I'm having so much difficulties understanding the below paragraph. There are several parts that I am absolutely clueless.
"Should we really care for the greatest actors of the past could we have them before us? Should we find them too different from our accent of thought, of feeling, of speech, in a thousand minute particulars which are of the essence of all three? Dr. Doran's long and interesting records of the triumphs of Garrick, and other less familiar, but in their day hardly less astonishing, players, do not relieve one of the doubt. "
What does 'could we have them before us?' mean in the first sentence? And what is the type of grammatical structure underneath? I just don't get how 'could' can come after 'past'.
What does 'accent of thought' mean? This phrase sounds so abstract. What does 'accent' mean in particular?
What does 'a thousand minute particulars' mean? I looked up the word 'particular' as a noun, which said 'specific detail' but it still doesn't make sense to me. Is it author's way of saying..perhaps 'theatre'?
Is there a difference in meaning if I take out 'of' in front of 'a thousand minute particulars?'
Because I have so much questions with the second sentence, could someone be so kind and rephrase that sentence (question) with easy words.
I didn't know English language could be so confusing and cryptic. T-T