Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Quotes: Shakespeare

Shakespeare     338         Crawford on Shakespeare: But [with] Shakespeare one gets acquainted with without knowing how…part of an Englishman’s constitution…thoughts and beauties are so spread abroad that one touches them everywhere…no man of any brain can open at a good part of one of his plays without falling into the flow of his meaning immediately. Austen, Mansfield Park.

Shakespeare     338         Edmund on Shakespeare: His celebrated passages are quoted by everybody; they are in half the books we open, and we all talk Shakespeare, use his similes and describe with his descriptions…to know him in bits and scraps, is common enough; to know him pretty thoroughly, is, perhaps, not uncommon; but to read him well aloud, is no everyday talent. Austen, Mansfield Park.

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