"The criticism on Coriolanus is one of
the most amusing of Johnson's performances.
The old codger's gravity in discoursing of
Menenius' merriment; the delicate propriety
in alluding to Virgilia; the lexicographical
definition of Coriolanus' character; the high Tory
terms bestowed upon Brutus & Sicinius, make
a very diverting & quizzical variety; and the
various starched phrases fill the mind with
fudge. There is, perhaps, too much solemn
nonsense in the first sentence, & too little
sense in the last."