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Blow, blow, thou wintry wind!" as the furrier said when he wanted customers. Cheap and Good Pleasures.—It is all very well to lay down the maxim that the great essential of a play is incident. Mr. Whelks is treated to incidents enough and to spare, but no pains are taken, and no art is employed to interest him anyhow-not so say imperceptibly to his own advantage—in the personages who are the heroes, or the victims, of the incidents. Another great mistake is made in acting on the prin- ciple that low prices will only afford a low class of entertainment. "What can you expect when it is only a shilling to the boxes ? But it is only a shilling to the Crystal Palace, with all its wonders of nature and art. It is only a shilling to popular concerts, where the performers are the most gifted and the most cultivated artistes of the day. The experience of these and a few other endeavours of the kind, proves that a really firat-rate entertainment will always draw the people, and exhibits the nonsense and unreason of another great mistake, which oants about "playing down" to Mr. Whelks, instead of re- cognising the fact that Mr. Whelks should be "played up to a higher level than he holds now, and that it may be gradually and hopefully done by good sense, good purpose, and good art Dickeiis's All the Year Round."

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WILLS ^ QUESTS.

A BRUTAL SCENE.

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