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CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS

CONSISTING OF

PLAYS OF SHAKSPEARE:

BY MR.

ON SEVERAL

AND

A REVIEW OF HIS PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS, AND
THOSE OF VARIOUS EMINENT WRITERS,

BY

WITH

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OTHER CELEBRATED COMEDIANS.

WITH ANECDOTES OF DRAMATIC POETS, ACTORS, &c.

THOMAS DAVIES,

AUTHOR of MEMOIRS of the LIFE of

Es Q

DAVID

GARRICK,

THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

AND

LONDON:

Printed for the AUTHOR, and fold at his shop, in
GREAT RUSSELL-STREET, COVENT GARDEN

M.DCC.LXXXIII.

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DRAMATIC

MISCELLANIES.

All's well that ends well,

CHAPTER

XXI.

Milward.

Unpromising fable to All's well that ends well.-Shakspeare's creative power. · Revival of this comedy in 1741. — Sickness of Mrs. Woffington. - Death of Milward.-His character.-Superftition of the actors. -Parolles.- Macklin and The. Cibber. Chapman and Berry commended. All's well that ends well revived by Garrick. — Diftribution of the parts.— Abufe of wardship. - Fafcinating power of certain worthless characters. Swift, and Lord Rivers.-Word Chriften

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Helen's defcription of Parolles. Definition of clown, or fool.-His occupation. Defcription from Johnfon and Stee¬ vens. B. Jonfon and Fletcher. ShakSpeare's fuperior knowledge of nature and the qualities of his auditors.

Fonfon not a-
His Sejanus

verfe to mirth in tragedy.
and Catiline. Condition of phyficians in
England, France, and Germany. Helen's
delicacy.

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A Phyfician's daughter curing a king,

diftempered with a fiftula, by a re

eipe of her dead father, is the history on which this play is founded; a plot strange and unpromising. But the genius of Shakfpeare meets with no obftacle 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 fituations in which they are placed. Parolles and Lafeu are admirable contrasts, from the collifion of

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