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" In his comic scenes he is seldom very successful when he engages his characters in reciprocations of smartness and contests of sarcasm; their jests are commonly gross and their pleasantry licentious; neither his gentlemen nor his ladies have much delicacy,... "
Poems, with illustrative remarks [ed. by W.C. Oulton]. To which is prefixed ... - Page xxvii
by William Shakespeare - 1804
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.

Samuel Johnson, Arthur Murphy - English literature - 1820
...successful, when he engages his characters in reciprocations of smartness and contests of sarcasm ; their jests are commonly gross, and their pleasantry licentious;...from his clowns by any appearance of refined manners. Whether he represented the real conversation of his time is not easy to determine : the reign of Elizabeth...
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The Plays and Poems of William Shakspeare: With the Corrections ..., Volume 1

William Shakespeare - 1821
...successful, when he engages his characters in reciprocations of smartness and contests of sarcasm ; their je'sts are commonly gross, and their pleasantry licentious...his clowns by any [appearance of refined manners. Whether he represented the real conversation of his time is not easy to determine ; the reign of Elizabeth...
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The Plays and Poems of William Shakspeare, Volume 1

William Shakespeare - Theatre - 1821
...have been always some modes of gayety preferable to others, and a writer ought to choose the best. In tragedy his performance seems constantly to be...exigence forces out, are for the most part striking and energetick; but whenever he solicits his invention, or strains his faculties, the offspring of his...
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The plays of William Shakspeare, pr. from the text of the ..., Volume 1

William Shakespeare - 1823
...successful, when he engages his characters in reciprocations of smartness and contests of sarcasm ; their jests are commonly gross, and their pleasantry licentious...from his clowns by any appearance of refined manners. Whether he represented the real conversation of his time is not easy to determine ; the reign of Elizabeth...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.

Samuel Johnson - 1823 - 436 pages
...successful, when he engages his characters in reciprocations of smartness and contests of sarcasm : their jests are commonly gross, and their pleasantry licentious...from his clowns by any appearance of refined manners. Whether he represented the real conversation of his time is not easy to determine : the reign of Elizabeth...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 10

Samuel Johnson - 1823
...successful, when he engages his characters in reciprocations of smartness and contests of sarcasm : their jests are commonly gross, and their pleasantry licentious; neither his gentlemen nor his ladies have mueh delicacy, nor are sufficiently distinguished from his clowns by any appearance of refined manners....
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The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare, in Ten Volumes: The author's life ...

William Shakespeare - 1823
...successful when he engages his characters in reciprocations of smartness and contests of sarcasm ; their jests are commonly gross, and their pleasantry licentious ; neither his gentlemen nor his ladies ha^*e much delicacy, nor are sufficiently distinguished from his clowns by any appearance of refined...
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Elegant Extracts: Or, Useful and Entertaining Pieces of Poetry

Vicesimus Knox - English prose literature - 1824 - 788 pages
...have been always some modes of gaiety preferable to others, and a writer ought to choose the best. the chief good of man, death the extinction of his...being; and placed their happiness, consequently, in on time or place. The plots are often so loosely formed, forces out, are for the most part striking...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson: Miscellaneous pieces

Samuel Johnson - English literature - 1825
...successful, when he engages his characters in reciprocations of smartness and contests of sarcasm ; their jests are commonly gross, and their pleasantry licentious...from his clowns by any appearance of refined manners. Whether he represented the real conversation of his time is not easy to determine ; the reign of Elizabeth...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson: Miscellaneous pieces

Samuel Johnson - English literature - 1825
...court, precisely such as modern fastidiousness would assign to the " fair vestal throned by the west." In tragedy his performance seems constantly to be...exigence forces out, are, for the most part, striking and energetick; but whenever he solicits his invention, or strains his faculties, the offspring of his...
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