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PLAYS Of SHAKSPEARE:
A REVIEW OF HIS PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS, AND
By Mr. GARRICK, And
By THOMAS DAVIES,
IN THREE VOLUMES.
All's well that ends well,
Unpromising fable to All's well that ends well.—Shakspeare's creative power. — Revival of this comedy in 1741. — Sickness of Milward. — Mrs. Wofjington. — 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 Gar rick. — Distribution of the parts.— Abufe of wardjhip. —*- Fascinating power of certain worthless characters. — Lully, Swift, and Lord Rivers.—Word Chnfteri*' A 3 dojft.
dom. — Helen's description of Parolles. -— Definition of clown, or fool.—His occupa* tion.— Description from Johnson and Stee-> vens. — B. Jonfonand Fletcher* —* Shak~ fpeare's superior knowledge of nature and the qualities of his auditors. — fonfon not a~verfe to mirth in tragedy. — His Sejanus and Catiline. — Condition of phyfcians in England, France, and. Germany'.—~ Helen'$ delicacy.
APhysician'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 Shak-*. Jpeare meets with no obstacle from the uiit couthnefs 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 -admirable contrasts, from the collision