"The Taylor and ..." Quote of Joseph Addison

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Taylor and the Painter often contribute to the Success of a Tragedy more than the Poet. Scenes affect ordinary Minds as much as Speeches; and our Actors are very sensible, that a well-dressed Play has sometimes brought them as full Audiences, as a well-written one.... But however the Show and Outside of the Tragedy may work upon the Vulgar, the more understanding Part of the Audience immediately see through it, and despise it.

Joseph Addison
(1672-1719), British author. The Spectator, No. 42 (1711)
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