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Plate LVI. represents Dame Ashfield in the comedy of Speed the Plough. In the wife of a simple farmer, we here behold the passion of envy as forcibly portrayed as it could possibly be evinced in the more exalted situations of human life. If a misfortune happens to her family, her greatest affliction is to anticipate the triumph Mrs. Grundy will enjoy. If events are favourable, her satisfaction is augmented to the highest pitch, in the idea of the mortification it will occasion Mrs. Grundy. She is here in an attitude of extreme exultation. The son of a baronet has just offered his hand in marriage to her daughter. Far from reflecting on the advantages such an unlooked-for event would bring to her only child, her mind dwells with rapture on the idea of plaguing her rustic competitor; and, in the full torrent of impetuous joy, she proudly makes use of her constant exclamation—What will Mrs. Grundy say?
Plate LVII. represents the character of Octavian, very generally known: the play of the Mountaineers being frequently performed at the three theatres of the metropolis. Every one who has read Don Quixote must acknowledge the similarity between Octavian in the play and Cardenio in the romance. It is most probable that the costume of Cardenio, as described by Cervantes, though delightful in the novel, would have proved disgusting in a theatre. His smeared face, matted locks, and wounded limbs would have offered too terrific a picture for dramatic