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S. Austin Allibone, comp.  Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay.  1880.
  In England, the farce appears to have risen to the dignity of a regular theatrical entertainment about the beginning of the last century.
William Thomas Brande.    
  There is yet a lower sort of poetry and painting, which is out of nature; for a farce is that in poetry which grotesque is in a picture: the persons and actions of a farce are all unnatural, and the manners false; that is, inconsistent with the characters of mankind; grotesque painting is the just resemblance of this.
John Dryden.    
  The world is running mad after farce, the extremity of bad poetry.
John Dryden.    
  They object against it as a farce, because the irregularity of the plot should answer to the extravagance of the characters, which they say this piece wants, and therefore is no farce.
John Gay.    
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