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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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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 Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's History Plays

Cambridge University Press - Drama - 2002 - 283 pages
...contemporaries: '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' (1.2 4-7). Falstaff's complaints about his gout, his tailor, and his consumptive purse establish key...
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