She was as fond of acting as Goethe, and like him began with a puppet stage, succeeded by amateur theatricals, the chief entertainment provided for her guests at Nohant.
At the same time her extravagance in dress, jewelry and amusements (including the gardens and theatricals at Trianon, of the cost of which such exaggerated reports were spread about) and her presence at horse-races and masked balls in Paris without the king, gave rise to great scandal, which was seized upon by her enemies, among whom were Mesdames, the count of Provence, and the duke of Orleans and the Palais Royal clique.
To this end, music, dancing, singing-parties (sankirtan), theatricals - in short anything calculated to produce the desired impression - would prove welcome to him.
Even in private theatricals it was no longer possible to persuade him to exercise the talent which he had often shown that he possessed.
He also organized amateur theatricals, directing an all Pakistani cast in a touring production of The Merchant of Venice.
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