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Of this play the fable is wild and pleasing. I know not how the ladies will approve the facility with which both Rosalind and Celia give away their hearts. To Celia much may be forgiven for the heroism of her friendship. The character of Jaques is natural and well preserved. The comick dialogue is very sprightly, with less mixture of low buffoonery than in some other plays ; and the graver part is elegant and harmonious. By hastening to the end of his work, Shakspeare suppressed the dialogue between the usurper and the hermit, and lost an opportunity of exhibiting a moral lesson in which he might have found matter worthy of his highest powers.
Much Ado About Nothing.
FROM THE TEXT OF
MR. STEEVENS'S LAST EDITION.
Don Pedro, Prince of Arragon.
by Don Pedro.
, }followers of Don John. Dogberry, }two foolish officers.
Hero, daughter to Leonato.
, } gentlewomen attending on Hero.
Messengers, Watch, and Attendants.