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of it for well bred conversation. Farquhar is a light and gay writer; less correct and less brilliant than Congreve; but he has more ease, and much of the vis comica. Like Congreve he is licentious; and modesty must turn from them both with abhorrence. The French bonst with justice of the superior decency of their stage, and speak of the English theatre with astonishment. Their philosophical writers ascribe the profligate manners of London to the indelicacy and corruption of English comedy.
Of late years a sensible reformation has taken place in English comedy. Onr writers of comedy now appear ashamed of the indecency of their predecessors. They may be inferior to Farquhar and Congreve in spirit, ease, and wit; but they have the merit of being far more innocent and moral.
To the French stage we are much indebted for this reformation. The introduction within a few years of a graver comedy in France, called the serious or tender comedy, has attracted the attention and approbation of our writers. Gaiety and ridicule are not excluded froin this species of comedy; but it lays the chief stress on tender and interesting situations.
It is sentimental, and touches the heart. It pleases not so much by the laughter it excites, as by the tears of affection and joy which it draws forth.
This form of comedy was opposed in France, as an unjustifiable innovation. It was objected by critics that it was not founded on laughter and
ridicule; but it is not necessary that all comedies be formed on one precise model. Some may be gay; some serious; and some may partake of both qualities. Serious and tender comedy has no right to exclude gaiety and ridicule from the stage. There are materials for both ; and the stage is richer for the innovation. In general, it may be considered as a mark of increasing politeness and refinement, when those theatrical exhibitions become fashionable, which are free from indelicate sentiment and an immoral tendency.
BRAIR's RHETORIC ABRIDGED.
An Experienced Teacher of Youth.
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WHAT is taste ?
How are the rudiments of taste discoverable in children?
In what is it discoverable among savages ?
infer? Is taste possessed in the same degree by all men?
To what is the inequality of taste among mankind to be ascribed ?
What tends to convince us that taste is an improvable faculty ?
Of what is a completely good taste compounded? How can we be satisfied of this ?
Upon what is the pleasure we receive from such imitation founded ?
How do we judge whether they be properly executed ?
From what does a great part of our pleasure arise in reading the Æneid of Virgil ?
To what is the discovery owing ?