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60 DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION
The comic spirit is sometimes even a national gift. The Latin race possesses a greater sense of humor than the Anglo-Saxon.
It might be that the comic capacity — if I may use this word — of a race is also dependent on his geographical situation.
The gayety of spirit is surely more developed in radiant Italy than in the Scandinavian mists.
The esprit of France, which is in fact the humor of French intellect, is so essentially French and unique, that the word has remamed French and in this sense untranslatable.
May-be that the French sun, which is in southern France of tropical character, ripens our wine, and at the same time our sense of humor, which would not prosper in an atmosphere of ice-water and ginger ale.
The lack of humor of the Briton is proverbial.
I do not know whether you have ever heard of a famous French journalist and polemist, Henri Rochefort, known by his esprit and caustic wit.
He thought he could not pay me a higher compliment than by dedicating to me the following words:
Gloire d, Yvette Guilbert. Elle a trouve moyen de faire rire les Anglais.