He visited Congreve, and naturally began to talk of his works.
Congreve, when he wrote Incognita , took the drama as his model.
However, he was followed in the same way by Mr. Congreve, though with a little more correctness.
For both Wycherley and Vanbrugh are playwrights, and Congreve is not.
And after a very few weeks even Congreve would have had to own that the timid new boy could spin quite as broad a yarn as he.
Lyly, Congreve, Sheridan, were all men of fashion first and writers of comedy after.
So there is not a word in Congreve for which there is not some equivalent expression in contemporary writing.
Of wit (of course) there is more in a scene of Congreve than in a play of Sheridan.
Congreve, he says, spreads a 'privation of moral light' over his characters, and therefore we can admire them without compunction.
The list was just where a Congreve document might have been expected.
in reference to rockets or matches, from Sir William Congreve (1772-1828).