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" Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me ! You would play upon me ; you would seem to know my stops ; you would pluck out the heart of my mystery ; you would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass : and there is much music,... "
The Plays of William Shakespeare: With the Corrections and Illustrations of ... - Page 166
by William Shakespeare - 1809
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The Time is Out of Joint: Shakespeare as Philosopher of History

Agnes Heller - Fiction - 2002 - 375 pages
...metaphor of the musical instrument for his innermost soul. Hamlet says to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: "Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make...lowest note to the top of my compass; and there is much music, excellent voice in this little organ yet cannot you make it speak. 'Sblood, do you think I am...
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Amleto

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1995 - 320 pages
...GU1LUENSTERN But ihese cannnt I cotnmand to any utterance of harmony. I have not the skill. "o HAMLET Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of...lowest note to the top of my compass. And there is mudi music, excellent voice, in this little organ. Yet cannnt you make it speak. 'Sblood, do you think...
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The Taming of the Shrew: Critical Essays

Dana E. Aspinall - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 387 pages
...GUILDENSTERN: My lord, I cannot. ... I have not the skill. HAMLET. Wby. look you now, how unwortby a thing you make of me! You would play upon me, you...from my lowest note to the top of my compass: and therc is much musie, excellent voice in this little organ, yet you cannot make it speak. 'Sblood. do...
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Shakespeare's Tragic Skepticism

Millicent Bell - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 283 pages
...Rosencrantz and Guildenstern deserve Hamlet's contempt for the inefficacy of their prying, and he tells them, "You would play upon me, you would seem to know my...lowest note to the top of my compass; and there is much music, excellent voice, in this little organ, yet cannot you make it speak, 'Sblood, do you think I...
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Shakespeare, Machiavelli, and Montaigne: Power and Subjectivity from Richard ...

Hugh Grady, Professor of English Hugh Grady - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 286 pages
...Francis Barker, seems to answer generations of critics as well as it does Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: You would play upon me, you would seem to know my...lowest note to the top of my compass; and there is much music, excellent voice in this little organ, yet cannot you make it speak. 'Sblood, do you think I...
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Shakespeare Survey, Volume 50

Stanley Wells - Drama - 2002 - 316 pages
...courtly playing upon him as a phallic pipe or recorder of which he accuses Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: You would play upon me, you would seem to know my...lowest note to the top of my compass; and there is much music, excellent voice in this little organ, yet cannot you make it speak. 'Sblood, do you think I...
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The Wise Woman of Hoxton

Thomas Heywood, Sonia Massai - Performing Arts - 2003 - 147 pages
...read alongside Tabor's reference to his 'pipe' at 2.2.27, echoes Shakespeare's Hamlet, 3.2.355-61: You would play upon me, you would seem to know my...lowest note to the top of my compass; and there is much music, excellent voice, in this little organ, yet cannot you make it speak. 'Sblood, do you think I...
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Promises, Promises: Essays on Psychoanalysis and Literature

Adam Phillips - Psychology - 2009 - 400 pages
...true'. And by the same token, Hamlet himself predicts what critics of the play will want to do to him; 'Why look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of...stops; you would pluck out the heart of my mystery . . .' (Act III, scene 2, 386). Hamlet says this to Guildenstern, as though there was a heart, a centre,...
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The Dubious Spectacle: Extremities of Theater, 1976-2000

Herbert Blau - Drama - 2002 - 347 pages
...grieving. Lowers hands as she reaches the other side of the circle, turns and speaks into the space: JUL: Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of...stops, you would pluck out the heart of my mystery. DEN: Seems, madam? Nay, it is. I know not "seems. " Julie's tone changes again, a green thought in...
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The Sound of Shakespeare

Wes Folkerth - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 147 pages
...the same scene he accuses Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of spying on him, employing the same metaphor: You would play upon me, you would seem to know my...out the heart of my mystery, you would sound me from the lowest note to the top of my compass; and there is much music, excellent voice, in this litde organ,...
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