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The Philippine Islands.
the other hand, it is indeed amusing to note how little in this line, how thin a texture, pleases the people, bombast and fury, honeyed accents and unnecessary vicarious suffering, false and flagrant violations of dramatic artaall alike are viewed with breathless interest, and applauded, or stoically witnessed as the occasion demands. The entire play is given in the Tagal language.
The native spectators, indeed, enter into the action of the play
a scene from the moro-moro play.
with, as it were, a grim earnest ; as if all their mental faculties w^ere judging complex emotions and nice situations.
Nothing, indeed, in the native character is more remarkable than its unvarying decorum. Here the happy crowd has been standing for three hours, agape with delight, drinking in the rude splendors of tinsel potentates.
Here, too, they wrould be willing to stand for several hours more ; but it is nearly midnight, and a sudden illuminationHere, too, they wrould be willing to stand for several hours more ; but it is nearly midnight, and a sudden illumination