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BROTHERS;

A COMEDY,

IN FIVE ACES;

By RICHARD CUMBERLAND, Esg.

AS PERFORMED AT THE

THEATRE ROYAL, COVENT GARDEN.

PRINTED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE MANAGERS

FROM THE PROMPT BOOK.

WITH REMARKS

BY MRS. INCHBALD.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, AND ORME,

PATERNOSTER ROW.

WILLIAM SAVAGE, PRINTER,

BEDFORD BURY.

BROTHERS;

A COMEDY,

IN FIVE ACES;

By RICHARD CUMBERLAND, Esg.

AS PERFORMED AT THE

THEATRE ROYAL, COVENT GARDEN.

PRINTED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE MANAGERS

FROM THE PROMPT BOOK.

WITH REMARKS

BY MRS. INCHBALD.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, AND ORME,

PATERNOSTER ROW.

English Cannes 4-25-22 45470

REMARKS.

This comedy made its appearance at Covent Garden theatre, in 1769, and pleased the town so well, that it merely sunk into neglect, when the author, two seasons after, banished his own, and all other comedies, of that period, from the stage, by the splendid success of his “ West Indian.”

With all the merit which “ The Brothers” possesses, and which is of no small account, it is instructive to observe, with how much judgment Mr. Cumberland corrected in his second play, all those faults he had committed in the first.

The language of “ The West Indian" is wholly refined, and every idea it contains, perfectly delicate. The youthful parts are there rendered brilliant, as well as interesting; and wit and humour are not confined, as here, to the mean, or the vulgar; but skilfully bestowed on persons of pleasing forms and polite

Herein is the difficulty, which divides, like a gulf, the superior, from the inferior, dramatist.

To give blunt repartee, or other humorous dialogue, to characters in low life; to produce variety of comic accidents, by which a petty tradesman, a sailor, or a country clown, shall raise a peal of laughter, is

manners.

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