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Page 14 - I am never so well pleased as when a judicious critic points out any defect to me; for what is the purpose of showing a work to a friend, if you don't mean to profit by his opinion ? Sneer — Very true. Why then, though I seriously admire the piece upon the whole, yet there is one small objection; which, if you'll give me leave, I'll mention.
Page 15 - Or, if I made any objection, I am sure it was to nothing in the piece ; but that I was afraid it was, on the whole, a little too long.
Page 19 - Sneer. Why, he roundly asserts that you have not the slightest invention or original genius whatever, though you are the greatest traducer of all other authors living. Sir F.
Page 20 - Ha! Sneer. In short, that even the finest passages you steal are of no service to you ; for the poverty of your own language prevents their assimilating, so that they lie on the surface like lumps of marl on a barren moor, encumbering what it is not in their power to fertilize.
Page 16 - 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...
Page 31 - Your servant, sir: no, I thank you. 'Gad, I go to a play as to a country treat; I carry my own wine to one, and my own wit to t'other, or else I'm sure I should not be merry at either. And the reason why we are so often louder than the players, is, because we think we speak more wit, and so become the poet's rivals in his audience...
Page 26 - Faith, dear, not that I care one pin for their talk there; but I like to look upon the player-men, and would see, if I could, the gallant you say loves me: that's all, dear bud.
Page 49 - Lord, what d'ye make a fool of me for? Don't I know that letters are never writ but from the country to London, and from London into the country? Now he's in town, and I am in town too ; therefore I can't write to him, you know.
Page 16 - Tis very well; but I'll keep him from doing you any harm, or me either. But here comes company; get you in, get you in. Mrs.
Page 16 - Spark. This is one of those, my pretty rogue, that are to dance at your wedding to-morrow; and him you must bid welcome ever, to what you and I have.

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