An Essay on Comedy and the Uses of the Comic Spirit

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Constable, 1918 - 105

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Strona 188 - There is no arguing with Johnson ; for when his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it.
Strona 210 - ... the more he will engage his attention, and the more he will charm him. As a genius of the highest rank observes in his fifth chapter of the Bathos, " The great art of all poetry is to mix truth with fiction, in order to join the credible with the surprising.
Strona 280 - The sounds and seas, with all their finny drove, Now to the moon in wavering morrice move ; And, on the tawny sands and shelves, Trip the pert fairies and the dapper elves.
Strona 192 - And for a discerning man, somewhat too passionate a lover; for I like her with all her faults, nay, like her for her faults. Her follies are so natural, or so artful, that they become her, and those affectations which in another woman would be odious serve but to make her more agreeable.
Strona 181 - D'Urfey, with a view to recommend him to the public notice for a benefitplay, tells us, that he remembered king Charles II. leaning on Tom D'Urfey's shoulder more than once, and humming over a song with him.
Strona 205 - Je voudrais bien savoir pourquoi les gens qui se scandalisent si fort de la comédie de Molière ne disent mot de celle de Scaramouche"; à quoi le prince répondit : "La raison de cela, c'est que la comédie de Scaramouche joue le Ciel et la religion, dont ces messieurs-là ne se soucient point; mais celle de Molière les joue eux-mêmes ; c'est ce qu'ils ne peuvent souffrir.
Strona 75 - MEREDITH'S ESSAY ON COMEDY With an Introduction, Notes, and Biographical Sketch by LANE COOPER Professor of English at Cornell University "Good comedies," Meredith tells us, "are such rare productions that, notwithstanding the wealth of our literature in the comic element, it would not occupy us long to run over the English list.
Strona 102 - Are you? I think I have— and the horrid man looks as if he thought so too...
Strona 280 - In regions mild of calm and serene air, Above the smoke and stir of this dim spot Which men call Earth, and, with low-thoughted care.
Strona 141 - It has the sage's brows, and the sunny malice of a faun lurks at the corners of the half-closed lips drawn in an idle wariness of half tension.

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George Meredith 1828-1909 George Meredith was born on February 12, 1828 in Portsmouth, England. He was a poet, novelist, and essayist of Victorian England and wrote 15 full-length novels, eight collections of poetry, and numerous minor works. Meredith is best known for powerful imagery, brilliant psychological insights, and carefully chosen diction. His works include The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, The Egoist, The Adventures of Harry Richmond, and Diana of the Crossways. His last collection of poems A Reading of Life, with Other Poems was published in 1901. In 1905 he was awarded the Order of Merit. He died on May 18, 1909.

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