The Bowdler Shakespeare, Volume 5: In Six Volumes; In which by William Shakespeare, Thomas Bowdler (editor)

By William Shakespeare, Thomas Bowdler (editor)

'The family members Shakspeare: during which not anything is further to the unique textual content, yet these phrases and expressions are passed over which can't with propriety be learn in a family.' those phrases at the identify pages of this version gave upward thrust to the verb 'to bowdlerise' - to take away or adjust textual content thought of vulgar or objectionable. even if the 1st version was once in reality created by way of Henrietta Maria Bowdler (1750-1830) and released in 1807, the various next variants have been released lower than the identify of her brother Thomas (1754-1825), who dedicated his time to legal reform and chess, in addition to the sanitising of Shakespeare. The Bowdlers' paintings grew to become tremendously well known because the scandal-ridden Regency gave technique to Victorian respectability. This quantity, from the 1853 version, comprises Troilus and Cressida, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra and Cymbeline.

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To AGAMEMNON. Nestor. 0 noble general, do not do so. Diomedes. You must prepare tofightwithout Achilles. Ulysses. Why, 'tis this naming of him does him harm. Here is a man—But 'tis before his face; I will be silent. Nestor. Wherefore should you so? He is not emulous,9 as Achilles is. Ulysses. Know the whole world, he is as valiant. Ajax. A vile dog, that shall palterl thus with us! I would, he were a Trojan! Nestor. What a vice Were it in Ajax now Ulysses. If he were proud! Diomedes. Or covetous of praise?

Agamemnon. What's his excuse ? Ulysses. He doth rely on none; But carries on the stream of his dispose, Without observance or respect of any, In will peculiar and in self-admission. Agamemnon, Why will he not, upon our fair request, Untent his person, and share the air with us? Ulysses. Things small as nothing, for request's sake only, He makes important: Possess'd he is with greatness; And speaks not to himself, but with a pride That quarrels at self-breath: imagin'd worth Holds in his blood such swoln and hot discourse, That, 'twixt his mental and his active parts, Kingdom'd Achilles in commotion rages, And batters down himself: What should I say?

54: TROILUS AND CRESSIDA. Enter ACHILLES and PATROCLUS, hefvre their Tent. TTlysses. Achilles stands, i'the entrance of his tent;— Please it our general to pass strangely 4 by him, As if he were forgot; and, princes all, Lay negligent and loose regard upon him: I will come last: JTis like, hell question me^ Why such unplausive eyes are bent, why tura'd on him: If so, I have derision med'cinable, To use between your strangeness and his prides, Which his own will shall have desire to drink; It may do good: pride hath no other glass To show itself but pride; for supple knees Feed arrogance, and are the proud man's fees.

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