By Michael Macrone

ISBN-10: 0517189356

ISBN-13: 9780517189351

The San Francisco Chronicle referred to as this interesting and informative advisor to the Bard's most renowned and quotable expressions "delightful...a gem." From "salad days" to "strange bedfellows," the outstanding legacy of William Shakespeare lives on in our daily vocabulary. every one access contains the unique which means of the be aware or expression, the play or poem within which it seems that, which personality spoke it, and the way it really is used this day. Cross-referenced for simple use; black-and-white line drawings via Tom Lulevitch.

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We usually use it to verbally throw up our hands rather than to urge any particular action for the sake of goodness. Foregone Conciusion OTHELLO: O monstrous, monstrous! IAGO: Nay, this was but his dream. OTHELLO: But this denoted a foregone conclusion. IAGO: 'Tis a shrewd doubt, though it be but a dream, And this may help to thicken other proofs, That do demonstrate thinly. OTHELLO Act 3, scene 3, 427-431 Othello—the brave, romantic, and somewhat credulous Moor of Venice—has fallen under the evil spell of his ensign Iago.

Yet he'd "jump" (risk) the spiritual penalties if he could be sure of immediate success here and now. TRAMMEL UP THE CONSEQUENCE "Trammel up the consequence" is ill understood, which hardly comes as a surprise. A "trammel, " in Shakespeare's day, most often meant a "fishing net"; "to trammel up" therefore meant to catch up in a trammel net. (Another obsolete sense of "to trammel," current in the sixteenth century, is "to bind up a corpse"—a sense eerily appropriate here. ) When Macbeth doubts whether the assassination could "trammel up the consequence," therefore, he doubts that the act of killing Duncan will catch up in itself, as in a net, the consequences of that action.

Romeo comes masked, both to Brush Up Your Shakespeare! 29 observe custom and to protect himself—his family are sworn enemies of the Capulets. In the prime of his dancing days, the young lover dances indeed—with Juliet, Capulet's daughter. A Dish Fit/or the Gods BRUTUS: Let's be sacrificers, but not butchers, Caius. . And, gentle friends, Let's kill him boldly, but not wrathfully; Let's carve him as a dish fit for the gods, Not hew him as a carcass fit for hounds; And let our hearts, as subtle masters do, Stir up their servants to an act of rage, And after seem to chide 'em.

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