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Página 198 - The author who will make me weep, says Horace, must first weep himself. In reality, no man can paint a distress well, which he doth not feel while fie is painting it ; nor do I doubt, but that the most pathetic and affecting scenes have been writ with tears. In the same manner it is with the ridiculous. I am convinced I never make my reader laugh heartily, but where I have laughed before him...
Página 229 - The beauty of Jones highly charmed her eye, but as she could not see his heart, she gave herself no concern about it. She could feast heartily at the table of love without reflecting that some other already had been, or hereafter might be, feasted with the same repast. A sentiment which, if it deals but little in refinement deals, however, much in substance, and is less capricious and perhaps less ill-natured and selfish than the desires of those females who can be contented enough to abstain from...
Página 237 - Juvenal ; nor do I, indeed, conceive the good purposes served by inserting characters of such angelic perfection, or such diabolical depravity, in any work of invention ; since, from contemplating either, the mind of man: is more likely to .be overwhelmed with sorrow and shame than to draw any good uses from such patterns...
Página 95 - For though every good author will confine himself within the bounds of probability, it is by no means necessary that his characters, or his incidents, should be trite, common, or vulgar ; such as happen in every street, or in every house, or which may be met with in the home articles of a newspaper.
Página 404 - Place me where never summer breeze Unbinds the glebe, or warms the trees ; Where ever lowering clouds appear, And angry Jove deforms th' inclement year. " ' Place me beneath the burning ray, Where rolls the rapid car of day ; Love and the nymph shall charm my toils, The nymph who sweetly speaks, and sweetly smiles." Mr. FRANCIS. " Why then here's Miss Lalage's health with all my heart,
Página 91 - To say the truth, if the historian will confine himself to what really happened, and utterly reject any circumstance, which, though never so well attested, he must be well assured is false, he will sometimes fall into the marvellous, but never into the incredible.
Página 88 - First, then, I think it may very reasonably be required of every writer, that he keeps within the bounds of possibility ; and still remembers that what it is not possible for man to perform, it is scarce possible for man to believe he did perform.
Página 308 - I made no doubt but that his designs ' were strictly honourable, as the phrase is ; that is, to ' rob a lady of her fortune by way of marriage.
Página 2 - ... the theatrical stage is nothing more than a representation, or, as Aristotle calls it, an imitation of what really exists; and hence, perhaps, we might fairly pay a very high compliment to those who by their writings or actions have been so capable of imitating life, as to have their pictures in a manner confounded with, or mistaken for, the originals.