The world hath been often compared to the theatre; and many grave writers, as well as the poets, have considered human life as a great drama, resembling, in almost every particular, those scenical representations
which Thespis is first reported to have invented, and which have been since received with so much approbation and delight in all polite countries.
Now, let me ask you girls and boys, Would you paper a room with representations of horses?
I'll explain to you, then,' said the gentleman, after another and a dismal pause, 'why you wouldn't paper a room with representations of horses.
Nevertheless, among many other representations
made to him, the housekeeper said to him, "In truth, master, if you do not keep still and stay quiet at home, and give over roaming mountains and valleys like a troubled spirit, looking for what they say are called adventures, but what I call misfortunes, I shall have to make complaint to God and the king with loud supplication to send some remedy.
He has evidently taken part of his ideas concerning it from the representations
of others, who have somewhat exaggerated its features.
It must not be, if by any fair interference of friendship, any representations
from one who had almost a mother's love, and mother's rights, it would be prevented.
His sister, too, is, I hope, convinced how little the ungenerous representations
of anyone to the disadvantage of another will avail when opposed by the immediate influence of intellect and manner.
IT IS a miserable state of mind, to have few things to desire, and many things to fear; and yet that commonly is the case of kings; who, being at the highest, want matter of desire, which makes their minds more languishing; and have many representations
of perils and shadows, which makes their minds the less clear.
The advocates for the stage have, in all ages, made this the great argument to persuade people that their plays are useful, and that they ought to be allowed in the most civilised and in the most religious government; namely, that they are applied to virtuous purposes, and that by the most lively representations, they fail not to recommend virtue and generous principles, and to discourage and expose all sorts of vice and corruption of manners; and were it true that they did so, and that they constantly adhered to that rule, as the test of their acting on the theatre, much might be said in their favour.
What can more exactly answer the rule laid down, to recommend even those representations of things which have so many other just objections leaving against them?
Losberne was with them, and would be for the next two days; but Rose was too well acquainted with the excellent gentleman's impetuosity, and foresaw too clearly the wrath with which, in the first explosion of his indignation, he would regard the instrument of Oliver's recapture, to trust him with the secret, when her representations in the girl's behalf could be seconded by no experienced person.
Brownlow, who was himself of an irascible temperament, and party by such arguments and representations as seemed best calculated to dissuade him from his hotbrained purpose.