Box 14-118 EXCERPT FROM NEWSPAPER CLIPPING (nd) ABOUT A DICKEN'S NIGHT AT THE MACNAB ST. PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Jan 1 1923 Date estimated
To: MacNab St. Presbyterian Church Hamilton, Ontario
From: Newspaper unknown Hamilton Ontario
Delightful Recital by Mrs. Dunn, Assisted by Rev. Ketchen
The lecture hall of MacNab Street Presbyterian Church was filled to its utmost capacity last evening to listen to "An evening with Dickens" given by Mrs. Sydney Dunn, assisted by Rev. Beverley Ketchen, who introduced the subject by a short biographical sketch of Dickens.
The second part of the program was given by Mrs. Dunn to the reading of three portions from Dickens' masterpice, "David Copperfield," and were classified as follows: "Early Childhood of Dickens," "Betsy Trotwood, Miss Murdstone and Mr. Murdstone" and "describing the Flight of Little Emily." Mrs. Dunn's work was delightful, her audience being completely carried away in their emotions at every pathetic incident. Mrs. Dunn so cleverly portrayed the various characters that her hearers were moved to tears at points of pathos, and sent into convulsions of laughter at things humorous. The audience seemed at times spellbound by her remarkable portrayal of characters, such as the old man Peggoty, but her rendering of them was complete. Special mention should be spoken of the dramatic intensity with which Mrs. Dunn described the flight of Emily. This was acted with a cleverness that was extraordinary. The audience showed their appreciation by deafening applause, and each and all went away with a greater love for the great novelist and with a wider range of sympathy for mankind.
1 This article is undated, and the newspaper unknown, however, MacNab St. Church holds an annual Dickens' night.