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Fletcher seems particularly to have admired these two plays , and hath wrote two
in imitation of them , The Sea Voyage and The Faithful Shepherdess . But when
he presumes to break a lance with Shakspeare , and write in emulation of him ...
Undoubtedly Shakspeare was induced to place a magician in his desert island ,
by the accounts of the Bermudas , recently published before he wrote this play .
This magician he has named Prospero ; and it seems to me in the highest degree
In the same scene Caliban asks , “ Hast thou dropp'd from heaven ? ” and in
other places twice mentions his dam's god , Setebos . The singing and dauncing
of our savage , Act II . Sc . II . ( for such is usually the stage representation , )
seem to ...
From these statements it should seem that the sources from which the names of
the several characters in this comedy were drawn , were as various as those from
which the story of the piece itself was derived . The three principal incidents of ...
... have inserted his observations at length ; but , to şay the truth , our author , like
one of Cato's soldiers who was bit by a serpent , Ipse latet penitus congesto
corpore mersus . Steevens , The sky , it seems , would pour down stinking 24
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I was reading King John on Project Gutenberg, but I changed over to this version as I was looking up annotations. Now, I don't have to go to Google to look up the history and folio changes for specific lines.