The Critic: Or, A Tragedy Rehearsed: a Farce

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Page 79 - 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.
Page 41 - But the Puff collusive is the newest of any ; for it acts in the disguise of determined hostility. It is much used by bold booksellers and enterprising poets. An indignant correspondent observes — that the new poem called "Beelzebub's Cotillon; or, Proserpine's Fete Champetre," is one of the most unjustifiable performances he ever read ! The severity with which certain characters are handled is quite shocking...
Page 37 - O lud, sir, you are very ignorant, I am afraid! — Yes, sir, puffing is of various sorts; the principal are, the puff direct, the puff preliminary, the puff collateral, the puff collusive, and the puff oblique, or puff by implication. These all assume, as circumstances require, the various forms of Letter to the Editor, Occasional Anecdote, Impartial Critique, Observation from Correspondent, or Advertisement from the Party.
Page 34 - ... their phraseology with variegated chips of exotic metaphor ; by me, too, their inventive faculties were called forth — yes, sir, by me they were instructed to clothe ideal walls with gratuitous fruits ; to insinuate obsequious rivulets into visionary groves; to teach courteous shrubs to nod their approbation of the grateful soil ; or on emergencies to raise upstart oaks, where there never had been an acorn; to create a delightful vicinage without the assistance of a neighbour ; or fix the temple...
Page ix - Sir, to conclude. Smith. What, before he begins ? Bayes. No, sir, you must know they had been talking of this a pretty while without. Smith. Where ? in the tyring-room ? Bayes. Why, ay, sir. He's so dull ! come, speak again.
Page 49 - I open with a clock striking, to beget an awful attention in the audience: it also marks the time, which is four o'clock in the morning, and saves a description of the rising sun, and a great deal about gilding the eastern hemisphere.
Page 33 - From me they learned to inlay their phraseology with variegated chips of exotic metaphor: by me too their inventive faculties were called forth: — yes, sir, by me they were instructed to clothe ideal walls with gratuitous fruits — to insinuate obsequious rivulets into visionary groves...
Page 21 - With most authors it is just so, indeed ; they are in general strangely tenacious! But, for my part, I am never so well pleased as when a judicious critic points out any defect to...
Page 37 - 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 50 - Sir Christopher. True, gallant Raleigh ! But O, thou champion of thy country's fame, There is a question which I yet must ask; A question-, which I never ask'd before — What mean these mighty armaments? This general muster? and this throng of chiefs?

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