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" His characters are not modified by the customs of particular places, unpractised by the rest of the world, by the peculiarities of studies or professions which can operate but upon small numbers, or by the accidents of transient fashions or temporary... "
The British Nepos; or, Youth's mirror: lives of illustrious Britons - Page 142
by William Fordyce Mavor - 1816
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The Tragedy of King Lear: With Classic and Contemporary Criticisms

William Shakespeare - Literary Criticism - 2008 - 340 pages
...operate but upon small numbers; or by the accidents of transient fashions or temporary opinions: they are the genuine progeny of common humanity, such as...character is too often an individual; in those of Shakespeare it is commonly a species. It is from this wide extension of design that so much instruction...
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Deception and Detection in Eighteenth-century Britain

John T. Lynch - Literary Criticism - 2008 - 218 pages
...spoken or acted on the same occasion." His characters are "consistent, natural and distinct"; they "act and speak by the influence of those general passions...the whole system of life is continued in motion"; they are, in short, plausibly motivated.44 And what appeared in Shakespeare had a strong influence...
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