Almanzor and Almahide. Marriage a la Mode. the Assignation

Almanzor and Almahide. Marriage a la Mode. the Assignation

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...beyond the ordinary lowness of my comedies, I ought wholly to acknowledge it to the favour of being admitted into your Lordship's conversation. And not only I, who pretend not to this way, but the best comic writers of our age, will join with me to acknowledge, that they have copied the gallantries of By this lively sketch, some judgment may be formed of the effect produced by the character of Melantha, when ably represented; but, to say the truth, we could hardly have drawn the same deduction from a simple perusal of the piece. Of the French phrases, which the affected lady throws into her conversation, some have been since naturalised, as good graces, minuet, chagrin, grimace, ridicule, and others. Little can be said of the tragic part of the drama. The sudden turn of fortune in the conclusion is ridiculed in "The Rehearsal." The researches of Mr. Malone have ascertained that "Marriage a la Mode" was first acted in I675, in an old theatre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, occupied by the King's com pany, after that in Drury Lane had been burned, and during its re-building. The play was printed in the same year. Scott's general undervaluing of Dryden's comic pieces is very evident in this notice. I do not think that any one who has read the play will assign the success of Melantha's part entirely to Mrs. Montfort; and I do think that such a reader will see in that part the suggestion, however faint and rudimentary, of Congreve's immortal Millamant. Doralice, though she did not prove in the same way mother to a./ilia pulchrior, is even more attractive in herself. Her philosophy of flirtation (it can hardly be called love) in the last scene with Palamede is admirable, and it is perhaps worth more

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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 249g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236986148
  • 9781236986146