Shakespeare's Plays; With His Life. Illustrated with Many Hundred Wood-Cuts, Executed by H.W. Hewet, After Designs by Kenny Meadows, Harvey, and Others Volume 1

Shakespeare's Plays; With His Life. Illustrated with Many Hundred Wood-Cuts, Executed by H.W. Hewet, After Designs by Kenny Meadows, Harvey, and Others Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...in the law of nature but I may snap at him.' This is showing himself abominably dissolute: the laborious arts of fraud, which he practices on Shallow to induce the loan of a thousand pounds, create disgust; and the more, as we are sensible this money was never likely to be paid back, as we are told that was, of which the travellers had been robbed. It is true, we feel no pain for Shallow, he being a very bad character, as would fully appear, if he were unfolded; but Falstaff's deliberation in fraud is not, on that account, more excusable. The event of the old king's death draws him out almost into detestation: --' Master Robert Shallow, choose what office thou wilt in the laud, --'tis thine. I am Fortune's steward; let us take any man's horses. The laws of England are at my commandment. Happy are they who have been my friends; and woe to my Lord ChiefJustice.' After thia, we ought not to complain if we gee poetic justice duly executed upon him, and that he is finally given up to shame and dishonour.'"--Charles A. Brown. The "Essay on the Character of Falstaff," above quoted, was written by Maurice Morgann, whose life was spent chiefly in diplomatic and political pursuits, and whose name is connected with America, by having been the secretary of the embassy for the treaty of peace of 1783, acknowledging the independence of the United States, and by his being afterwards employed in forming the colonial governments of Canada. The "Essay" was first printed in 1777, and at the time attracted universal attention. The author found the popular opinion of Falstaff formed upon the exaggerations of the stage of that day, consisting chiefly in furnishing food for merriment, by his cowardice, his lies, and his disasters, without much...show more

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  • Paperback | 542 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 28mm | 957g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236524160
  • 9781236524164