Moliere has built a play on nearly the same foundation, which is much superior to the present. Marston, among other topics of satire, has a fling at the pseudo-critics and philosophers of his time, who were 'full of wise saws and modern instances.' The disguise of Hercules as the Fawn, is assumed voluntarily, and he is comparatively a calm and dispassionate observer of the times. Malevole's disguise in the Malcontent has been forced upon him by usurpation and injustice, and his invectives are accordingly more impassioned and virulent. Candido, the good-natured man of this play, is a character of inconceivable quaintness and simplicity.