A discourse upon comedy: The recruiting officer and The beaux stratagem (Google eBook)

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D. C. Heath & co., 1914 - 358 pages
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Page 204 - Sir, I have now in my cellar ten tun of the best ale in Staffordshire ; 'tis smooth as oil, sweet as milk, clear as amber, and strong as brandy ; and will be just fourteen year old the fifth day of next March, old style.
Page 23 - The Rules of English Comedy don't lie in the Compass of Aristotle, or his Followers, but in the Pit, Box, and Galleries.
Page 225 - ... about the room, like sick passengers in a storm, he comes flounce into bed, dead as a salmon into a fishmonger's basket; his feet cold as ice, his breath hot as a furnace, and his hands and his face as greasy as his flannel night-cap.
Page 205 - At a meal, you mean, if one may guess your sense by your bulk. Bon. Not in my life, sir : I have fed purely upon ale ; I have eat my ale, drank my ale, and I always sleep upon ale.
Page 224 - O Sister, Sister! if ever you marry, beware of a sullen, silent sot, one that's always musing, but never thinks. There's some diversion in a talking blockhead; and since a woman must wear chains, I would have the pleasure of hearing 'em rattle a little.
Page 323 - sdeath and hell! my old acquaintance. Now unless Aimwell has made good use of his time, all our fair machine goes souse into the sea like the Eddystone.
Page 211 - Arch. Why, faith, if this prospect fails, it must e'en come to that. I am for venturing one of the hundreds, if you will, upon this knight-errantry ; but, in case it should fail, we'll reserve the t'other to carry us to some counterscarp.
Page 206 - I don't know how, sir. She would not let the ale take its natural course, sir ; she was for qualifying it every now and then with a dram, as the saying is ; and an honest gentleman that came this way from Ireland, made her a present of a dozen bottles of usquebaugh but the poor woman was never well after ; but, however, I was obliged to the gentleman, you know.
Page 45 - Majesty, and pull down the French king: if any prentices have severe masters, any children have undutiful parents: if any servants have too little wages, or any husband too much wife: let them repair to the noble Serjeant Kite, at the sign of the Raven in this good town of Shrewsbury, and they shall receive present relief and entertainment...
Page 216 - I'll count it to you after Supper; but be sure you lay it where I may have it at a Minute's warning; for my Affairs are a little dubious at present, perhaps I may be gone in half an Hour, perhaps I may be your Guest till the best part of that be spent; and pray order your Ostler to keep my Horses always sadled; but one thing above the rest I must beg, that you would let this Fellow have none of your "Anno Domini," as you call it; For he's the most insufferable Sot.

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