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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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several members of both houses came and shook
hands with me, and bade me welcome. I mention
this because to me it seems so kind and beautiful to
welcome a foreigner and a woman, one without
importance in political life but who properly
belongs to the quiet world of the home. Does
not this show that the men of the New World
regard the home as the maternal life of the

My most agreeable hours in Boston have been
spent at Mrs. Kemble’s readings from Shakespeare.
She is a real genius, and her power of
expression and flexibility of voice, which may be
changed in a moment to suit the character she
represents, are remarkable. No one can ever forget
what he has once heard her read; she carries her
audience completely into the world and the scene
which she renders. Even Jenny Lind’s power of
impersonation is nothing in comparison with hers.
Her mimicry is excellent, and most so in heroic
parts. I shall never forget her glowing,
expressive countenance, when she as Henry V
incited the army to heroic deeds. And she gave the
scene between the enamored warrior-king and the
bashful, elegant, and yet naive French princess in
such a manner as made one both laugh and cry;
that is to say, one laughed amid tears of joy.
When Mrs. Kemble steps before the audience, one

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