[Ads-l] Quote: The face of Venus, the figure of Juno, the brains of Minerva, the memory of Macaulay=?Windows-1252?Q?=85_?=the hide of a rhinoceros

Peter Reitan pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 30 19:08:12 EDT 2017


One more early example with an apparently mangled version of the original;

and, a precursor from a year earlier - from an article about women playing golf.


In relating the story about her commencement address:


"It is very simple," ran her answer. "You should merely have the face of a goddess, the voice of a siren, the temper of an angel, the endurance of an ox, and the skin of a rhinoceros."


Munsey's magazine, Volume 23, Number 2, May 1900, page 276 (HathiTrust).


In an article about women playing golf:


"The Caddie gathers no moss in that region [(North Carolina)], and needs the feet of a goat and the skin of a rhinoceros to follow the ball on its downward course and fish it out of the thickets."


The Puritan, Volume 4, Number 1, October 1898, page 89.



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One more earlier example.


Mrs. Kendal delivered the lines at the graduation exercises of New York's A=
merican Academy of the Dramatic Arts, held in the Empire Theater on March 2=
7, 1900.  She claims to have used the line in a reply to a fan-letter from =
a young American girl seeking career advice.


Werner's Magazine, Volume 25, Number 3, May, 1900, page 303 (HathiTrust).


"As to the qualifications for a successful dramatic career, Mrs. Kendal rec=
ited her advice to a young American girl who had written her asking what sh=
e needed to become an actress.  The reply was:


'Why, it is the easiest thing in the world, the very easiest.  You only req=
uire the following things: The imagination of a poet, the strength of a hor=
se, the figure of a Greek statue, the temper of an angel, the face of a god=
, and the skin of a rhinoceros.'"






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Wonderful, Peter; thanks.  I suspect that the 1901 statement and the
1919 statement found by Bill are part of the same family. The "great
English player" in the 1919 citation was probably a reference to Madge
Kendal.

Here is an instance of the 1901 statement that appeared a month
earlier in England. I will update the entry and acknowledge you.

[ref] 1901 June 14, The Citizen (Gloucester Citizen), The Passing
Hour, Quote Page 3, Column 6, County: Gloucestershire, England.
(British Newspaper Archive)[/ref]

[Begin excerpt]
Speaking at a meeting, on Thursday, in connection with the Girls'
Friendly Society, Mrs. Kendal enumerated the chief qualifications
requisite for success on the stage as the face of a goddess, the
strength of a lion, the figure of a Venus, the voice of a dove, the
temper of an angel, the grace of a swan, the agility of an
antelope=3DE2=3D80=3D94and the skin of a rhinoceros.
[End excerpt]

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