PERDITA ROBINSON?

At the tender age of fifteen Mary Warby married, or, rather, was married, to a man much older than herself, a gambler and a drunkard. It must have come as a relief to her when a few months after their marriage her husband was conducted to a debtor's prison. Mrs. Robinson was now compelled to support herself. Although actresses were held in low esteem she adopted the stage as a profession, and her great beauty and undeniable talent brought her immediate success. The Prince of Wales, who later became George IV., fell hopelessly in love with her after seeing her performance as Perdita in " The Winter's Tale " and called her " the exquisite Perdita. Famous men such as Sheridan, Fox and Garrick were proud to be her friends, for she was a witty, as well as a pretty woman. Yet this good fortune did not last for many years. The Prince of Wales, incurably fickle in his loves, took his favours elsewhere. Garrick died and Sheridan passed out of her orbit. Rheumatic fever attacked the lovely girl and left her a cripple. She lingered on for many years finding consolation in the affection of her little daughter. Poor Perdita! She was like some bright star appearing suddenly out of the void, and as suddenly eclipsed.