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" This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune — often the surfeit of our own behaviour — we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon and the stars : as if we were villains by necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion... "
The Plays of William Shakespeare ...: With the Corrections and Illustrations ... - Page 161
by William Shakespeare - 1809
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Shakespearean Scholarship: A Guide for Actors and Students

Leslie O'Dell - Performing Arts - 2002 - 413 pages
...excellent foppery of the world, diat when we are sick in fortune, often die surfeits of our own behavior, we make guilty of our disasters, the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars, as if we were villains on necessity, Fools by heavenly compulsion, Knaves, Thieves, and Treachers by Spherical predominance....
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Cool, Hip & Sober: 88 Ways to Beat Booze and Drugs

Bill Manville, William Henry Manville - Body, Mind & Spirit - 2003 - 288 pages
...addicts. Blaming others. . . . when we are sick in fortune — often the surfeit of our own behavior — we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon,...villains by necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion ... an admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star....
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Understanding King Lear: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and ...

Donna Woodford - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 183 pages
...excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune, often the surfeit of our own behavior, we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon,...fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treachers, by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers, by an enforced obedience of...
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Shakespeare's King Lear with The Tempest: The Discovery of Nature and the ...

Mark Allen McDonald - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 317 pages
...excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune, often the surfeits of our own behavior, we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars; as if we were villains on necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves, theives, and treachers by spherical predominance,...
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The Construction of Tragedy: Hubris

Mary Anneeta Mann - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 228 pages
...trying to do and his son Edmund jeers at him for it: This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune often the surfeit of our own behaviour we make guilty of our disaster the sun, the moon, and the stars, as if we were villains by necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion,...
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Patterns in Shakespearian Tragedy

Irving Ribner - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 224 pages
...of the Elizabethan doctrine of order and degree : This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune, - often the surfeit of...fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treachers, by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers, by an enforced obedience of...
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The Three Lost Books of Healing

Sue Young - Body, Mind & Spirit - 2005 - 164 pages
...Permission to proceed with wisdom is all we need now. "This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune, often the surfeit of...necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves, thieves, drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence ..." COMMON SENSE...
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Literature and Science: Social Impact and Interaction

John H. Cartwright, Brian Baker - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 471 pages
...nature. To which Edmund replies to himself: Edmund: This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune, often the surfeit of...sun, the moon, and the stars; as if we were villains of necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves thieves and treachers by spherical predominance,...
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Theater and Incarnation

Harris - Drama - 2005 - 155 pages
...relationships he holds so dear. But it is, says Edmund, "an admirable evasion of whoremaster man," to "make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and...villains by necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion" (I, ii). In any case, by the time of the storm scene, both Lear and Gloucester have lost their faith...
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Lincoln's Speeches Reconsidered

John Channing Briggs - History - 2005 - 370 pages
...when we are sick in fortune, — often the surfeit of our own behavior,— we make guilty of our own disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars; as if we were villains by necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion."14 Edmund is the unsettling sort of Shakespearean villain who speaks as well as embodies...
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