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CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS

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PLAYS Of SHAKSPEARE:

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A REVIEW OF HIS PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS, AND
THOSE OP VARIOUS EMINENT WRITERS,
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By Mr. GARRICK, And
OTHER CELEBRATED COMEDIANS.
With Anecdotes Of Dramatic Poets, Actors, &e.

By THOMAS DAVIES,
Author of MEMOIRS of the LIFE of
DAVID GARRICK, Esq*

IN THREE VOLUMES.
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DRAMATIC

MISCELLANIES.

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. 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

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