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" To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity of the conduct, the confusion of the names and manners of different times, and the impossibility of the events in any system of life, were to waste criticism upon unresisting imbecility, upon faults too... "
Biographia Dramatica: Names of dramas: A-L - Page 144
by David Erskine Baker - 1812
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Lectures on Shakespeare

W. H. Auden - Drama - 2002 - 398 pages
...Coker," V. 272 "aristocrat of middlebrows, Dr. Johnson.": Johnson wrote of Cymbeline, for example: 'To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity...conduct, the confusion of the names and manners of different times, and the impossibility of the events in any system of life, were to waste criticism...
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Shakespeare: For All Time

Stanley W. Wells - Literary Collections - 2003 - 442 pages
...absurd and ridiculous to the last degree'. Johnson was to write with similar contempt of the same play: 'To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity...conduct, the confusion of the names and manners of different times, and the impossibility of the events in any system of life, were to waste criticism...
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Shakespeare Survey, Volume 18

Allardyce Nicoll - Drama - 2002 - 228 pages
...to be charitable with Cymbeline and then gives up. ' To remark the folly of the fiction', he says, 'the absurdity of the conduct, the confusion of the names and manners of different times, and the impossibility of the events in any system of life, were to waste criticism...
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Writing about Literature: Essay and Translation Skills for University ...

Judith Woolf - Education - 2005 - 172 pages
...Shakespeare's plays during the Age of Reason, sums up in one tremendous sentence the irrationality of its plot: To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity...conduct, the confusion of the names and manners of different times, and the impossibility of the events in any system of life, were to waste criticism...
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Romanticism: Romanticism and the margins

Michael O'Neill, Mark Sandy - European literature - 2006 - 394 pages
...natural dialogues, and some pleasing scenes, but they are obtained at the expence of much incongruity. To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity...conduct, the confusion of the names and manners of different times, and the impossibility of the events in any system of life, were to waste criticism...
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Special Section, Shakespeare and Montaigne Revisited

Graham Bradshaw, T. G. Bishop, Peter Holbrook - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 405 pages
...the exact opposite ofCymbeline, of which the Doctor remarked in one of his more wondrous passages: "To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity...conduct, the confusion of the names and manners of different times, and the impossibility of the events in any system of life, were to waste criticism...
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The Revisionist Stage: American Directors Reinvent the Classics

Amy S. Green - Drama - 2006 - 244 pages
...sentiments," "natural dialogues," and "pleasing scenes," Johnson had declared the play a disaster: To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity of the conduct, the confusion of the names, the manners of different times, and the impossibility of the events in any system of life, were to...
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Performing National Identity: Anglo-Italian Cultural Transactions

Manfred Pfister, Ralf Hertel - Literary Criticism - 2008 - 328 pages
...remark expresses the same bewilderment much more drastically: To remark the folly of the fiction and the absurdity of the conduct, the confusion of the names and manners of different times and the impossibility of the events in any system of life, were to waste criticism...
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Putnam's Magazine: Original Papers on Literature, Science, Art and ..., Volume 2

1858
...natural dialogues, and some pleasing scenes ; but they are obtained at the expense of much incongruity. To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity...conduct. the confusion of the names and manners of different times, and the impossibility of the events in any system of life, were to waste criticism...
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Fraser's Magazine, Volume 47

James Anthony Froude, John Tulloch - Authors - 1853
...have dismissed (Jymleiiue, for instance, with quite so contemptuous a commentaŤ that, ' to remark on the folly of the fiction, the absurdity of the conduct, the confusion of the names and manners of different times, and the impossibility of the events in any system of life, were to waste criticum...
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