the stage dark, to open the traps, to let loose hell, to roll the thunder, and to flash the lightning; this he did with a stentorophon, which frightened the audience much.