Living Age Volume 165

Living Age Volume 165

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...him on to expose the absolute vindictiveness of his nature, and at precisely the right moment giving affairs the sudden turn which brings good out of evil. We should think of the young doctor less as an interpreter of the law than as an exquisite artist in the affairs of life. It may seem strange that in plays later in the chronological order than " The Merchant of Venice," this refinement of portraiture is not maintained, and that ruder and more boisterous types of woman hood appear. Shakespeare was led away from romantic comedy by'the historical plays, and after " Henry the Fourth " and "Henry the Fifth" he transferred some of the roughness and realism of the lower scenes of the historical drama to the region of comedy. But as regards "The Taming of the Shrew " (whatever its date may be) we must bear in mind that Shakespeare worked upon the lines of an older play. And Kate the curst, presently to become the most loyal of wives, is a good broad comedy figure, far more original and laughter-moving than the affectionate scold Adriana in "The Comedy of Errors." There is a gale of high spirits and good-humor blowing through the piece. We have not a grain of pity to spare for Kate, who is far better pleased to find a conqueror than herself to conquer. Men must be such poor creatures if they cannot manage with bit and bridle a headstrong girl; on the whole it is satisfactory to her to discover that there is at least one man of force and spirit in the world, and to know that he and no other has chosen her for his wife. And so Kate transfers all her boldness into the very effrontery of obedience; if she surrender at all, she must surrender unconditionally, and retain her self-will by sheer pride...
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  • Paperback | 658 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 34mm | 1,157g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236955900
  • 9781236955906