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" That rents the thorns, and is rent with the thorns ; Seeking a way, and straying from the way ; Not knowing how to find the open air, But toiling desperately to find it out, — Torment myself to catch the English crown. And from that torment I will free... "
King Henry VI, part 3 ; King Richard III ; King Henry VIII ; Troilus and ... - Page 62
by William Shakespeare, Alexander Chalmers - 1811
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Shakespeare and the Poet's Life

Gary Schmidgall - Biography & Autobiography - 1990 - 234 pages
...speaks like another Clinias when he vaunts his actor's talent: "Why, I can smile, and murther whiles I smile, / And cry "Content" to that which grieves...artificial tears, / And frame my face to all occasions" (3H6 3.2.182-85). His cohort in the next play of the tetralogy, Buckingham, shows that he too can set...
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Shakespeare the Actor and the Purposes of Playing

Meredith Anne Skura - Drama - 1993 - 325 pages
...when he first announces himself in Henry VI, Part Three: Love forswore me in my mother's womb. . . . I'll drown more sailors than the Mermaid shall; I'll...Ulysses could, And, like a Sinon, take another Troy. 1 can add colours to the chameleon, Change shapes with Proteus for advantages, And set the murderous...
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Edward the Second

Christopher Marlowe - Drama - 1995 - 384 pages
...Gloucester's gleeful fantasy of wickedness also has a Marlovian ring: Why, I can smile, and murder whiles I smile, And cry 'Content' to that which grieves my...artificial tears, And frame my face to all occasions. I can add colours to the chameleon, Change shapes with Proteus for advantages, And set the murderous...
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Inwardness and Theater in the English Renaissance

Katharine Eisaman Maus - Performing Arts - 1995 - 222 pages
...learn of him. In relation to the other characters, he exploits the invisibility of his own interior. Why, I can smile, and murder while I smile, And cry...Ulysses could And, like a Sinon, take another Troy. (3 Henry VI 3.2.18-90) Openly violent earlier in the play, Richard learns to elaborate an innocuous...
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Inwardness and Theater in the English Renaissance

Katharine Eisaman Maus - Performing Arts - 1995 - 222 pages
...learn of him. In relation to the other characters, he exploits the invisibility of his own interior. Why, I can smile, and murder while I smile, And cry...mermaid shall; I'll slay more gazers than the basilisk; [49] I'll play the orator as well as Nestor, Deceive more slily than Ulysses could And, like a Sinon,...
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Imagining Monsters: Miscreations of the Self in Eighteenth-Century England

Dennis Todd - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 339 pages
...sanctity. "I clothe my naked villany," says Richard, "And seem a saint, when most I play the devil": Why, I can smile, and murder while I smile, And cry...cheeks with artificial tears, And frame my face to all occasions.28 When Richard is pictured as (merely) a "diffus'd infection of a man," his entire identity...
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Shakespearean Tragedy and Gender

Shirley Nelson Garner, Madelon Sprengnether - Drama - 1996 - 326 pages
...terms that Renaissance writers typically used to describe actors: Why, I can smile, and murther whiles I smile, And cry "Content" to that which grieves my...artificial tears, And frame my face to all occasions. I can add colors to the chameleon, Change shapes with Proteus for advantages, And set the murtherous...
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Shakespeare: A Life in Drama

Stanley Wells - Biography & Autobiography - 1997 - 416 pages
...he claims, lies in his total self-control; he is the master actor who can smile, and murder whiles I smile, And cry 'Content!' to that which grieves...artificial tears, And frame my face to all occasions. I can add colours to the chameleon, Change shapes with Proteus for advantages, And set the murderous...
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War Crimes Law Comes of Age: Essays

Theodor Meron - Law - 1998 - 336 pages
...torment I will free myself, Or hew my way out with a bloody axe. Why, I can smile, and mueder whiles I smile, And cry "Content!" to that which grieves...I'll play the orator as well as Nestor, Deceive more slyly than Ulysses could. And, like a Sinon, take another Troy. I can add colours to the chameleon....
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Barrymore: A Play

William Luce - 1998 - 55 pages
...torment I will free myself, Or hew my way out with a bloody axe. Why, I can smile, and murder whiles I smile; And cry content to that which grieves my...I'll drown more sailors than the mermaid shall; I'll play the orator as well as Nestor; Deceive more slyly than Ulysses could; And, like a Sinon, take another...
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