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“Les victimes soignent leurs mots, les bourreaux sont ivres de philosophie larmoyante," 15 writes Alphonse Daudet in this connection.”
“Williams gave a dinner to talk him over, which I suppose was done with the voix larmoyante, et voila tout.”
“His _Delincuente honrado_ (1773), a _comédie larmoyante_ after the manner of Diderot's _Fils naturel_, had wide success on the stage.”
“But Madame de Montolieu has emerged from the most _larmoyante_ kind of”
“Goethe; in the _comédie larmoyante_, both French and English; found its cleverest expression in Sterne, and then, becoming a universal vogue, deluged fiction with productions like Mackenzie's "Man of Feeling," Miss”
“Pope had died in 1744, Swift in 1745, the last important survivors of the Queen Anne wits; and already the reaction against gayety had set in, in the deliberate and exaggerated solemnity which took possession of all departments of verse, and even invaded the theater; where Melpomene gradually crowded Thalia off the boards, until sentimental comedy -- _la comedie larmoyante_ -- was in turn expelled by the ridicule of Garrick, Goldsmith, and Sheridan.”
“Again, the stage has a history of its own, and, in so far as it was now making progress of any kind, it was not in the direction of a more poetic or romantic drama, but rather toward prose tragedy and the sentimental comedy of domestic life, what the French call _la tragédie bourgeoise_ and _la comédie larmoyante_.”
“Thus comedy grew serious, and tragedy put off its exalted airs; the genius of tragedy and the genius of comedy were wedded, and the _comédie larmoyante_, which might be named more correctly the bourgeois drama, was born of this union.”
“Already those tendencies which were to produce the so-called _comédie larmoyante_ were at work.”
“In some awkward form or other he seems to be fatally doomed to figure continually in comedie larmoyante (distressing farces.)”
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