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" ... we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars: as if we were villains by necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treachers, by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers, by an enforced obedience... "
The Plays of William Shakespeare: With the Corrections and Illustrations of ... - Page 161
by William Shakespeare - 1809
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The Construction of Tragedy: Hubris

Mary Anneeta Mann - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 228 pages
...stars, as if we were villains by necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves, thieves and treachers by spherical predominance, drunkards, liars and adulterers...all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on. Edmund uses only a part of the reference. The other part is acknowledgement by denial, of the existence...
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The Great Comedies and Tragedies

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2005 - 896 pages
...spherical predominance, drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary 120 influence, and all that we are evil in by a divine...under the Dragon's tail, and my nativity was under Ursa Major, so that it follows I am rough and lecherous. Put, I should have been that I am, had the...
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Patterns in Shakespearian Tragedy

Irving Ribner - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 224 pages
...as if we were villains by necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treachers, by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers,...lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star. (I.ii.izS-jS) Human society in Edmund's view is debased. The mind to Edmund is an independent entity...
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The Tragedy of King Lear

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2005 - 314 pages
...stars; as if we were villains on necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical predominance, drunkards, liars, and adulterers...of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition on the charge of a star! My father compounded with my mother under the Dragon's tail, and my nativity...
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Literature and Science: Social Impact and Interaction

John H. Cartwright, Brian Baker - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 471 pages
...stars; as if we were villains of necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves thieves and treachers by spherical predominance, drunkards liars and adulterers...all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on .... My father compounded with my mother under ursa major; so that it follows I am rough and lecherous....
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The Artistry of Shakespeare's Prose

Brian Vickers - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 452 pages
...predomina««; drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedie«« of planetary influe»«; and all that we are evil in by a divine thrusting...of whoremaster man to lay his goatish disposition on the charge of a star. The dichotomy 'man: planet' (and like lago in style, with this sudden mastery...
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The Fated Sky: Astrology in History

Benson Bobrick - History - 2006 - 384 pages
...spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedi182 * BENSON BOBRICK ence of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in,...of whoremaster man to lay his goatish disposition on the charge of a star. In proof, he offers himself as an example: "My father compounded with my mother...
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Deep Comedy: Trinity, Tragedy, and Hope in Western Literature

Peter J. Leithart - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 159 pages
...stars, as if we were villains on necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical predominance, drunkards, liars, and adulterers...influence; and all that we are evil in by a divine thrusting-on. An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge...
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Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours

Noga Arikha - History - 2007 - 376 pages
...stars; as if we were villains by necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical predominance, drunkards, liars, and adulterers...under the dragon's tail, and my nativity was under ursa major; so that it follows I am rough and lecherous. 'Sfoot! I should have been that I am had the...
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