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Ay, 'twas but a dream, for now there's no retreating,
[Taking a jump through the stage door.
[The “Good-Natured Man” was first performed at Covent Garden Theatre on the 29th of January 1768. Goldsmith seems to have taken the hint of the character from whom the play is named from the lover of the unfortunate Miss Braddock, in his own Life of Beau Nash, see vol. iii.
295. “ Dr. Johnson," says Boswell, “ pronounced it to be the best comedy that had appeared since ‘The Provoked Husband,' and declared that there had not been of late any such character exhibited on the stage as that of Croaker. I observed, it was the Suspirius of his Rambler. He said Goldsmith had owned he had borrowed it from thence."-See Life, ch. xvii.]