The critic: or, A tragedy rehearsed; a dramatic piece in two acts

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Pub. under the supervision of A.A. Gammell, 1908 - Drama - 44 pages

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Page 17 - ... a very industrious tradesman, I was twice burnt out, and lost my little all both times : I lived upon those fires a month. I soon after was confined by a most excruciating disorder, and lost the use of my limbs : that told very well ; for I had the case strongly attested, and went about to collect the subscriptions myself.
Page 10 - No, quite the contrary ! their abuse is, in fact, the best panegyric— I like it of all things. An author's reputation is only in danger from their support. Sneer.
Page 17 - I made some occasional attempts at felo de se ; but as I did not find those rash actions answer, I left off killing myself very soon. Well, sir, — at last, what with bankruptcies, fires, gouts, dropsies, imprisonments, and other valuable calamities, having got together a pretty handsome sum, I determined to quit a business which had always gone rather against my conscience...
Page 40 - Puff. Why, by that shake of the head, he gave you to understand that even though they had more justice in their cause, and wisdom in their measures — yet, if there was not a greater spirit shown on the part of the people, the country would at last fall a sacrifice to the hostile ambition of the Spanish monarchy. Sneer. The devil! did he mean all that by shaking his head? Puff. Every word of it — if he shook his head as I taught him.
Page 16 - But pray, Mr. Puff, what first put you on exercising your talents in this way ? PUFF. Egad, sir, sheer necessity ! — the proper parent of an art so nearly allied to invention.
Page 16 - To those -whom Providence hath blessed with affluence ! Sneer. Oh, I understand you. Puff. And, in truth, I deserved what I got 1 for, I suppose never man went through such a series of calamities in the same space of time. Sir, I was five times made a bankrupt, and reduced from a state of affluence, by a train of unavoidable misfortunes : then, sir...
Page 9 - Oh, if Mr. Dangle read it, that's quite another affair ! But I assure you, Mrs. Dangle, the first evening you can spare me three hours and a half, I'll undertake to read you the whole from beginning to end, with the prologue and epilogue, and allow time for the music between the acts.
Page 14 - Sneer. Well, I'll explain that — the less time we lose in hearing them the better — for that, I suppose, is what they are brought here for.
Page 9 - The newspapers ! Sir, they are the most villainous — licentious — abominable — infernal — not that I ever read them. No; I make it a rule never to look into a newspaper.
Page 7 - Besides, I can tell you it is not always so safe to leave a play in the hands of those who write themselves. Sneer — What! they may steal from them, hey, my dear Plagiary ? Sir Fretful — Steal! To be sure they may; and egad, serve your best thoughts as gipsies do stolen children, — disfigure them to make 'em pass for their own.

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