The Traveller in Asia

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The Traveller in Asia
The traveller in Asia, or, a Visit to the most celebrated parts of the East Indies and China:with an account of the manners of the inhabitants, natural productions, and curiosities, for the instruction and entertainment of young persons.
Priscilla Wakefield (1751-1832)
London: Darton, Harvey and Darton
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The theatre is one of their favourite amusements. The outside of it is
painted with brilliant and lively colours, and the decorations within
are in the same style. We have attended it several times. The dialogue
is spoken in a kind of recitative, accompanied by a concert of music.
Each performer, on his first entrance, declares what part he is to
represent, and where the scene of action lies.