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By Michael Macrone

ISBN-10: 0517189356

ISBN-13: 9780517189351

The San Francisco Chronicle referred to as this enjoyable and informative advisor to the Bard's most famed and quotable expressions "delightful...a gem." From "salad days" to "strange bedfellows," the striking legacy of William Shakespeare lives on in our daily vocabulary. each one access contains the unique that means of the be aware or expression, the play or poem during which it sounds as if, which personality spoke it, and the way it's used this day. Cross-referenced for simple use; black-and-white line drawings by way of Tom Lulevitch.

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Rebellious hell, If thou canst mutine in a matron's bones, To flaming youth let virtue be as wax And melt in her own fire. HAMLET Act 3, scene 4, 81-85 In the infamous "closet scene," Hamlet delivers a furious lecture to his appalled mother, Queen Gertrude. The prince finally vents his barely repressed resentment of her marriage to her brother-in-law, whom Hamlet considers a very low specimen of slime. After holding up two portraits—one of his murdered father, the other of his despised stepfather—and comparing the latter to a "mildewed ear" (line 64), Hamlet 38 Brush Up Your Shakespearel demands to know how Gertrude could sink so low.

OTHELLO Act 3, scene 3, 427-431 Othello—the brave, romantic, and somewhat credulous Moor of Venice—has fallen under the evil spell of his ensign Iago. Brush Up Your Shakespeare!

In the second instance, however, Faulconbridge stands upon "fair play," seeking audience with the Pope's legate as courtesy and chivalry demand. Even here, though, there is some sarcasm in the bastard, because his mission is to reject the pact with the Pope and the capitulation to France. "Fair play" is merely customary courtesy, a show of civility to those one detests to the point of bloodshed. What has become for us a mark of civility—playing by the rules of the game—is still for Faulconbridge an ambivalent quality, a not always necessary evil.

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