Last evening in the Fogg Art Museum Professor de Sumichrast lectured on Goldsmith and Marivaux. He began by fully summarizing Goldsmith's play, "She Stoops to Conquer," and Marivaux's play "Le Jeu de I'Amour et du Hasard," quoting frequently from each. He proceded to draw a comparison between the two play wrights, vastly to the advantage of Marivaux. He said that Marivaux is superior to Goldsmith in construction and is more thoroughly artistic. In Marivaux's play the analysis is subtle and delicate, the characters carefully and minutely drawn, the interest concentrated throughout. Goldsmith's play is diffuse, the characters are drawn with a few bold strokes, and there is a great variety of incident.
Goldsmith and Marivaux.
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