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" To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity of the conduct, the confusion of the names and manners of different times, and the impossibility of the events in any system of life, were to waste criticism upon unresisting imbecility, upon faults too... "
The Plays of William Shakespeare: Accurately Printed from the Text of the ... - Page 137
by William Shakespeare - 1805
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Reason Diminished: Shakespeare and the Marvelous

Peter G. Platt - 1997 - 271 pages
...this quality leads to "incongruity" and detracts from Cymbeline's overall effectiveness: "To remark on the folly of the fiction, the absurdity of the conduct,...in any system of life, were to waste criticism upon unresting imbecility, upon faults too evident for detection, and too gross for aggravation."4 For Granville-Barker,...
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Cymbeline

William Shakespeare - 2000 - 144 pages
...simply a failure. Dr. Johnson, in his edition (1765), found the play's complex dramaturgy too much: To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity...evident for detection and too gross for aggravation. Modern critics have often resorted to the word "experimental" to describe the remarkable assemblage...
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Women in British Romantic Theatre: Drama, Performance, and Society, 1790-1840

Catherine Burroughs - 2000 - 344 pages
...fancy. She quotes at length Johnson's scathing conclusion to his remarks on this play, which ends: To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity...evident for detection, and too gross for aggravation. "How would a modern author writhe," remarks Inchbald, "under a critique that should accuse his drama,...
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Shakespeare: For All Time

Stanley W. Wells - 2003 - 442 pages
...absurd and ridiculous to the last degree'. Johnson was to write with similar contempt of the same play: 'To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity...evident for detection, and too gross for aggravation.' So much for Cymbeline. Johnson inordinately admired Mrs Lennox, and it would be interesting to know...
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Shakespeare Survey, Volume 18

Allardyce Nicoll - 2002 - 228 pages
...to be charitable with Cymbeline and then gives up. ' To remark the folly of the fiction', he says, 'the absurdity of the conduct, the confusion of the...faults too evident for detection, and too gross for aggravation.'28 We watch him do the predictable, let fly with one of his favourite indignations, when...
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Lectures on Shakespeare

W. H. Auden - 2002 - 398 pages
...Coker," V. 272 "aristocrat of middlebrows, Dr. Johnson.": Johnson wrote of Cymbeline, for example: 'To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity...of life, were to waste criticism upon unresisting imbecillity, upon faults too evident for detection, and too gross for aggravation." See Johnson on...
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Writing about Literature: Essay and Translation Skills for University ...

Judith Woolf - 2005 - 172 pages
...Shakespeare's plays during the Age of Reason, sums up in one tremendous sentence the irrationality of its plot: To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity...evident for detection, and too gross for aggravation. M Shakespeare never invented story material if he could borrow it, and in Cymbeline he borrowed from...
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Writing about Literature: Essay and Translation Skills for University ...

Judith Woolf - 2005 - 172 pages
...Shakespeare's plays during the Age of Reason, sums up in one tremendous sentence the irrationality of its plot: To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity...faults too evident for detection, and too gross for aggravation.14 Shakespeare never invented story material if he could borrow it, and in Cymbeline he...
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Romanticism: Romanticism and the margins

Michael O'Neill, Mark Sandy - 2006 - 394 pages
...judgements, for example that on Cymbeline: This play has many just sentiments, some natural dialogues, and some pleasing scenes, but they are obtained at the...of life, were to waste criticism upon unresisting imbecillity, upon faults too evident for detection, and too gross for aggravation. (Johnson 1986, p....
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Special Section, Shakespeare and Montaigne Revisited

Graham Bradshaw, T. G. Bishop, Peter Holbrook - 2006 - 405 pages
...the exact opposite ofCymbeline, of which the Doctor remarked in one of his more wondrous passages: "To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity...evident for detection, and too gross for aggravation." After such attitudes of balance, we ask, what forgiveness? What counts, with Johnson and indeed all...
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