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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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Shakespeare Survey, Volume 13

Allardyce Nicoll - Drama - 2002 - 200 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,...and the small gilded fly Does lecher in my sight. (rv, vi, 110-16) The thought is already present, if only as yet indirectly expressed, that none offends...
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Shakespeare's Dramatic Challenge: On the Rise of Shakespeare's Tragic Heroes

G. Wilson Knight - Literary Collections - 2002 - 181 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, and the small gilded fly Does lecher in my sight. (IV.vi.lll) The 'gilded fly' recalls Titus Andronicus (page 22 above). Lear continues : Let copulation...
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Man's Peril, 1954-55

Bertrand Russell - Philosophy - 2003 - 718 pages
...into the post-war era. 184: 28 the remarks of King Lear in Act IV, Scene vi For example: "Thou shall not die; die for adultery! No: / The wren goes to't,...kinder to his father, than my daughters / Got 'tween lawful sheets. / To 't luxury, pell-mell, for I lack soldiers." 184:41-2 In the Him industry, the matter...
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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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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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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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The Claim to Community: Essays on Stanley Cavell and Political Philosophy

Andrew Norris - Philosophy - 2006 - 389 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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