¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The advertisement promised to open the office at 7 oclock, performance to begin at 7 3/4. We were kept waiting until nearly eight beforethe office opened. Rented a “loge”, but we found a meagre audience. No performers appeared until 8 1/4. Just below our loge, in the pit, were eight American marines from the U.S. man-o’war Plymouth, very civil, but amusing to see Jack Tar’s earnest request that the Frenchman before him should sit down, take of [sic] his hat, and when the latter started out he astonished him by catching hold of his coat tail with an appeal to “stay and see it out”. When the curtain was tardy in rising, a peculiar whoop emerged from the group á lá Indian quite new to the Frenchies who all revolved upon their bases to ascertain the source, but the marines were stoical with eyes to the front-
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 In another part of the house were six marines from the French Man-o’war Normandie Their large collars were of lighter blue, with a wide white stripe, no stars. And our eyes would constantly roam from one group to the other making comparisons.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The performance began with a silly farce of no merit. A long intermission. The audience increases but still does not occupy a quarter of the small house. The play was an opera Boufféé, in which a company of five (3 ladies, two gents) start out in the “show business”, make some money, and under the assumed name of the Prince of Trébizone abandons the show business to entrap a young Prince for their daughter. A poor affair, the only amusement being the awkwardness of the pretenders. The singing was miserable, play ditto, audience ditto, ourselves ditto, when we found Henry awaiting us until 12 oclock-
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We amuse ourselves daily, watching the promenaders and carriages which are constantly passing before our windows. Of the latter there seems to be a superabundance, various kinds, but nearly all
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