Guiliom, masquerading as a Count, is of course directly derived from Les Précieuses Ridicules, first performed 18 November, 1659, and Isabella is a close copy of Cathos and Magdelon.
The poet characteristically, in Don Juan and elsewhere, attacks the sceptics, and then half ridicules the belief.
Martial, in a clever but coarse epigram (lib. xi. 56), ridicules the Stoic's contempt of death: "Hanc tibi virtutem fracta facit urceus ansa, Et tristis nullo qui tepet igne focus, Et teges et cimex et nudi sponda grabati, Et brevis atque eadem nocte dieque toga.
He ridicules their morals and their offices as severely as he points out their impotency to bestow happiness.
Mr. Froude ridicules and abuses this aristocracy, as unfit longer to govern the State, as a worn-out power that deserved to fall.
He ridicules fools; he exposes knaves.
In his earlier life he does not seem to have done full justice to women, whom he ridicules, but does not despise; in whom he indeed sees the graces of chivalry, but not the intellectual attraction of cultivated life.
Miss How, who is called a young lady of sense and honour, is not only extreme silly, but a more vicious character than Sally Martin, whose crimes are owing at first to seduction, and afterwards to necessity; while this virtuous damsel, without any reason, insults her mother at home and ridicules her abroad; abuses the man she marries; and is impertinent and impudent with great applause.
In the "Defense of Poesie" Sidney upholds the classics and ridicules the too ambitious scope of the English drama.
Even more than Addison he ridicules vice and makes virtue lovely.
It is for the most part taken from Corneille's Feint Astrologue, Moliere's Depit Amoreux, and Precieux Ridicules.
Ninon never hesitated to declaim against the fictitious beauty that pretended to inculcate virtue and morality while secretly engaged in the most corrupt practices, but Molière came with his Précieuses Ridicules and pulverized the enemies of human nature.
These last ornaments are proper in that Horatian satire, which rather ridicules the follies of the age, than stigmatises the vices of individuals; but in this style Dryden has made few essays.
This demand naturally creates a supply of idle talkers, whose social existence depends on their ability to provide the entertainment desired; and nothing would seem to be so well-pleasing to the idle human ear as the whisper that discredits, or the story that ridicules, the distinction it envies, and the goodness it cannot understand.
368, 462; King's evil, touched for the, i. 42; kings, ridicules, i. 333; kitchen, his, ii. 215, n. 4; iii. 461
73; Langton's devotion to him in his illness, iv. 266, n. 3; will, ridicules, ii. 261; language, delicate in it, iii. 303; iv.
368, n. 3. KING'S Printing-house, ii. 323, n. 2. KINGS, conversing with them, ii. 40, n. 3; flattered at church and on the stage, ii. 234; flatter themselves, ib.; great kings always social, i. 442; ill-trained, i. 442, n. 1; Johnson ridicules them, i. 333; minister, should each be his own, ii. 117; oppressive kings put to death, ii. 170; praises exaggerated, ii. 38; reverence for them depends on their right, iv.
His chief assailants are the authors of The Canons of Criticism, and of The Revisal of Shakespeare's Text; of whom one ridicules his errours with airy petulance, suitable enough to the levity of the controversy; the other attacks them with gloomy malignity, as if he were dragging to justice an assassin or incendiary.
Les précieuses ridicules.
Les précieuses ridicules.
M'Lean (II., 59, 120) also ridicules the idea that Indians were corrupted by the whites.
When I agree with Paul or David (or think I do), I have a right to quote their words reverentially; but when I do so, Mr. Rogers deliberately justifies himself in ridiculing them, pretending that he only ridicules me.
He trusts in logic and ridicules the Spirit of God.
The sagacious author of The Striped-petticoat Philosophy in the eighteenth century ridicules the idea as mere silly talk.
The insane are often singularly quick to penetrate the delusions of others; the man who calls himself George Washington ridicules the claim of another that he is Julius Caesar.