Goldsmith is one of the greatest humorists in the English language, and his comic Muse is characterized by immense variety. As we have already noted above, there ample ‘humor of character’, the highest kind of humor arising from an exposure of the follies, affectations, weaknesses and hypocrisies of some particular characters. There is aloud ironic humor arising from the incongruity between that things are, and what we expect them to be. There is also dramatic irony in ample measure, with the characters talking and acting at cross-purposes and the readers enjoying the fun of it. Here humor arises from different levels of awareness or knowledge, with the audience knowing much that is not known to the actors on the stage, and some of the actors knowing more than some others.