A Quote by William Makepeace Thackeray on acting, farewells, laughter, and play

The play is done; the curtain drops, Slow falling to the prompter's bell A moment yet the actor stops And looks around to say farewell. It is an irksome word and task: And when he's laughed and said his say He shows, as he removes the mask, A face that's anything but gay.

William Thackeray (1811 - 1863)

Source: The End of the Play.

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