The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 197
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Sarah Bernhardt in Texas
French play, spoken in French, and by French men and women.
How many in the audience understood it? It is easier to say how many
did not understand the words. But everybody who paid attention
could interpret the gestures, facial expressions, and stage business.
The people sat in the height of expectancy, waiting for the curtain
to rise. When it rose-and not till the "gods danced forty jigs" did it
go up-such a silence-and all attention. When will Sarah "come
on?" This kept alive the people. In the middle of the first act she
came, hat, bouquet, elegant toggery and all. It was Sarah. And she
looked as natty and talked as glibly as you have heard of. Bernhardt
of Paris, France, stood there and talked for good life. She talked
French. So fast did she go it that French scholars could catch only a
few words; and when Sarah uttered the word "mustache" a fellow
sitting behind this reporter said: "Mustache; I got that."3
By February 6, the critic for the Dallas Morning News had a
more favorable comment to make about the French actress. Fol-
lowing her portrayal of the tragic, consumptive Marguerite
Gautier in La Dame aux Camelias, the writer reported:
It is difficult to conceive anything more startingly realistic than
the death scene. It was so natural, that when she fell from Armand's
arm (Monsieur Fleury) a thrill of horror seemed to pass over every-
one, and many eyes were wet with tears for the frail creature who
had faded away.
The sweet, pathetic voice of Bernhardt, which has the power to
hold a multitude in rapture, will long be remembered by the hun-
dreds of people who have seen her in her most marvelous creations.4
The number of Texans attending the appearances of Madame
Bernhardt was vast. The Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad
had arranged to sell tickets to Dallas from points between Farmers-
ville and Cleburne; the round trip ducats were good on February
2 or 3 with a return limit of February 4." Madame Bernhardt had
come to Dallas from Fort Worth, where she had performed to
an audience of men and women who had traveled Gulf, Colorado,
and Santa Fe from points between Gainesville and Cleburne.
Approximately $2,ooo worth of tickets were sold to the Fort
Worth appearance of Madame Bernhardt.'
'Ibid., February 6, 1892.
5Ibid., January 27, 1892.
'Galveston Daily News, January 30, 1892.
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