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... in spite of them. But, tragedy apart, it may be inquired whether, in certain
characters in comedy, especially those which are a little extravagant, or which
involve some notion repugnant to the moral sense, it is not a proof STAGE
repugnant to the moral sense, it is not a proof of the highest skill in the comedian
when, without absolutely appealing to an audience, he keeps up a tacit
understanding with them ; and makes them, unconsciously to themselves, a party
in the ...
When Gatty acts an old man, is he angry indeed ? or only a pleasant counterfeit,
just enough of a likeness to recognise, without pressing upon us the uneasy
sense of reality ? Comedians, paradoxical as it may seem, may be too natural.
... thou didst play thy brief antics amongst us, was in truth any thing but a prison to
thee, as the vain Platonist dreams of this body to be no better than a county gaol,
forsooth, or some house of durance vile, whereof the five senses are the fetters.
Waiving his great loss as nothing, and magnificently sinking the sense of fallen
material grandeur in the more liberal resentment of depreciations done to his
more lofty intellectual pretensions, " Have you heard " (his customary exordium)
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Oh, my, these are hilarious! A collection of essays by Lamb's imaginary friend, an eclectic, off-beat and highly opinionated persona. The preface, bemoaning the death of the imaginary friend while ... Read full review