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" His scenes exhibit not much of humour, imagery, or passion : his personages are a kind of intellectual gladiators; every sentence is to ward or strike; the contest of smartness is never intermitted; his wit is a meteor playing to and fro with alternate... "
A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and ... - Page 16
by John Burke - 1835
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The British essayists; with prefaces by A. Chalmers, Volume 42

British essayists - 1803
...supposed to consist in gay remarks and unexpected answers — that his scenes exhibit not much of humour, imagery or passion; his personages are a kind of intellectual gladiators; every sentence is to ward or strike ; the contest of smartness is never intermitted ; and his wit is a meteor playing to and fro with alternate...
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The Monthly Mirror: Reflecting Men and Manners: With Strictures ..., Volume 18

1804
...ingenious M. Diderot, in his observations upon dramatic * Dr. Johnson says of him, in his life, that, " his personages are a kind of intellectual gladiators; every sentence is to warri, or to strike ; the contest of smartness ia never intermitted; his wit is a meteor, playing to...
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The Lives of the Most Celebrated English Poets, with Criticisms. Extracted ...

Samuel Johnson - 1805 - 312 pages
...but that which he endeavoured he seldom failed of performing. His scenes exhibit not much of humour, imagery, or passion : his personages are a kind of...intellectual gladiators; every sentence is to ward or strike; the contest of smartness is never intermitted; his wit is a meteor playing to and fro with alternate...
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The British Essayists;: Observer

Alexander Chalmers - English essays - 1807
...critic and biographer is pro. nouncing upon the poet Congreve. ' His scenes exhibit not much of humour, imagery, or passion : his personages are a kind of...intellectual gladiators; every sentence is to ward or strike; the contest of smartness is never intermitted ; his wit is a meteor playing to and fro, with alternate...
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The British Essayists;: Observer

Alexander Chalmers - English essays - 1807
...remarks and unexpected answers — that his scenes exhibit not much of humour, imagery or passion ; Jiis personages are a kind of intellectual gladiators ; every sentence is to ward or strike ; the contest of smartness is never intermitted ; and his wit is a meteor playing to and fro with alternate...
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Observations on our principal dramatic authors. The school for husbands, a ...

James Mason - 1809
...but that which he endeavoued, he seldom failed of performing. His scenes exhibit not much of humour, imagery, or passion : his personages are a kind of...intellectual gladiators ; every sentence is to ward or strike ; the contest of smartness is never intermitted ; his wit is a meteor playing to and fro with alternate...
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Prior. Congreve. Blackmore. Fenton. Gay. Granville. Yalden. Tickell. Hammond ...

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1810
...but that which he endeavoured, he seldom failed of performing. His scenes exhibit not much of humour, imagery, or passion ; his personages are a kind of...intellectual gladiators ; every sentence is to ward or strike ; the contest of smartness is never intermitted ; his wit is a meteor playing to and fro with alternate...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 10

Samuel Johnson - 1810
...but that which he endeavoured, he seldom failed of performing. His scenes exhibit not much of humour, imagery, or passion : his personages are a kind of...intellectual gladiators ; every sentence is to ward or strike ; the contest of smartness is never intermitted ; his wit is a meteor playing to and fro with alternate...
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Works, Volume 10

Samuel Johnson - 1811
...endeavoured he seldom failed of performing. His scenes exhibit not much of humour, imagery, or "passiqn : his personages are a kind of intellectual gladiators ; every sentence is to ward or strike ; the contest of smartness is never intermitted ; his wit is a meteor playing to and fro with alternate...
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Lectures on rhetoric and belles lettres, Volume 3

Hugh Blair - 1811
...they introduce, is particularly remarkable. Nothing can * Dr. Johnson says of him, in his Life, that " his personages " are a kind of intellectual gladiators; every sentence is to ward, " or to strike ; the contest of smartness is never intermitted ; his " wit is a meteor, playing to and fro,...
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