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Charles Reade

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Peg Woffington 

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. 

CHAPTER I. 

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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