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SHAKESPEARE BEFORE SIR THOMAS LICV
Photogravure from a painting by T. Brooks.
This picture brings vividly before us an interesting incident of Shakespeare's early days. He has just been caught red-handed in the crime of poaching, and is now brought before Sir Thomas Lucy to answer to the gamekeeper's charge. Though this incilent seems well anthenticated, little is definitely known of this periaal of the great dramatist's life. But we do know that that energy, which later achieved so much, in his youth ran to waste in all kinds of lawless pleasures. The artist here depicts Sir Thomas Lucy sitting stern and grave as he listens to the constable's charge against Shakespeare. A slaughtered deer has been brought in, as testimony against him. Sliakespeare himsell, though seeming fully aware of the gravity of his offence, appears nevertheless composed and prepared to answer the charge. Though the magistrate may not be favorably impressed by the dauntiess in dependence of Shakespeare's bearing, we may be sure he excites the aan iration at the feminine members of the household, who are watching him with intepest, All the accessories of carved woodwork, leaded casements, and tpestried walls interest us as depicting the interiut ut a typical manor house of the period.