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PORTRAIT OF OLIVER GOLDSMITH

Frontispiece CROAKER THRASHING THE POSTBOY (Good-Natur’d Man).

From an engraving published in 1805 . To face p. 72 MR. QUICK IN THE CHARACTER OF TONY LUMPKIN (She

Stoops to Conquer). From the 1780 edition of Poems
and Plays .

To face p. 158 WAKEFIELD. Engraved by J. Walker from an original

drawing by W. Turner; published in 1798 To face p. 188 GEORGE'S DEPARTURE. From an engraving by Stothard; published in 1792

To face p. 199 WAKEFIELD BRIDGE. Engraved by J. Rogers from a

drawing by N. Whittock; published in 1829 To face p. 200 CHANTRY ON THE BRIDGE AT WAKEFIELD. Engraved by

J. Rogers from a drawing by N. Whittock; published
in 1829

202 SANDAL CASTLE, NEAR WAKEFIELD. From an engraving published in 1785

To face p. 204 MR. BURCHELL READING THE BALLAD OF THE HERMIT. From an engraving in the Faris edition of 1806.

To face p. 226 DISCOVERY OF OLIVIA. From an engraving by Stothard; published in 1792

To face p. 330 PICKERING, YORKSHIRE. Engraved by J. Walker from an original drawing by J. Hornsey ; published in 1797

To face p. 354 INTERIOR OF PICKERING CASTLE. Sketched and engraved by W. Tombleson

To face p. 364 THE VICAR AND HIS FAMILY. From an engraving by Stothard; published in 1792

To face p. 414 THE DEAF POSTILION. From an engraving by George Cruikshank

To face p. 496

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ILLUSTRATIONS TO THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD'

By William Mulready, R.A., 1843

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The Wedding Dress .

187 The Vicar's Dispute with Wilmot

192 Sophia rescued from Drowning

197 Flamborough and the Piper

205 Concert in the Arbour, and Approach of Thornhill 210 Haymaking : Burchell and Sophia

215 Dispute between Moses and Thornhill

220 Dining in the Hay-field

225 Too late for Church

236 Fudge !

241 Moses going to the Fair

246 The Vicar showing his horse Blackberry

252 Burchell's Pocket-book found

258 Nearly of a Size

263 The Elopement

270 The Vicar, the Stroller, and the entrance of Arabella Wilmot 276 George bribing the Servant

283 Mr. Crispe's Office

292 George entertaining the Cottagers

298 Olivia, Thornhill, and the young Baronet

308 The Fire

324 Olivia's Misery

334 The Cattle driven for the Rent

339 Attempt to Rescue

345 The Vicar paying his Footing

351 The First Exhortation

357 Reformation

363 Abduction of Sophia

368 Sermon in the Cell

380 Return of Sophia

386 Conviction of Thornhill

395 At the Altar

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PREFACE

WHEN I undertook to write a comedy, I confess I was strongly prepossessed in favour of the poets of the last age,and strove to imitate them. The term,genteel comedy, was then unknown amongst us, and little more was desired by an audience, than nature and humour, in whatever walks of life they were most conspicuous. The author of the following scenes never imagined that more would be expected of him, and therefore to delineate character has been his principal aim. Those who know any thing of composition, are sensible, that in pursuing humour, it will sometimes lead us into the recesses of the mean ; I was even tempted to look for it in the master of a spunging-house ; but in deference to the public taste, grown of late, perhaps, too delicate, the scene of the bailiffs was retrenched in the representation. In deference also to the judgment of a few friends, who think in a particular way, the scene is here restored. The author submits it to the reader in his closet; and hopes that too much refinement will not banish humour and character from ours, as it has already done from the French theatre. Indeed the French comedy is now become so very elevated and sentimental, that it has not only banished humour and Molière from the stage, but it has banished all spectators too.

Upon the whole, the author returns his thanks to the public for the favourable reception which The GoodNatur’d Man has met with : and to Mr. Colman in particular, for his kindness to it. It may not also be improper to assure any, who shall hereafter write for the theatre, that merit, or supposed merit, will ever be a sufficient passport to his protection.

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