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(Translation: Glory for Yvette Guilbert. She succeeded in making the English laugh.)
If, therefore, I have to give you directions or indications in regard to expression of Comic Spirit, I have to presume that you are genuine possessors of this gift of nature.
You will of course realize at once that the gayety and the humor, which prevail in you, have different weights, determined by a natural measure, created by nature itself . . . the laugh!
Not your laugh, but the laugh you produce.
There is humor which produces a smile, humor which produces a big laugh, humor which produces a roaring, almost hysterical laugh.
That I might be able to illustrate by examples the different shades of Comic Spirit, I have chosen for each shade a different color Gray, Red, Purple, and Vermillion.
Now if I speak of Gray in reference to an expression of Comic Spirit, I do not wish to indicate that the expression is monotonous.
The neutral color indicates the distinction of the humor, a quiet and refined gayety. It is to produce what we call so elegantly in French: Le sourire du coin de la levre. A

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