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ciate and accomplice, who was also degradled, fined a thousand pounds, carried on horseback through the priocipal streets, with his face to the horse's tail, and imprisoned for life ;-names consecrated to never dying infamy, by the genius of Massinger. Thus has the poet consummated what the unequal hand of justice left undone. “ De mortuis nil nisi bonum" is a maxim false and pernicious in prin. ciple. If, when the wretch has lost the power of doing mischief, his name shall be held sacred and inviolate, virtue loses half its reward, and vice its punishment. By gibbeting infamy through succeeding generations, we perform an important duty to mankind, and restrain many whom neither justice, virtue, nor humanity, would have the power to restrain.
Sir Giles Overreach was not one of the late Mr. Kemble's happiest efforts. We have before remarked, that the expression of hypocrisy and malice was not his forte. In certain passages be was fally equal to himself; and the following noble images called forth his utmost energy and power :
“ Ha! I am feeble :
Cooke's performance of this difficult character was very fine. He delineated, with great force, the meanness of aspiring baseness, and the malignant joy of successful villany. Mr. Kean's conception of the part is correct, but his physical powers are unequal to sccond his conception. Thns, in the last scene, where his countenance exbibits the mingled passions of fury, madness, and despair, with almost superhuman effect, his voice sinks under the tremendous effort, and we have little else but dumb show. In his interviews with Marrall, where he unfolds his base designs, and with his daughter, where he revels in the prospect of her future greatness, be more than satisfied criticism. Munden's delineation of the sordid, unprincipled wretch, Marrall, was as nigh perfection as any piece of acting we ever bebeld. His portentous wbisper of meditated vengeance
“I may yet cry quittance,
Though now I suffer, and dare not resist ;"
and his eavage joy, when that vengeance is consummateu, in the distraction of Sir Giles, “ Is't not brave sport ?" were powerful be. yond description.
Remarks, Biographical and Critical.
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THE JEALOUS WIFE.
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Sir Giles. Cook it any way: Pr’ytbee, leave me.
Art M. Scene 3.
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