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A REVIEW OF HIS PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS, AND

THOSE OF VARIOUS EMINENT WRITERS,

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REPRESENTED

BY

MR.

G ARRICK, AND
OTHER CELEBRATED COMEDIANS.

WITH ANECDOTES OF DRAMATIC POETS, ACTORS, &c.

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LONDON:
Printed for the AUTHOR, and sold at his Shop, in

GREAT RUSSELL-STREET, COVENT-GARDEN.

M.DCC.LXXXIII.

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D R Α Μ Α Τ Ι Ο

MISCELL A NIE S.

All's well that ends well.

CHAPTER

XXI.

Unpromising fable to All's well that ends

well. - Shakspeare's creative power. - Revival of this comedy in 1741. - Sickness of Milward. Mrs. Woffington. - Death of Milward.His character. --Superstition of the actors. - Parolles.- Macklin and The. Cibber, - Chapman and Berry commended.

All's well that ends well revived by Garrick. Distribution of the parts.-- Abuse of wardship. Fascinating power of certain worthless characters. Lully, Swift, and Lord Rivers.-Word Christen

dom,

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vens.

dom. Helen's description of Parolles. Definition of clown, or fool.-His occupation.-- Defcription from Johnson and Stee

B. Jonson and Fletcher, Shaka fpeare's superior knowledge of nature and the qualities of his auditors. - Fonfon not averse to mirth in tragedy. His Sejanus and Catiline, Condition of physicians in England, France, and Germany.--Helen's delicacy.

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Physician's daughter curing a king,

distempered with a fistula, by a recipe of her dead father, is the history on which this play is founded ; a plot strange and unpromising. But the genius of Shakspeare 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 situations in which they are placed. Parolles and Lafeu are admirable contrasts, from the collision

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