Excerpt from Fifty Years of an Actors̓ Life, Vol. 2
Those who knew him best were wont to maintain that under his austere exterior lay depths of tenderness and sweetness and a heart Of gold, and it is certain that he was a devoted son, an affectionate brother, a model husband and father, He was all these and more out of the theatre; but in it he was dogmatic, opinionated, impatient of contradiction, domineering, and autocratic, irascible, atrabilarious, and overbearing. Hence even to those grounded in their art he was a constant source of irritation and annoyance, while to the ignorant, the indolent, and incompetent he was not only a torture, but an ever-abiding terror.
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