Nor was that all. Soldene has more intimate revelations to disclose. In her racy My Theatrical and Musical Recollections (Downey & Co, London 1897) she confesses
Tietjens was one of the great early Carmens - though it can't have been easy to sustain such a role under seemingly painful body restrictions. One wonders if the orchestra's percussion department felt like yielding to the corset's competition and in desperation laying down their castanets.
Though apparently so unruffled on stage, Tietjens was far from it in real life. She had, it turns out, a peculiarly violent temper, which caused her to go berserk and smash anything that came to hand. This all got so bad that her long-suffering sister cunningly indulged in a bit of loss-limitation by removing everything valuable from sight. Indeed, she used to trot off to the shops and buy 1s 6d worth of cheap china which was placed on the mantle-piece to be available in case of tantrums. After a while, Mme. Tietjens managed to cure herself of these violent paddies - by throwing a soda-water bottle at a luckless theatre manager. Fortunately for him, it missed its target but smashed through a window and nearly killed a passer-by. The shock of what she had done seems to have had a therapeutic effect on the turbulent lady.
Curbing and controlling a violent temper is never an easy thing to do, but in the case of Mme. Tietjens I can't help thinking that an early visit to her corsetière might have helped a lot.