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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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The Man Shakespeare and His Tragic Life-story

Frank Harris - Dramatists, English - 1909 - 422 pages
...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...in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men " Just as in the first act Shakespeare introducing Falstaff makes him talk poetically, so here there...
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Playboys and Killjoys: An Essay on the Theory and Practice of Comedy

Harry Levin - Performing Arts - 1988 - 214 pages
...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." Falstaff has been discoursing about wit; but, as its sentient object, he stands in a strategic position...
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William Empson: The Critical Achievement

William Empson - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 319 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. (1.2.6-10) If we simply take the meaning 'humorous' in this context, we miss the element of symbolic...
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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1996 - 1263 pages
...sorts take a pride to gird at me: the brain of this foolish-compounded clay, man, is not able to invent be so disgracious in your eye, Let me march on, and not offend you, madam. — Strike up overwhelm'd all her litter but one. If the prince put thee into my service for any other reason than...
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The Comedy of Democracy

James E. Combs, Robert H. Blank, Janna Merrick, Dan D. Nimmo - Political Science - 1996 - 203 pages
...sorts take a pride to gird at me; the brain of this foolish-compounded clay, 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. (Henry IV, Part II, Act 1, Scene 2, 6-10) It is too much to say that Rush Limbaugh, radio and TV talk...
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Political Commentators in the United States in the 20th Century: A Bio ...

Dan D. Nimmo, Chevelle Newsome - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1997 - 424 pages
...sorts take a pride to gird at me. The brain of this foolish-compounded clay, 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. (lines 223-28) Yet, Limbaugh watchers need also to keep in mind what Mrs. Ford said about Falstaff...
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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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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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