The Shakespeare Stealer

by Gary Blackwood
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In these pages, Widge joins the company.

In Chapter 10, Widge has decided on a plan to steal a table-book, but in the course of doing so, he manages to lose it. When he decides to go back into the theater to look for it, he gets hit in the...

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In these pages, Widge joins the company.

In Chapter 10, Widge has decided on a plan to steal a table-book, but in the course of doing so, he manages to lose it. When he decides to go back into the theater to look for it, he gets hit in the head by an opening door. Apprehended by an actor, he is taken before Mr. Heminges. Another actor recognizes him as the boy who just disrupted their performance.

Widge tells him he just wanted to see the play but didn’t have a penny for the admission. When he denies having a master, although he had previously said he worked for Dr. Bright, Heminges assumes he has come to London on his own and asks him why he came. At this point, Widge realizes he needs a good, convincing lie.

“Hesitantly,” I said, “I want to be a player.”

When Heminges questions his intent, he swears by his own bones that is what he wants. After some laughter and some discussion with another man he had seen playing the first gravedigger a few days before, Widge is admitted to the Lord Chamberlain’s company.

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