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Messire," said Gisquette, with the impetuosity of an open sluice, or of a woman who has made up her mind, "do you know that soldier who is to play the part of Madame the Virgin in the mystery?
Nevertheless, in order to play the part of critic also, the poet might have developed this beautiful idea in something less than two hundred lines.
Suppose, I answered, that a just and good man in the course of a narration comes on some saying or action of another good man,-- I should imagine that he will like to personate him, and will not be ashamed of this sort of imitation: he will be most ready to play the part of the good man when he is acting firmly and wisely; in a less degree when he is overtaken by illness or love or drink, or has met with any other disaster.
I was soon to play the part of a spy--a common policeman.
Do you want to rake out the ashes of our domestic hearth--to play the part of--melodramatic villain?
ejaculated Michel; "I shall play the part of Gulliver.
One moment, Michel," answered Barbicane; "if you wish to play the part of Gulliver, only visit the inferior planets, such as Mercury, Venus, or Mars, whose density is a little less than that of the earth; but do not venture into the great planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune; for there the order will be changed, and you will become Lilliputian.
Edmond stiffened himself in order to play the part of a dead man, and then the party, lighted by the man with the torch, who went first, ascended the stairs.
The Siege Of Jadotville will see the Co Down actor play the part of an Irish soldier from Waterville, Co Kerry.
Come to think of it, he will probably have to have his hair cut to play the part.
With the filming of Katie Morag under way on Lewis, a production company want a local man to play the part of Reverend McColl.
You play the part all day, until at night, you can come out of character.