Some Account of the English Stage: From the Restoration in 1660 to 1830, Nide 8

H.E. Carrington, 1832
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Sivu 229 - The truth is that the spectators are always in their senses and know from the first act to the last that the stage is only a stage and that the players are only players.
Sivu 13 - Well, well, Master Kingston," quoth he, "I see the matter against me how it is framed; but if I had served God as diligently as I have done the king, he would not have given me over in my grey hairs.
Sivu 229 - He that without diminution of any other excellence shall preserve all the unities unbroken, deserves the like applause with the architect who shall display all the orders of architecture in a citadel without any deduction from its strength. But the principal beauty of a citadel is to exclude the enemy, and the greatest graces of a play are to copy nature and instruct life.
Sivu 307 - In the course of the evening he thus gave his opinion upon the merits of some of the principal performers whom he remembered to have seen upon the stage. 'Mrs. Porter in the vehemence of rage, and Mrs. Clive in the sprightliness of humour, I have never seen equalled. What Clive did best, she did better than Garrick; but could not do half so many things well ; she was a better romp than any I ever saw in nature.
Sivu 229 - The necessity of observing the unities of time and place arises from the supposed necessity of making the drama credible. The critics hold it impossible, that an action of months or years can be possibly believed to pass in three hours ; or that the spectator can suppose himself to sit in the...
Sivu 578 - I remember the players have often mentioned it as an honour to Shakespeare, that in his writing (whatsoever he penned) he never blotted out a line. My answer hath been, "Would he had blotted a thousand," which they thought a malevolent speech.
Sivu 364 - Reg. Art thou not he to whom I told my name, and didst thou not say thine was — "Hunts. Oh blessed be the name that then thou told'st — it has been ever since my charm, and kept me from distraction. But, may I ask how such sweet excellence as thine could be hid in such a place? "Reg. Alas, I know not — for such as thou I never saw before, nor any like myself. "Hunts. Nor like thee ever shall — but would'st thou leave this place, and live with such as I am?
Sivu 397 - I have stood firm for the corps, into which I enrolled myself, and never disgraced my colours by abandoning the cause of the legitimate comedy, to whose service I am sworn, and in whose defence I have kept the field for nearly half a century...
Sivu 265 - I danced forward ; but it struck home, and here, and in an instant. Be such mere women, who with shrieks and outcries can vow a present end to all their sorrows: yet live to court new pleasures, and outlive them. They are the silent griefs which cut the heartstrings; let me die smiling.
Sivu 572 - The New Inn: or, the Light Heart, a Comedy. As it was never Acted, but most negligently Played by some, the KING'S SERVANTS; and more squeamishly beheld and censur'd by others, the KING'S SUBJECTS, 1629.

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