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" I know my course. The spirit that I have seen May be the devil : and the devil hath power To assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps Out of my weakness and my melancholy, — As he is very potent with such spirits, — Abuses me to damn me: I'll have... "
Hamlet, and As You Like it: A Specimen of a New Edition of Shakespeare ... - Page 64
by William Shakespeare - 1819 - 466 pages
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The Cinema of Tony Richardson: Essays and Interviews

James M. Welsh, John C. Tibbetts, Professor John C Tibbetts - Performing Arts - 1999 - 297 pages
...scrupulous in his demand for proof that he hesitates to act on the evidence of the ghost itself: The spirit I have seen May be the devil: and the devil hath power...damn me. I'll have grounds More relative than this: the play's the thing Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king. (H.ii) Yet he will trust the dubious...
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The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age, Volume 7

Frances Amelia Yates - Body, Mind & Spirit - 1999 - 217 pages
...to doubt himself and the validity of his vision. The spirit that I have seen May be the devil. . . . And perhaps Out of my weakness and my melancholy,...is very potent with such spirits, Abuses me to damn me.17 This is the theory of the diabolic possession of witches. Hamlet tests the ghost's story with...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1999 - 296 pages
...55o I know my course. The spirit that I have seen May be a devil and the devil hath power T'assume a pleasing shape. Yea, and perhaps, Out of my weakness...melancholy, As he is very potent with such spirits, 555 532 Tree made 'sword-thrusts at the empty throne' ('Hamlet', p. 868). 533 Macready ejaculated 'kindless'...
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Evil Spirits: Nihilism and the Fate of Modernity

Gary Banham, Charlie Blake - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 228 pages
...Specters of Marx: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, where at the close of Act 2, scene 2, Hamlet himself states: The spirit that I have seen May be the devil; and...damn me. I'll have grounds More relative than this: the play s the thing Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king. Here we see the devil himself suspected...
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Henry V, War Criminal?: And Other Shakespeare Puzzles

John Sutherland, Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature John Sutherland, Cedric Thomas Watts, Emeritus Professor of English Cedric Watts, M a PH D, John M. Sutherland, Karl-Heinz Engel - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 220 pages
...suspicions return: The spirit that I have seen May be the devil, and the devil hath power T'assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps Out of my weakness...very potent with such spirits, Abuses me to damn me. (2.2.587-92) The purpose of staging The Murder of Gonzago (also known as The Mousetrap) is to test...
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The Klingon Hamlet

Lawrence Schoen - Fiction - 2001 - 240 pages
...my father Before mine uncle: I'll observe his looks; I'll tent him to the quick: if he but blench, I know my course. The spirit that I have seen May...damn me: I'll have grounds More relative than this: — the play 's the thing Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king. [Exit] ACT III SCENE IA room...
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Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods: An Investigative Approach

Mark Balnaves, Peter Caputi - Social Science - 2001 - 257 pages
...observe his looks; 1'll test him to the quick: 1f he but blench, 1 know my course. The spirit that l have seen May be the devil: and the devil hath power...very potent with such spirits, Abuses me to damn me: 1'll have grounds More relative than this: - the play's the thing Wherein 1'll catch the conscience...
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Lectures Upon Shakspeare

Samuel Taylor Coleridge - 2001
...truth of the idea of Hamlet which I have before put forth. Ib. The spirit that I have seen, May be a devil : and the devil hath power To assume a pleasing...very potent with such spirits) Abuses me to damn me. See Sir Thomas Brown : — I believe that those apparitions and ghosts of departed persons are not...
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Deconstruction: A Reader

Martin McQuillan - Philosophy - 2001 - 579 pages
...damnation. 'The spirit that I have seen', he reflects, May be a devil, and the devil hath power T'assume a pleasing shape, yea, and perhaps, Out of my weakness...damn me. I'll have grounds More relative than this. (2.2,594-600) An analysis of the play as a record Hamlet's quest for the grounds on which to base an...
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Deadly Thought: Hamlet and the Human Soul

Jan H. Blits - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 405 pages
...may have tricked him: The spirit that I have seen May be a devil, and the devil hath power T'assume a pleasing shape, yea, and perhaps, Out of my weakness...damn me. I'll have grounds More relative than this. (2.2.594-600) Hamlet, no longer willing to dare damnation (cf. 1.2.244-46; 1.4.39-44; 1.5.92-93), thinks...
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