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" Ay, every inch a king : When I do stare, see how the subject quakes. I pardon that man's life. — What was thy cause? — Adultery? — Thou shalt not die : die for adultery ! No : The wren goes to't, and the small gilded fly Does lecher in my sight.... "
Cymbeline. Titus Andronicus. Pericles. King Lear - Page 444
by William Shakespeare - 1811
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Playing Lear

Oliver Ford Davies - Drama - 2003 - 211 pages
...Shakespeare intend by, ACTING IN SHAKESPEARE 87 I pardon that man's life. What was thy cause? Adultery? Thou shalt not die; die for adultery? No, The wren...and the small gilded fly Does lecher in my sight. [End of line] Does it matter? What it demonstrates is that Shakespeare's prose is often as rhythmic...
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Shakespearean Criticism: Excerpts from the Criticism of William ..., Volume 83

1984
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King Lear: The Tragedie of King Lear : the First Folio of 1623 and a ...

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2004 - 276 pages
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Dynamism of Character in Shakespeare's Mature Tragedies

Piotr Sadowski - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 327 pages
...Gloucester is accordingly forgiven his adultery, sexual sins being now considered a part of natural order: "die for adultery? No! / The wren goes to't and the.../ Does lecher in my sight. Let copulation thrive" (4.6.1 10-12). However, in some respects Lear's moral problems remain unresolved, with his evaluations...
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The Artistry of Shakespeare's Prose

Brian Vickers - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 452 pages
...that admission gives way to verse, to a Royal dignity and to an intense but distorted moral authority: Thou shalt not die. Die for adultery? No, The wren...Does lecher in my sight. Let copulation thrive; for Gloucester's bastard son Was kinder to his father than my daughters Got 'tween the lawful sheets. Lear's...
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Patterns in Shakespearian Tragedy

Irving Ribner - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 224 pages
...denies the existence of human love : he sees animal lechery as man's controlling emotion: Thou si ii 1 1 not die : die for adultery ! No : The wren goes to't,...Does lecher in my sight. Let copulation thrive ; for Gloucester's bastard son Was kinder to his father than my daughters Got 'tween the lawful sheets. To't,...
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The Tragedy of King Lear

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2005 - 314 pages
...stare, see how the subject quakes. I pardon that man's life. What was thy cause? Adultery? Thou shall not die. Die for adultery? No, The wren goes to't,...Does lecher in my sight. Let copulation thrive: for Gloucester's bastard son Was kinder to his father than my daughters Got 'tween the lawful sheets. To't,...
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Shakespeare's Religious Language: A Dictionary

R. Chris Hassel Jr., R. Chris Hassel - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 455 pages
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The Language of Shakespeare's Plays

B. Ifor Evans - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 190 pages
...found in Lear's lines to Gloucester: I pardon that man's life. What was thy cause? Adultery? Thou shall not die: die for adultery! No: The wren goes to't, and the small gilded fly Does lecher in my sight. In complete and supremely pathetic contrast is Lear's monosyllabic tenderness and sincerity as he recognises...
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King Lear: Webster's Chinese-simplified Thesaurus Edition

ICON Reference - Foreign Language Study - 2006 - 188 pages
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