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" It is too full o' the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way : thou wouldst be great ; Art not without ambition, but without The illness should attend it: what thou wouldst highly, That wouldst thou holily ; wouldst not play false, And yet wouldst... "
Comedy of errors. Macbeth. King John. King Richard II. King Henry IV., part I - Page 98
by William Shakespeare - 1811
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Macbeth

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2014 - 224 pages
...and Cawdor; and shalt be 15 What thou art promised: yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o'th' milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way: thou...illness should attend it: what thou wouldst highly, 20 That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false, And yet wouldst wrongly win: thou'ldst have, great...
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The Heroic Idiom of Shakespearean Tragedy

James C. Bulman - Drama - 1985 - 254 pages
...scene immediately following, defines her husband's nature in the same balanced antitheses he has used: Thou wouldst be great, Art not without ambition, but...wouldst not play false, And yet wouldst wrongly win. (1.5.18-22) Her imitation of his rhetorical style is reductive, however. She echoes him only to mock...
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Shakespeare's Soliloquies

Wolfgang Clemen - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 211 pages
...Cawdor; and shall be 15 What thou art promis'd. — Yet do I fear thy nature: It is too full o' th' milk of human kindness, To catch the nearest way....That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false, 2 1 And yet wouldst wrongly win; thou'dst have, great Glamis, That which cries, "Thus thou must do,"...
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Macbeth

William Shakespeare, Jennifer Mulherin - 1988 - 32 pages
...heir to the throne - and tries to suppress his own evil thoughts. Lady Macbeth on Macbeth's nature It is too full o' the milk of human kindness To catch...ambition, but without The illness should attend it . . . Act i Scv Lady Macbeth plans a murder Meanwhile, at home in their castle in Inverness, Lady Macbeth...
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An Audition Handbook of Great Speeches

Jerry Blunt - Acting - 1990 - 207 pages
...art, and Cawdor, and shalt be What thou art promis'd. Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' th' milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way. Thou...which cries, "Thus thou must do," if thou have it, And that which rather thou dost fear to do Than wishest should be undone, Hie thee hither, That I may...
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The Tragedy of Macbeth

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1998 - 249 pages
...art, and Cawdor, and shalt be What thou art promised; yet do I fear thy nature, It is too full o'th' milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way. Thou...which cries, 'Thus thou must do' if thou have it; 1.5.7 We'ird] F (weyward) 22 cries, Thus ... do'| F (cryes, | Thus thou must doe,) 56 commendations...
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Essays on Epistemological Transformations and Theater History

Mary Beth Rose - Literary Criticism - 1992 - 236 pages
...Sextus Pompeius, who, protected by stolidity rather than virtue, will not seek what he would take: Thou wouldst be great, Art not without ambition, but...wouldst not play false, And yet wouldst wrongly win. (1.5.17-21) In Plutarch's narrative, Brutus's praise of his wife marks a moment of communicative harmony...
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The Tragedy of Macbeth

William Shakespeare, Hugh Black-Hawkins - 1992 - 64 pages
...full of the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way. (She fears her husband's nature) . . . Thou wouldst be great; Art not without ambition, but...wouldst not play false And yet wouldst wrongly win .... (She decides to drive her man on, to the act of murder if need be) . . . Hie thee hither That...
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Stage Dialects

Jerry Blunt - Acting - 1994 - 156 pages
...the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great, Reading for Fluency 99 Art not without ambition, but without The illness...which cries, "Thus thou must do, if thou have it, And that which rather thou dost fear to do Than wishest should be undone." Hie thee hither, That I...
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William Shakespeare: The Critical Heritage, Volume 5

Brian Vickers - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 568 pages
...from the following character given of him by his wife: Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o'th' milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way. Thou...wouldst not play false, And yet wouldst wrongly win. [1 .5. 13ff] So much inherent ambition in a character without other vice, and full of the milk of human...
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