The White Horse of the Peppers

The White Horse of the Peppers

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Excerpt from The White Horse of the Peppers: A Comic Drama in Two Acts

"The White Horse of the Peppers" possesses in an eminent degree all the characteristics which distinguish the productions of its author - a gentleman as much admired for his powers as a musician and artist, as a scholar and poet.

This drama is replete with such incidents and situations as are required in stage representations, while the dialogue abounds with just sentiments, genuine wit, pure humour, and natural pathos.

The time at which the scene is laid, was a stirring one for the adherents of King James, and many a noble supporter of the pusillanimous monarch not only shed his heart's blood in his cause, on "the banks of the bloody Boyne," but left, as the reward of his fidelity, a condemned name and ruined fortune to his plundered successors.

The bold, loyal, and really Irish, Gerald Pepper, is a faithful portrait of the hard-fighting, high-minded, and dare-devil gentleman of the time and nation. His outbreaks of feeling, love of his country, and easily-excited sympathies, offer an excellent contrast to the cold, phlegmatic, cautious, calculating, foreign mercenary, Major Hans Mansfeldt. The stratagem by which he recovers his confiscated lands, is well conceived and most humorously carried out. In short, from the opening scene to the fall of the curtain, the interest in "The White Horse of the Peppers" never flags.

The original "Gerald" - the lamented Power - possessed a reputation that would have ensured success to any drama he appeared in; but he had in this instance the aid of an artiste in his way, of equal talent - we allude to Mr. Webster, whose Major Hans Mansfeldt was as perfect a portraiture, as was Powers of the more prominent Gerald, while "little Mrs. Fitz." was all that could be wished in the kind-hearted, ready, faithful, and fascinating Agatha. We have had the pleasure of witnessing the performances of Mr. Brougham and Mr. Shaw, in this and the old country, of Gerald Pepper. Both have their excellences, and are, in our opinion, the best living representatives of the owner of "The White Horse of the Peppers."

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