Second

   As in a duel, the second could step in to cover for the leading man, but otherwise played a strong supporting role. In every line of business for which two or more actors were employed, the second deferred to the principal. A stock company might include a second heavy, a second low comedian, a second old man, and (perhaps doubling as a low comedienne) a second old woman. According to Gladys Hurlbut in Next Week-East Lynne!, "the thing to look for when you hired second people was a slight case of menace. If a man suggested betrayal more than rescue, he was a second man type, and if a girl was too tall for soubrettes and you could picture her as a correspondent, then she was a second woman. . . . Second people were often very good actors and popular too. . . . The second woman got some fat parts but not too many. She played the rough comedy leads, like the Florence Moore farces that were too naughty for the little leading lady, and I had to fight to get Craig's Wife away from the second woman because the management thought it would hurt my popularity to be so mean all week" (1950, 154-55).

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  • second — second, onde [ s(ə)gɔ̃, ɔ̃d ] adj. et n. • XIIe; secunt 1119; lat. secundus « suivant », de sequi « suivre » I ♦ Adj. (généralt avant le nom) et n. 1 ♦ Qui vient après une chose de même nature; qui suit le premier. ⇒ deuxième(on emploie …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • second — second, onde (se gon, gon d ; au XVIIe siècle, Marg. Buffet, Observ. p. 131, regarde comme une faute de prononcer le c comme un g ; au contraire, Chifflet, Gramm. p. 225, dit que le c se prononce comme un g ; le d se lie : un se gon t avis ;… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • second — SECOND, [sec]onde. adj. numeral. Qui est immediatement aprés premier. Dans ce mot & dans ses derivez le C. se prononce comme un G. Il n est pas le premier, il n est que le second. le second livre. le second President. le second Capitaine. la… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Second — Sec ond, a. [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See {Sue} to follow, and cf. {Secund}.] 1. Immediately following the first; next to the first in order of place or time; hence, occurring again; another; other.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • second — second1 [sek′ənd] adj. [ME secunde < OFr < L secundus, following, second < sequi, to follow: see SEQUENT] 1. coming next after the first in order of place or time; 2d or 2nd 2. another; other; additional; supplementary [to take a second… …   English World dictionary

  • second — Ⅰ. second [1] ► ORDINAL NUMBER 1) constituting number two in a sequence; 2nd. 2) subordinate or inferior in position, rank, or importance. 3) (seconds) goods of an inferior quality. 4) (seconds) informal a second course or second helping of food… …   English terms dictionary

  • Second — Sec ond, n. 1. One who, or that which, follows, or comes after; one next and inferior in place, time, rank, importance, excellence, or power. [1913 Webster] Man An angel s second, nor his second long. Young. [1913 Webster] 2. One who follows or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • SECOND (J.) — SECOND JEAN (1511 1536) Né à La Haye, ce grand poète néo latin de son vrai nom Jean Everaerts est européen par ses voyages, dont ses propres relations nous transmettent l’itinéraire daté. Sa première jeunesse a pour cadre Malines, mais dès 1532… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Second — Sec ond, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Seconded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Seconding}.] [Cf. F. seconder, L. secundare, from secundus. See {Second}, a.] 1. To follow in the next place; to succeed; to alternate. [R.] [1913 Webster] In the method of nature, a low… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • second — [adj] next; subordinate additional, alternative, another, double, duplicate, extra, following, further, inferior, lesser, lower, next in order, other, place, repeated, reproduction, runner up, secondary, subsequent, succeeding, supporting, twin,… …   New thesaurus

  • Second — (en castellano: segundo) puede referirse a: Second, banda española. Second Coming (1994), álbum de The Stone Roses. Véase también Segundo, desambiguación. Esta página de desambiguación cataloga artículos relacionados con el mismo …   Wikipedia Español

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