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" Lear. O, reason not the need ; our basest beggars Are in the poorest thing superfluous : Allow not nature more than nature needs, Man's life is cheap as beast's. "
The Plays and Poems of William Shakspeare: With the Corrections and ... - Page 129
by William Shakespeare - 1821
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The Oxford Shakespeare: The History of King Lear

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2001 - 336 pages
...follow in a house where twice so many 420 Have a command to tend you? REGAN What needs one? LEAR 0, reason not the need! Our basest beggars Are in the...superfluous. Allow not nature more than nature needs, Man ' s life is cheap as beast 's . Thou art a lady . 425 If only to go warm were gorgeous, Why, nature...
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King Lear: The 1608 Quarto and 1623 Folio Texts

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2000 - 270 pages
...five-and-twenty, And thou art twice her love. 237 GONERIL Hear me, my lord: What need you five-and-twenty, ten, or five, To follow in a house where twice so many Have a command to tend you? 240 REGAN What needs one? LEAR O reason not the need! Our basest beggars 241 Are in the poorest thing...
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King Lear

Jennifer Mulherin, Abigail Frost - Juvenile Nonfiction - 2001 - 31 pages
...own troubles, asks if Tom's' How many knights? Gon. Hear me, my lord. What need you five- andtwenty, ten, or five, To follow in a house, where twice so...one? Lear. O! reason not the need; our basest beggars Arc in the poorest thing superfluous: Allow not nature more than nature needs, Man's life is cheap...
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Shakespearean Criticism: Excerpts from the Criticism of William ..., Volume 61

1984
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King Lear, by William Shakespeare

Lloyd Cameron - English literature - 2001 - 102 pages
...exposes their paucity of feeling and imagination in his final speech before he rushes out into the storm: O reason not the need! Our basest beggars Are in the...than nature needs, Man's life is cheap as beast's. (Act II, Sc. iv, lines 257-260) Language The language of King Lear is an aspect of the play that has...
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King Lear: A Guide to the Play

Jay L. Halio - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 128 pages
...Lear of all of his knights and reduce him to complete dependence. Trying to reason with them, he says "Our basest beggars / Are in the poorest thing superfluous....than nature needs, / Man's life is cheap as beast's" (257-59). In other words, by reducing a person's needs to the lowest common denominator, one can no...
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Vagrancy, Homelessness, and English Renaissance Literature

Linda Woodbridge - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 338 pages
...arrant whore, / Ne'er turns the key to the poor" (2.4.51-52). Beggars are but a step above beasts: Our basest beggars Are in the poorest thing superfluous....nature more than nature needs, Man's life is cheap as beasts. (2.4.266-69) Talk of famine recurs: "he that keeps nor crust nor crumb" ( 1.4.195 ). The Fool,...
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The Needs of Strangers

Michael Ignatieff - Philosophy - 2001 - 156 pages
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Shakespeare for One: Men : the Complete Monologues and Audition Pieces

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2002 - 298 pages
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King Lear

William Shakespeare - Juvenile Nonfiction - 2002 - 162 pages
...horoscope? A5 'Monster Ingratitude!' (/, 5, 35). Is ingratitude always as detestable as Lear believes? A6 O! reason not the need; our basest beggars Are in...than nature needs, Man's life is cheap as beast's. (2, 4, 261-4) What determines 'need' in different societies? A7 Do you agree with the Fool (j, 2, 10-...
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