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CONSISTING OF

CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS

DN SEVERAL

PLAYS Of SHAKSPEARE:

WITH

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

AS KZPRISENTID

By Mr. GARRICK, And
OTHER CELEBRATED COMEDIANS.
With Anecdotes Of Dramatic Poets, Actors, &c.

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

IN THREE VOLUMES.
VOL. II.

LONDON:
Printed for the AUTHOR, and sold at his Shop, in
Great Russell-street, Covent-carden.

M.DCC.LXXXIII.

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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 Mi/ward. Mrs. Wofstngton. 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.Abufe of ward/hip. Fascinating power of certain worthless characters. Lully, Swift, and Lord Rivers.—-Word ChristenA 3 dom.

dom.— Helen's description of Parolles. —* Definition of clown, or fool.—His occupation.-— Description from Johnson and Sfeevens. B. Jonfon and Fletcher. Shakeare's superior knowledge of nature and the qualities of his auditors. —• Jonfon not a~ verse to mirth in tragedy. His Sejanus and Catiline. Condition of physicians in England, France, and Germany,-TM- Helen's; 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 Shakspeare meets with no obstacle from the uncouthnefs 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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