What is meant by "the terrible crowd at Royal Academy"?
Though Edward Driffield’s indifferent health
and great age obliged her to live most of the year in the country, she managed
notwithstanding to run up to town often enough to keep abreast of what was going
on and she was soon engaged with Lord Scallion in an animated discussion of the
plays in the London theatres and the terrible crowd at the Royal Academy.