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only pitched in a lower key throughout, as designed to be frustrated and concealed, and exhibiting the same profound management in the manner of familiarizing a mind, not immediately recipient, to the suggestion of guilt, by associating the proposed crime with something ludicrous or out of place-something not habitually matter of reverence. By this kind of sophistry the imagination and fancy are first bribed to contemplate the suggested act, and at length to become acquainted with it. Observe how the effect of this scene is heightened by contrast with another counterpart of it in low life-that between the conspirators Stephano, Caliban, and Trinculo, in the second scene of the third act, in which there are the same essential characteristics.
"In this play and in this scene of it are also shown the springs of the vulgar in politics-of that kind of politics which is inwoven with human nature. In his treatment of the subject, wherever it occurs, Shakespeare is quite peculiar. In 'other writers we find the particular opinions of the individual-in Massinger it is rank republicanism-in Beaumont and Fletcher even jure divino principles are carried to excess; but Shakespeare never promulgates any party tenets. He is always the philosopher and the moralist, but at the same time with a profound veneration for all the established institutions of society, and for those classes which form the permanent elements of the state-especially never introducing a professional character, as such, otherwise than as respectable. If he must have any name, he should be styled a philosophical aristocrat, delighting in those hereditary institutions which have a tendency to bind one age to another, and in that distinction of ranks
of which, althoug the advantages. good nature with with the passions tional animal. H content with hold sometimes you ma superiority, somet of the rogueries way in which he most licentious fr Trinculo and Cal characters are all results of meditati drapery and the with each other. great component p had seen that their nations were in f showed how their disproportions of in which these trut any set fashion, bu moral being, and is
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