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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.: Miscellaneous pieces

Samuel Johnson - 1825
...the " fair vestal throned by the west." In tragedy his performance seems constantly to be worse, _ as his labour is more. The effusions of passion, which...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 Works of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson - English literature - 1825 - 687 pages
...contests of sarcasm : their jests are commonly gross, and thc>r 330 331 pleasantry licentious; neither Ms gentlemen nor his ladies have much delicacy, nor are...from his clowns by any appearance of refined manners. Whether he represented the real conversation of his time is Dot easy to determine : the reign of Elizabeth...
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The Dramatic Works of William Shakspeare, Volume 1

William Shakespeare - 1826
...commonly gross, and their pleasantry licentious. In tragedy, his performance seems to be constantly worse as his labour is more. The effusions of passion, which exigence forces out, are, /or the most part, striking and energetic: but whenever he solicits his invention or strains his faculties,...
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The Dramatic Works and Poems of William Shakespeare, with Notes ..., Volume 1

William Shakespeare - 1831
...commonly gross, and their pleasantry Licentious. In tragedy ^ his performance seems to be constantly worse as his labour is more. The effusions of passion, which exigence forces out, are, for the mott part, striking and energetic : but whenever he solicits his invention or strains his faculties,...
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The plays and poems of Shakspeare [according to the text of E ..., Volume 1

William Shakespeare - 1832
...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 Shakespeare: Accurately Printed from the Text ...

William Shakespeare - 1833 - 1064 pages
...successful, •hen he engages his characters in reciprocations of smartness and contests of sarcasm ; their eare nrach delicacy, nor ,are sufficiently distinguished from his clowns by any appearance of refined manners....
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The Dramatic Works and Poems of William Shakespeare, Volume 1

William Shakespeare - 1836
...commonly gross, and their pleasantry licentious. In tragedy, his performance seems to be constantly worse as his labour is more. The effusions of passion, which exigence forces outt are, for the most pirt, striking and energetic : but whenever he solicits his invention or strains...
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Complete Works: With Dr. Johnson's Preface, a Glossary, and an Account of ...

William Shakespeare - 1838 - 926 pages
...successful, when he engages his characters in reciprocations of smartness and contests of sarcasm ; their Whether he represented the real conversation of his time is not easy to determine ; the reign of Elizabeth...
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The complete works of William Shakspeare, with notes by the most ..., Volume 1

William Shakespeare - 1838
...successful, when he engages his characters in reciprocations of smartness and contests of sarcasm ; their l ^ T o h c l iE Whether he represented the real conversation of his time is not easy to determine; the reign of Elizabeth...
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Dramatic and Prose Miscellanies: Lucianus redivivus: or, Dialogues ...

Andrew Becket - Great Britain - 1838
...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 ladies have much delicacy, nor are sufficiently distinguished from his clowns by any appearance of...
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