"THE AGE OF LOUIS."
OTHER WRITERS OF THE PERIOD.
Destouches, after having written several comedies, was for a long time chargé d'affaires from the court of France to London, and having filled this office satisfactorily, he returned to his former vocation of writing plays. His pieces have not the energy and sprightliness of those of Regnard, nor do they furnish us with such lively pictures of the human heart: they have not that true natural humor, that excellent comic coloring which makes the distinguishing merit of the inimitable Molière; and yet he has preserved the next place to himself, after these two authors. There are some of his efforts which have met with great success, though the humor in them appears rather too much forced. He has been at least happy enough to avoid that whining kind of comedy, or rather low tragedy, which is indeed neither tragedy nor comedy, but a monstrous production, which arose after the age of Louis XIV., and was owing partly to a want of