The Edinburgh Dramatic Review, Volumes 3-4

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James L. Huie., 1823
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Page 57 - The pretended madness of Hamlet causes much mirth', the mournful distraction of Ophelia fills the heart with tenderness, and every personage produces the effect intended, from the apparition that in the first Act chills the blood with horror, to the fop in the last, that exposes affectation to just contempt.
Page 57 - Hamlet the praise of variety. The incidents are so numerous, that the argument of the play would make a long tale. The scenes are interchangeably diversified with merriment and solemnity ; with merriment, that includes judicious and instructive observations ; and solemnity, not strained by poetical violence above the natural sentiments of man. New characters appear from time to time in continual succession, exhibiting various forms of life and particular modes of conversation. The pretended madness...
Page 57 - The apparition left the regions of the dead to little purpose ; the revenge which he demands is not obtained, but by the death of him that was required to take it...
Page 102 - He seemed extremely anxious to spare the feelings of Mrs. Kemble. Dr. Schole, with the assistance of his old attached servant George, helped him to his bed ; and in the act of conducting him there, a second attack took place, so suddenly, that his clothes were obliged to be cut asunder in order that he might the more speedily be let blood. But nature was fast exhausting ; nor could he ever make use of his speech after a few words he uttered on Dr.
Page 191 - Listen to the Editor. — Sir, My benefit takes place this evening, at Covent Garden Theatre, and I doubt not will be splendidly attended. Several parties in the first circle of fashion were made, the moment it was announced. I shall perform Fogrum in The Slave...
Page 57 - If the dramas of Shakespeare were to be characterised, each by the particular excellence which distinguishes it from the rest, we must allow to the tragedy of Hamlet the praise of variety. The incidents are so numerous, that the argument of the play would make a long tale.
Page 197 - ... much of a certain description of the company. No man of delicacy would wish the female part of his family to be exposed to such scenes ; no man of sense would wish to put youth, of the male sex, in the way of such temptation.
Page 102 - ... uttered on Dr. Schole's arrival. He, however, assented or dissented by signs of the head until within two hours of his complete extinction. His last intelligible words were
Page 82 - Detest the works of nature, loathe mankind; Like me, with cries distracted fill the air, , Tear her poor bosom, rend her frantic hair, And prove the torments of the last despair. (Exit) ACT V SCENE: The street Enter BELLMOUR and DUMONT, or SHORE SH. You saw her then? BELL. I met her, as returning In solemn penance from the public cross.
Page 90 - With a more riotous appetite. Down from the waist they are centaurs, Though women all above: But to the girdle do the gods inherit, Beneath is all the fiends; there's hell, there's darkness, there is the sulphurous pit, burning, scalding, stench, consumption; — Fie, fie, fie! pah; pah! Give me an ounce of civet, good apothecary, to sweeten my imagination: there's money for the'e.

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