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" A quibble is the golden apple for which he will always turn aside from his career, or stoop from his elevation. A quibble, poor and barren as it is, gave him such delight that he was content to purchase it by the sacrifice of reason, propriety, and truth.... "
The Dramatick Writings of Will. Shakspere: With the Notes of All the Various ... - Página 126
por William Shakespeare - 1788
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Literature in the Language Classroom: A Resource Book of Ideas and Activities

Joanne Collie, Stephen Slater - 1987 - 266 páginas
...eighteenthcentury critic, thought puns (or 'quibbles' as he called them) marred Shakespeare's style: 'A quibble, poor and barren as it is, gave him such delight, that...by the sacrifice of reason, propriety, and truth'. Some readers still think puns are distracting and trivialise the language of the play. Others think...
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Shakespeare in His Context: The Constellated Globe

Muriel Clara Bradbrook - 1989 - 207 páginas
...reviving it'. It will be remembered that Garrick's friend Dr Johnson said a quibble was Shakespeare's fatal Cleopatra, for which he lost the world and was content to lose it. He excuses himself for not having removed the references to Rosaline, as Otway and Gibber had done;...
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Love's Labour's Lost

William Shakespeare - 1998 - 272 páginas
...mire. It has some malignant power over his mind, and its fascinations are irresistible ... A quibble, poor and barren as it is, gave him such delight that...which he lost the world and was content to lose it. (Ibid., p. 68) Those words are an eloquent climax to a chorus of indictment that had been swelling...
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Sources of Dramatic Theory: Volume 2, Voltaire to Hugo

D. J. Conacher - 1991 - 292 páginas
...always a writer's duty to make the world better, and justice is a virtue independent on time or place It will be thought strange that, in enumerating the defects of this writer,26 I have not yet mentioned his neglect of the unities; his violation of those laws which have...
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Metamorphoses of Helen: Authority, Difference, and the Epic

Mihoko Suzuki - 1992 - 271 páginas
...adventures; it is sure to lead him out of his way, and sure to engulf him in the mire. ... A quibble, poor and barren as it is, gave him such delight, that...which he lost the world, and was content to lose it. — Samuel Johnson, "Preface to Shakespeare" Just as Euripides' story of faithful Helen's sojourn in...
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Chaosmos: Literature, Science, and Theory

Philip Kuberski - 1994 - 211 páginas
...golden apple for which he will always turn aside from his career or step from his elevation. A quibble, poor and barren as it is, gave him such delight that...by the sacrifice of reason, propriety, and truth." 31 "Reason, propriety, and truth," lofty as they are, are nevertheless susceptible to the "poor and...
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Shakespeare Reread: The Texts in New Contexts

Russ McDonald - 1994 - 301 páginas
...For example, take Samuel Johnson, whose famous criticism of Shakespeare's wordplay is often quoted: "A quibble was to him the fatal Cleopatra for which he lost the world, and was content to lose it."11 Cleopatra, that occult agent of femininity who stretches the boundaries of passion and discourse,...
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The Re-imagined Text: Shakespeare, Adaptation, & Eighteenth-century Literary ...

Jean I. Marsden
...golden apple for which he will always turn aside from his career or stoop from his elevation. A quibble, poor and barren as it is, gave him such delight that...which he lost the world, and was content to lose it. [74] In this passage, frequently cited by Johnson's contemporaries, we see the firm decisiveness absent...
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William Shakespeare: The Critical Heritage, Volumen5

Brian Vickers - 1995 - 568 páginas
...quibbling which, barren and pitiful as it is, seems to give the critic himself so much delight that he is 'content to purchase it by the sacrifice of reason, propriety and truth.' 1 Ars Poetica, 351: 'when the beauties in a poem are more in number'. To begin with the first. If we...
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Shakespearean Tragedy and Gender

Shirley Nelson Garner, Madelon Sprengnether - 1996 - 326 páginas
...has some malignant power over his mind, and its fascinations are irresistible. ... A quibble . . . gave him such delight, that he was content to purchase...by the sacrifice of reason, propriety, and truth. (Kermode 86) The irresistible fascination Johnson describes recalls the power that Cleopatra exercises...
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