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    Poll: Portia's "Let not that doctor e'er come near my...

    Portia's "Let not that doctor e'er come near my house. / since he hath got the jewel that I loved...........Now, by mine honor, which is yet mine own, / I'll have that doctor for my...
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    Poll: Another quote from Bevington's introduction, if I...

    Another quote from Bevington's introduction, if I may: "Bassanio's adventure is partly commercial. Yet his pilgrimage for Portia is magnanimous as well. The occasional modern practice of playing...
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    Poll: For the Everyman edition, John Andrews glosses...

    For the Everyman edition, John Andrews glosses Antonio's "Let him alone" speech(Act 3, scene 3) in part as follows: "the merchant conveniently omits mention of the abuse he has heaped on Shylock,...
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    Poll: In a collection put together by the Mahons in...

    In a collection put together by the Mahons in 2002 we find an essay by Professor Levith. He recommends the play DOCTOR FAUSTUS by Marlowe as an important part of the context in which MV is found. ...
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    Poll: As we have seen, then, Sonnet 144 alone will not...

    As we have seen, then, Sonnet 144 alone will not allow us to dismiss Antonio as only a buffoonish sidekick of Bassanio. The question of whether he had an adulterous affair with Shylock's wife...
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    Poll: For her introduction, Professor Crawford included...

    For her introduction, Professor Crawford included a few notes regarding the historical moment: "Usury, the business of lending money at (often extreme) interest rates, was widely criticized in the...
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    Poll: And again Lokasenna's comment(page 2), "The...

    And again Lokasenna's comment(page 2), "The quandry is to decide whether, to borrow from another Shakespeare play, he is 'more sinned against than sinning,'" is apt. William Hazlitt noted the same...
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    Poll: One might quote Marchette Chute's introduction to...

    One might quote Marchette Chute's introduction to LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST for young people: "The play is less a story than a game. The plot is as light as a soap bubble, and its charm lies in the kind...
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    Poll: Portia's "Tarry a little" speech is also an...

    Portia's "Tarry a little" speech is also an allusion to the liturgy of the Eucharist. This rite is performed by clergy during church services. Study of this play might also recall from R&J: "It...
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    Poll: It seems to me that one could argue that...

    It seems to me that one could argue that Antonio's line, "I am a tainted wether of the flock / Meetest for death"(MV4.1.114-5), suggests that he himself feels that we should regard the two of them ...
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    Poll: Also of interest, if we return to Father Oakes'...

    Also of interest, if we return to Father Oakes' article(#305), we find him quoting lines from MEASURE FOR MEASURE: "Mercy is not itself that oft looks so; pardon is still the nurse of second...
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    Poll: In Professor Bevington's 1988 introduction we...

    In Professor Bevington's 1988 introduction we have: "However much we may come to sympathize with Shylock's misfortunes........[he] remains essentially the villain of a love comedy." This is...
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    Poll: Another passage from AS YOU LIKE IT is helpful: ...

    Another passage from AS YOU LIKE IT is helpful: "Now, my co-mates and brothers in exile, / hath not old custom made this life more sweet / Than that of painted pomp? Are not these woods / More free...
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    Poll: In the Signet Classic edition is an excerpt from...

    In the Signet Classic edition is an excerpt from William Hazlitt's comments on the play(1818): "When we first went to see Mr. Kean in Shylock, we expected to see, what we had been used to...
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    Poll: S.T. Coleridge said that Hamlet finds himself in...

    S.T. Coleridge said that Hamlet finds himself in "stimulating" circumstances. So too is the invasion of Ukraine. One might note memorable lines from HENRY THE FIFTH: "But if the cause be not good,...
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    Poll: The last play Shakespeare is thought to have...

    The last play Shakespeare is thought to have written all by himself is THE TEMPEST. In the epilogue we find: "Now I want / Spirits to enforce, art to enchant; / And my ending is despair / Unless I...
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    Poll: And by the way, there is a minor error in the...

    And by the way, there is a minor error in the article by the late Father Oakes(see post #305). He wrote: "Shakespeare signals his agreement with these claims when he has Hamlet expostulate in these...
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    Poll: In another thread I noted that the line "'Tis all...

    In another thread I noted that the line "'Tis all one"(R&J1.1.20) is an allusion at once to DEUTERONOMY 6:4 and GENESIS 1:27. This lends credence to the idea that Antonio's "Mark you...
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    Poll: Drshadow03's post(#31), where we find, "You seem...

    Drshadow03's post(#31), where we find, "You seem to be suggesting that you can either; a) believe Shakespeares's play [is an artistic failure]....... or b) think it is a great work of art with...
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    Poll: "If to do were as easy as to know what were good...

    "If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches and poor men's cottages princes' palaces"(MV1.2.11-13). One will recall Isabella's famous speech from MM: "Could...
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    Poll: We recall that Romeo is "banished" by the Prince...

    We recall that Romeo is "banished" by the Prince as the result of his single combat with Tybalt. The speech from Polonius above is prominently placed. Isaac Asimov agreed with Professor Wilson that...
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    Poll: The challenge of single combat that Elon Musk...

    The challenge of single combat that Elon Musk offered to President Putin, in due course, recalls the first scene in HAMLET: "our last king, / Whose image even but now appeared to us, / Was, as you...
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    Poll: Fans of Team Portia might recommend that...

    Fans of Team Portia might recommend that President Putin appoint a modern day Team Portia to engage in parallel talks with a corresponding team from the other side. Back to the matter here,...
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    Poll: Prince Hamlet, if he were a real person, might...

    Prince Hamlet, if he were a real person, might say that the line is a "contraction"(HAMLET3.4.47).
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    Poll: In the second scene of ROMEO AND JULIET is a...

    In the second scene of ROMEO AND JULIET is a memorable line: "I must to the learned"(ROM1.2.44). One might recall that when considering Professor Bloom's comments. In the GOSPEL we find, in the...
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