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PLAYS Of SHAKSPEARE:
A REVIEW OP 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 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