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" I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this. "
Stockdale's edition of Shakespeare, with explanatory notes - Page 367
by William Shakespeare - 1784
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Shakespeare the Playwright: A Companion to the Complete Tragedies, Histories ...

Victor L. Cahn - Drama - 1996 - 865 pages
...maneuver is to dramatize her own resolve, which she does in a startling manner: I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me; I would, while it was smiling in my face. Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums. And dash'd the brains out. had I...
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Writings on Art and Literature

Sigmund Freud - Art - 1997 - 290 pages
...breasts, And take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers! (Act I, Sc. 5.) ... I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, And dashed the brains out, had I...
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Fantasies of Femininity: Reframing the Boundaries of Sex

Jane M. Ussher - Psychology - 1997 - 415 pages
...as being so eternally cruel that she would kill her own children: LADY MACBETH: I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums And clashed the brains out, had I...
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Coming of Age in Shakespeare

Marjorie B. Garber - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 248 pages
...her wavering husband to be steadfast is memorably couched in terms of motherhood: I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, And dashed the brains out, had I...
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The King & the Adulteress: A Psychoanalytical and Literary Reinterpretation ...

Roberto Speziale-Bagliacca - Drama - 1998 - 162 pages
...imposes them. Shakespeare makes Lady Macbeth an archetype of such violence: ... I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me. I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, And dashed the brains out, had I...
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Shakespearean Illuminations: Essays in Honor of Marvin Rosenberg

Marvin Rosenberg - Drama - 1998 - 371 pages
...significance and effect in the play as we have it, where the details in context are I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me; I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash'd the brains out, had I...
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How to Read a Play

Ronald Hayman - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1999 - 113 pages
..."How many children had Lady Macbeth?" never bother us in the theater. She says: I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me— I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, And dashed the brains out, had I...
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English Matters, Volume 3

Clare Constant, Susan Duberley - English language - 1999 - 96 pages
...both. They have made themselves, and that their fitness now Does unmake you. [" I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, And dashed the brains out, had I...
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The Translation Studies Reader

Lawrence Venuti, Mona Baker - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2000 - 524 pages
...aile gauche," in 1974. 57 Shakespeare, 1978, 41. The original text is as follows: "I have given suck, and know / How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me. / I would, while it was smiling at my face, / Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums / And dashed the brains out, had...
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The Plays of Shakespeare: A Thematic Guide

Victor L. Cahn - Drama - 2001 - 361 pages
...man; And to be more than what you were, you would Be so much more the man . . . I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me; I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash'd the brains out, had I...
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