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DESCRIPTION OF THE COSTUME, -CAST OF THE CHARACTERS,ENTRANCES AND EXITS,-RELATIVE POSITIONS OF THE PERFORMERS ON THE STAGE, -AND THE WHOLE OF
THE STAGE BUSINESS,
As now performed at the
EMBELLISHED WITH A FINE ENGRAVING, By Mr. BONNER, from a Drawing taken in the Theatre by
MR. R. CRUIKSHANK.
LONDON: JOHN CUMBERLAND, 2, CUMBERLAND TERRACE,
CAMDEN NEW TOWN.
The title of this farce is singularly appropriate. Tristram Fickle, the hero, is truly a weathercock-he turbs at every wind, except a trade wind; being a young gentleman much too vivacious and well-bred, to throw away one thought upon commercial drudgery. He is, alternately, a pleader, a player, an apothecary, a soldier, a gardener, a quaker, and a beau-transformations as numerous as those which Dryden celebrates in the Duke of Buckingham; whom
“ Was every thing by starts, and nothing long ;
But, in the course of one revolving moon,
though we must acknowledge that the transition from the Quaker to the buck is not unreasonable : indeed, the times give it proof; and, looking to the revolution that bas lately taken place in the skirts and collars of the Society of Friends, we think the time not far distant, when the outward garb of sanctity will be repudiated altogether, and thee and thou be the only badge of distinction betyreen Quakers and ordinary folk. If Tristram Fickle is puzzled in tbe choice of a profession, he is