ABSTRACT

Comedy is a 'graceful ornament to the civil order; the Corinthian capital of polished society.' The wittiest remarks are always ready on the tongue, and the luckiest occasions are always at hand to give birth to the happiest conceptions. Sense makes strange havoc of nonsense. The Way of the World was the author's last and most carefully finished performance. Millamant is the perfect model of the accomplished fine lady: Come, then, the colours and the ground prepare, Dip in the rainbow, trick her off in air;Choose a firm cloud, before it falls, and in itCatch ere she change, the Cynthia of a minute. The Confederacy is a comedy of infinite contrivance and intrigue, with a matchless spirit of impudence. It is a fine careless exposi of heartless want of principle; for there is no anger or severity against vice expressed in it, as in Wycherley.