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A REVIEW OF HIS PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS, AND

THOSE OF VARIOUS EMINENT WRITERS,

AS REPRESENTED

By MR. GARRI CK, AND

OTHER CELEBRATED COMEDIANS.
WITH ANECDOTES OF DRAMATIC POETS, ACTORS, &C.

B y T H O M AS DA V I ES,

AUTHOR of MEMOIRS of the LIFE of

DAVID GARRICK, Ese

IN THREE VOLUME S.

VOL. II.

LOND ON:
Printed for the AUTHOR, and sold at nis shop, in

GREAT RUSSELL-STREET, Covent-GAR D’ENI..

M.DCC.LXXXIII.

THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

289325A ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

R 1927 L

MISCELLANI E S.

All's well that ends well.

CHAPTER XXI. Unpromising fable to All's well that ends

well. — Șhakspeare's creative power. - Revival of this comedy in 1741. - Sickness of Milward. Mrs. Woffington. Death of Milward.His character.-Superstition of the actors. - Parolles.- Macklin and The. Cibber. Chapman and Berry commended.

- All's well that ends well revived by Garrick. - Distribution of the parts.- Abuse of wardship. - Fascinating power of certain worthless characters. - Lully, Swift, and Lord Rivers.-Word Christená"

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dom. - Helen's defcription of Parolles. -Definition of elown, or fool.-His occupation. Description from Johnfon and Steevens. B. Fonfon and Fletcher, -- Shaka speare's superior knowledge of nature and the qualities of his auditors. - Jonfon not averse to mirth in tragedy. - His Sejanus and Catiline. Condition of physicians in England, France, and Germany. - Helen's delicacy.

A Physician's daughter curing a king, A distempered with a fiftula, by a reeipe of her dead father, is the history on which this play is founded; a plot strange and unpromising. But the genius of Shakspeare meets with no obstacle from the uncouthnefs of the materials he works upon, Action and character are the chief engines he employs in this comedy, and he raises abundance of mirth from the situations in which they are placed. Parolles and Lafeu rare admirable contrasts, from the collision

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