All the forces of civilization in the house waged a battle of the most gallant, prolonged and sustained applause with the hoots and jeers and catcalls of the roughs...Obviously, the little play, which I strove to make as broad, as gross, as simple, as clear, as British, in a word, as possible, is over the heads of the ususal vulgar theater going London public. ...the stupid public is the big public, and the perceptive one the small.

— Henry James  

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