The Works of Shakespeare
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...she forecloses all debate, and leaves him nothing to say; which is just what she wants; foi she knows well enough that the thing is a horrible crime, a: d will not stand the tests ofUreason a moment; and therefore that the more he talks the less apt he will be for the work. And throughout this dreadful wrestling-match she survey? the whole ground and darts upon the strongest points with all the quickness and sureness of instinct: her powers of foresight and self-control seem to grow as the horrors thicken; the exigency being to her a sort of practical inspiration. The finishing touch Nor is it to be supposed that this ferocity is native to her own breast: in her case, too, surely it is assumed'; for though in her intense overheat of expectant passion it be temporarily fused and absorbed into her character, it is disengaged and thrown off as soon as that heat passes away. Those will readily take our meaning, who have ever seen how, from the excitement of successful effort, men will sometimes pass for a while into and become identified with a character which they undertake to play. And sc Lady Macbeth, for a special purpose, begins with acting a part which is really foreign to her, but which, notwithstanding, such is her iron fixedness of will, she braves out to issues so overwhelming as to make her husband and many others believe it is her own. In herself, indeed, she is a great bad woman whom we fear and pity; yet neither so great nor so bad, we are apt to think, as she is generally represented. She has closely studied her husband, and penetrated far into the heart of his mystery; yet she knows him rather as be is to her than as he is in himself: hence in describing his character she interprets her own, and shows more of the warm-hearted...
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