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  • 51.
    The lady protests too much, methinks.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Queen Gertrude, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 2, l. 219 (1604). Referring to the Player Queen in the "Mousetrap"Mthe play-within-a-play—who has just sworn never to re-marry if her husband died. "Protests" is used in the sense of "proclaims" rather than "complains."
  • 52.
    I may neither choose who I would, nor refuse who I dislike; so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Portia, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 2, l. 23-5. Playing on "will" as desire and as testament.

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  • 53.
    The commonwealth of Athens is become a forest of beasts.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Apemantus, in Timon of Athens, act 4, sc. 3, l. 347-8. His cynical view of the state of Athens.

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  • 54.
    I am glad thou canst speak no better English, for if thou couldst, thou wouldst find me such a plain king that thou wouldst think I had sold my farm to buy my crown.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 5, sc. 2, l. 124-6. Apologizing to Katherine for his roughness.
  • 55.
    A fish, he smells like a fish; a very ancient and fish-like smell.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Trinculo, in The Tempest, act 2, sc. 2, l. 25-6. Finding a strange creature (Caliban) on Prospero's island.

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  • 56.
    Who ever knew the heavens menace so?
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Casca, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 3, l. 44. On the night before the assassination of Caesar.
  • 57.
    O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassio, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3.
  • 58.
    No man hath any quarrel to me. My remembrance is very free and clear from any image of offence done to any man.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Viola, in Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 4, l. 226-8. Responding to Sir Toby's demand that she meet the challenge of Sir Andrew Aguecheek.
  • 59.
    The King himself is to be feared as the lion.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 3, l. 149. As the lion is king of the beasts.
  • 60.
    He does smile his face into more lines than is in the new map with the augmentation of the Indies.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Maria, in Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 2, l. 78-80. On Malvolio, referring to the mew Mercator map of 1600, showing the East Indies in full.

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