The consequence of this was, that a capital player's wardrobe " [came to include] " what they call natural heads of hair; there is the comedy head of hair, and the tragedy ditto; the silver locks, and the common gray; the carotty poll, and the yellow caxon; the savage black, and the Italian brown, and Shylock's and Falstaff's very different heads of hair; ...
Shylock is indeed a ruthless man, but it is clear that he has been much goaded by the merchant Antonio.
But Aldridge soon donned wigs and white make-up and moved on to non-black parts such as Macbeth, Shylock and King Lear.
Among the audience was Macklin, whose performance of Shylock, early in the same year, had pointed the way along which Garrick was so rapidly to pass in triumph.
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