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The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: With the Corrections and ... - Page 236
by William Shakespeare, Isaac Reed, Samuel Johnson, George Steevens - 1817
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Dictionary of Quotations

Connie Robertson - Reference - 1998 - 669 pages
...draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument. 10338 Love's Labour's Lost n thy lips. 10165 Antony and Cleopatra The crown o' the earth doth melt. My lord! O! withered 10339 Macbeth FIRST WITCH: When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain? SECOND...
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Gender and Literacy on Stage in Early Modern England

Eve Rachele Sanders - Drama - 1998 - 260 pages
...draws attention to the men's use of the language of the academy as an exclusionary tactic. But just as "a jest's prosperity lies in the ear / Of him that...hears it, never in the tongue / Of him that makes it" (5.2.838-40), so too the scholars can use their knowledge to diminish others only if those on the receiving...
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Yale Studies in English, Volume 34

1908
...114.'— Whal. First Epilogue. 2 Their fate is only in their hearers eares. Cf. LL L. 5. 2. 871-3 : A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it. 4 The maker. For a discussion of Jonson's use of the word ' maker ' cf. Henry, ed. Epiccme, Second...
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Augustus Baldwin Longstreet's Georgia Scenes Completed: A Scholarly Text

Augustus Baldwin Longstreet - Literary Criticism - 1998 - 351 pages
...to go to bed before I get home!" Augusta State Rights' Sentinel, June 19, 1835, 3. THE DEAF LADIES. "A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it: never in the tongue Of him that makes it." — Shakespeare. A gentleman who was fond of enjoying a hearty laugh at the expense sometimes of his...
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The Senses of Humor: Self and Laughter in Modern America

Daniel Wickberg - History - 1998 - 267 pages
...from Love's Labour's Lost reveal a notion of the jest as a commodity to be defined by its exchange: A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it.* From the sixteenth century, when the term "jest" was first used to designate all manner of laughable...
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The Caveman Within Us

William J. Fielding - Psychology - 1999 - 372 pages
...party to a joke. Shakespeare realized this when he said, in Love's Labour's Lost (Act V, Scene 2) : A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it. The social value of these expressions of our more elementary nature, which contribute to the well-being...
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The Arden Dictionary of Shakespeare Quotations

Jane Armstrong - Drama - 1999 - 408 pages
...acute, and I am thankful for it. Love's Labour's Lost 4.1.66-73, HOLOFERNES TO DULL AND NATHANIEL 7 A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it. Love's Labour's Lost 5.2.854-6, ROSALINE TO BEROWNE 8 How every fool can play upon the word! Merchant...
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The Arden Dictionary of Shakespeare Quotations

William Shakespeare, Jane Armstrong - Drama - 1999 - 396 pages
...acute, and I am thankful for it. Love's Labour's Lost 4.2.66-73. HOLOFERNES TO DULL AND NATHANIEL 7 A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it. Love's Labour's Lost 5.2.854-6, ROSALINE TO BEROWNE 8 How every fool can play upon the word! Merchant...
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Francis Bacon Tudor Equals William Shakespeare

Andrew Stevens Peck - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 65 pages
...Y1 I have sent the ...". Also, THAT was used to denote WHO (as in the epitaph) in Elizabethan days: A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it. Love 'a Labours Lost Act V, sc. 2 Y served the following purposes in the epitaph: 1. r, TE, and T-Es...
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Lectures Upon Shakspeare

Samuel Taylor Coleridge - 2001
...in the throat of death ? It can not be ; it is impossible ; Mirth can not move a soul in agony. Ros. .Why, that's the way to choke a gibing spirit, Whose...tongue Of him that makes it : then, if sickly ears, Deaf 'd with the clamors of their own dear groans, Will hear your idle scorns, continue then, . And...
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