"Poems in shoe craft, tragedies in ankles and melodramas in legs," he announced.
In 1850 they had been content with melodramas, vulgar farces, and Hippodramas.
Just like a bit taken out of one of the old Adelphi melodramas.
Perfect heroes are the monsters of melodramas, and have no place in dramatic art.
What would the great orator have said had he been present at our melodramas?