Sir John Vanbrugh

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T.F. Unwin, 1896 - Dramatists, English - 501 pages
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Page 2 - What things have we seen Done at the Mermaid! Heard words that have been So nimble and so full of subtle flame As if that every one from whence they came Had meant to put his whole wit in a jest, And had resolved to live a fool the rest Of his dull life.
Page 32 - I mean to speak of him in the language of our art. To speak then of Vanbrugh in the language of a Painter, he had originality of invention, he understood light and shadow, and had great skill in composition. To support his principal...
Page 293 - I change my mind ; for, o' my conscience, wer't not for your affair in the balance, I should go near to pick up some odious man of quality yet, and only take poor Heartfree for a gallant. Lady Brute. Then him you must have, however things go ? Bel.
Page 87 - I'll then convince you you have none, by making it no longer so. Know then, I...
Page 30 - Van's taste was always odd; his inclination to ruins has given him a fancy for Mrs. Yarborough; he sighs and ogles so, that it would do your heart good to see him; and she is not a little pleased, in so small a proportion of men amongst such a number of women, that a whole man should fall to her share. My dear, adieu. My service to Mr. Congreve.
Page 209 - What reason have I given you to use me as you do of late? It once was otherwise: you married me for love. SIR JOHN And you me for money: so you have your reward, and I have mine.
Page 107 - To-night! Aman. Yes, to-night. Ber. Why, the people where I lodge will think me mad. Aman. Let 'em think what they please.
Page 266 - Committee,"1 a merry but indifferent play, only Lacy's part, an Irish footman, is beyond imagination. Here I saw my Lord Falconbridge,2 and his lady, my Lady Mary Cromwell, who looks as well as I have known her, and well clad : but when the house began to fill, she put on her vizard,3 and so kept it on all the play; which of late is become a great fashion among the ladies, which hides their whole face.
Page 209 - twou'd be ; But I thought I had Charms enough to govern him ; and that where there was an Estate, a Woman must needs be happy; so my Vanity has deceiv'd me, and my Ambition has made me uneasie.
Page 323 - JOHN. Like a woman of spirit, sir, a great spirit. Give me a box and dice. Seven's the main. Oons! sir, I set you a hundred pound!— Why, do you think women are married nowadays to sit at home and mend napkins?

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