The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini:|
they would be allowed to escape with their lives.
Had the part of Pantaloon in "Les Fourberies" been other than that
of a blundering, timid old idiot, Binet would have ruined it by his
apprehensions. As it was, those very apprehensions, magnifying as
they did the hesitancy and bewilderment that were the essence of
his part, contributed to the success. And a success it proved that
more than justified all the heralding of which Scaramouche had been
For Scaramouche himself this success was not confined to the public.
At the end of the play a great reception awaited him from his
companions assembled in the green-room of the theatre. His talent,