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" Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me. The brain of this foolish-compounded clay, man, is not able to invent anything that tends to laughter, more than I invent, or is invented on me: I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other... "
The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Richard II. Henry IV, pt. 1-2 ... - Page 259
by William Shakespeare - 1826
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Shakespearean Criticism: Excerpts from the Criticism of William ..., Volume 39

1984
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Literary Imagination, Ancient and Modern: Essays in Honor of David Grene

Todd Breyfogle, David Grene - Literary Criticism - 1999 - 405 pages
...gird at me: the brain of this foolish compounded clay-man is not able to invent anything that intends to laughter more than I invent, or is invented on...in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men. (Act 1, sc. 2, lines 6-10) Are not the history plays completely both, drama and thought, an exploration...
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Evelina: or, A Young Lady's Entrance into the World. In a Series of Letters.

Frances Burney - Fiction - 2000 - 704 pages
...sorts," says that merry knight, "take a pride to gird at me. The brain of man is not able to invent any thing that tends to laughter more than I invent,...in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men." 2 1 Falstaff appears in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part i; Henry IV, Pan II, and Tlie Merry Wives of Windsor....
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Orson Welles on Shakespeare: The W.P.A. and Mercury Theatre Playscripts

Orson Welles - Performing Arts - 2001 - 297 pages
...gird at me. The brain of this foolish compounded clay-man is not able to invent anything that intends to laughter more than I invent or is invented on me....in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men. PAGE Sir John, what humour's the prince of?5 FALSTAFF A good shallow young fellow. I have forsworn...
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Arden Shakespeare Complete Works

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2001 - 1347 pages
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William Shakespeare: The Complete Works

William Shakespeare - Literary Collections - 1989 - 1280 pages
...sorts take a pride to gird at me: the brain of this foolish-compounded clay, man, is not able to invent out of thy tale into telling me of the fashion? BORACHIO....gentlewoman, by the name of Hero: she leans me out at h overwhelm'd all her litter but one. If the prince put thee into my service for any other reason than...
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Shakespeare Survey, Volume 8

Allardyce Nicoll - Drama - 1955 - 192 pages
...Falstaff sees himself as a grotesque, vivified by strange comparisons : he talks to his diminutive page : I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that...sow that hath overwhelmed all her litter but one. (2 Henry IV, i, ii, n) This more than anything confirms our opinion of Falstaff's style as conscious...
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Power Plays: Shakespeare's Lessons in Leadership and Management

John O. Whitney, Tina Packer - Business & Economics - 2002 - 320 pages
...gird at me. The brain of this foolishcompounded clay, man, is not able to invent anything that intends to laughter more than I invent, or is invented on...in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men [emphasis added] . KING HENRY IV, PART 2 (1.2, 6-10) Among Falstaff and his Boar's Head Tavern cronies,...
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Lectures on Shakespeare

W. H. Auden - Drama - 2002 - 398 pages
...I.ii.82-83) A plague of sighing and grief! It blows a man up like a bladder. ( 1 Henry IV, II.iv.365-66) I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that...men. I do here walk before thee like a sow that hath overwhelm'd all her litter but one. (2 Henry IV, I.ii.11-14) The young prince hath misled me. I am...
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The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1998 - 1344 pages
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