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CONSISTING OF

CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS

PLAYS OF SHAKSPEARE:

By

ON SEVERAL

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

BY

AS

WITH

MR.

OTHER CELEBRATED COMEDIANS.

WITH ANECDOTES OF DRAMATIC POETS, ACTORS, &c.

REPRESENTED

GARRICK,

THOMAS DAVIES,

AUTHOR of MEMOIRS of the LIFE of

Es Q

DAVID GARRICK,

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M.DCC.LXXXIII.

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Printed for the AUTHOR, and fold at his Shop, in

GREAT RUSSELL-STREET, COVENT GARDEN.

BIBI

CHLOT

DRAMATIC

MISCELLANIES.

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All's well that ends well.

CHAPTER

XXI.

Unpromifing fable to All's well that ends
well.-Shakspeare's creative power. — Re-
vival of this comedy in 1741.
Milward. -Mrs. Woffington.
Milward. His character.—Superftition of

Sickness of
Death of

the actors.

Parolles. Macklin and The. Chapman and Berry commended.

Cibber.

All's well that ends well revived by Garrick. Diftribution of the parts.- Abufe of wardship. Fafcinating power of

Lully,

certain worthless characters. Swift, and Lord Rivers.-Word Chriften

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dom. Helen's defcription of Parolles. Definition of clown, or fool.-His occupation. Defcription from Johnson and Steevens. B. Jonfon and Fletcher. ShakSpeare's fuperior knowledge of nature and the qualities of his auditors. Fonfon not a

verse to mirth in tragedy.

His Sejanus

and Catiline. Condition of phyficians in England, France, and Germany. Helen's

delicacy.

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Phyfician's daughter curing a king, diftempered with a fistula, by a recipe of her dead father, is the history on which this play is founded; a plot strange and unpromifing. But the genius of Shakfpeare meets with no obstacle from the uncouthness 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 contrafts, from the collifion of

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