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by Charles Reade
To T. Taylor, Esq., my friend, and coadjutor in the comedy of "Masks and
Faces," to whom the reader owes much of the best matter in this tale: and
to the memory of Margaret Woffington, falsely _summed up_ until to-day,
this "Dramatic Story" is inscribed by CHARLES READE.--
LONDON. Dec. 15, 1852.
ABOUT the middle of the last century, at eight o'clock in the evening, in
a large but poor apartment, a man was slumbering on a rough couch. His
rusty and worn suit of black was of a piece with his uncarpeted room, the
deal table of home manufacture, and its slim unsnuffed candle.
The man was Triplet, scene painter, actor and writer of sanguinary plays,
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