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Araminta. Indeed I think he deserves to be

cudgelled.

Flippanta. Indeed I think he might be pumped.
Brass. Indeed I think he will be hanged.

Mrs. Amlet. Good lack-a-day! good lack-a-day! there's no need to be so smart upon him neither : if he is not a gentleman, he is a gentleman's fellow.— Come hither, Dick, they shan't run thee down neither; cock up thy hat, Dick, and tell 'em, though Mrs. Amlet is thy mother, she can make thee amends with ten thousand good pounds to buy thee some lands, and build thee a house in the midst on 't.

All. How!

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Clarissa. Ten thousand pounds, Mrs. Amlet!

Mrs. Amlet. Yes forsooth, though I should lose the hundred you pawned your necklace for.-Tell 'em of that, Dick.

Corinna. Look you, Flippanta, I can hold no longer, and I hate to see the young man abused.And so, sir, if you please, I'm your friend and servant, and what's mine is yours; and when our estates are put together, I don't doubt but we shall do as well as the best of 'em.

Dick. Sayest thou so, my little queen? Why then if dear mother will give us her blessing

They kneel to Mrs. AMLET. Mrs. Amlet. Ah-ha! ha ha! ha! the pretty pair, the pretty pair! Rise, my chickens, rise, rise and face

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the proudest of 'em. And if madam does not deign to give her consent, a fig for her, Dick !—Why, how now?

Clarissa. Pray, Mrs. Amlet, don't be in a passion, the girl is my husband's girl, and if you can have his consent, upon my word you shall have mine, for anything belongs to him.

Flippanta. Then all's peace again, but we have been more lucky than wise.

COLLEY CIBBER

BORN 1671.

DIED 1757.

CIBBER'S best service to the stage was his 'Apology for his Life,' the most entertaining and graphic record of the actors and actresses of a remarkable period that perhaps exists in any language. Cibber was a good actor, something of a fine gentleman, so far as fine clothes and foppish manners go to the 'make up' of that character. He was also one of the 'wits' of his time, and having the laws of stagecraft at his finger ends, and understanding the requirements of audiences, he was enabled to compound a successful comedy,' She wou'd and she wou'd not,' where the brisk giveand-take of the dialogue is borrowed from the dramatists of Charles II.'s age, and the bustling plot taken from a Spanish original. His comedies are the smart plays of a clever man whom circumstances, not natural genius, made a playwright. They do not quite possess the ring of true comedy.

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