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" From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty : As surfeit is the father of much fast, So every scope by the immoderate use Turns to restraint : Our natures do pursue, (Like rats that ravin down their proper bane,) A thirsty evil ; and when we drink, we die. "
Measure for measure. Comedy of errors - Page 15
by William Shakespeare - 1788
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Making Trifles of Terrors: Redistributing Complicities in Shakespeare

Harry Berger, Peter Erickson - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 487 pages
...his restraint comes From too much liberty, . . . Liberty As surfeit, is the father of much fast;118 So every scope by the immoderate use Turns to restraint....proper bane, A thirsty evil; and when we drink, we die. (1.2.117-22) This image of self-destructive natural appetite is a key to the play's moral problematic....
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Stylistics

Richard Bradford - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 215 pages
...pre-marital sex with his fiancee. LUCIO Why, how now, Claudio! Whence comes this restraint? CLAUDIO From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty: As surfeit is the father of much fast So every scope by the immoderare use Tums to restraint. Our natures do pursue Like rats that ravin down their proper bane...
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Shakespearean Power and Punishment: A Volume of Essays

Gillian Murray Kendall - Drama - 1998 - 219 pages
...promised by Angelo. When Lucio asks the manacled Claudio, "Whence comes this restraint," Claudio replies, "From too much liberty, my Lucio. Liberty, / As surfeit,...scope by the immoderate use / Turns to restraint" (1.2.116-20). His individual experience is significantly parallel to that of the state, not just the...
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Sallies of the Mind

Francis Fergusson - History - 1998 - 253 pages
...Claudio must have done when he took Juliet, and so he does again now, when he is caught, crying (1.2): Our natures do pursue. Like rats that ravin down their...proper bane, A thirsty evil, and when we drink we die. When the duke as friar visits him in prison and advises him to "be absolute for death," he responds...
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Romance and Reformation: The Erasmian Spirit of Shakespeare's Measure for ...

Robert B. Bennett - Drama - 2000 - 189 pages
...the manacled Claudio's self-condemning response to Lucio's question, "Whence comes this restraint?" From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty: As surfeit...every scope by the immoderate use Turns to restraint. 1.2.124-28 In effect, movement in one direction generates movement in the opposite so that unity or...
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Measure for Measure

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2000 - 109 pages
...will not, so. Yet still 'tis just. LUCIO Why, how now, Claudio? Whence comes this restraint? CLAUDIO From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty. As surfeit is the father of much fast, 125 So every scope by the immoderate use 126 Turns to restraint. Our natures do pursue, Like rats that...
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Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado

Marc Aronson - Juvenile Nonfiction - 2000 - 222 pages
...the lost colony is art and understanding, not conquest. Our natures do pursue, Like rats that raven down their proper bane, A thirsty evil; and when we drink, we die. —WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 10 THE LIE Sir Walter Ralegh rose by defying his enemies in battle, courting...
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Measure for Measure

William Shakespeare - English drama - 2000 - 274 pages
...vowel sounds within words in a line, sometimes for poetic effect or, as here, to reinforce a point: 'Our natures do pursue, Like rats that ravin down their proper bane.' (Act 1 scene 2 lines 121-122, page 17) (Here there is alliteration as well, to emphasise the point.)...
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莎士比亞通論: 喜劇

顏元叔 - Comedy - 2001 - 812 pages
...故為「 半神」 。 Luc @ o 見到C @ aud @ o , 間何以陷於綵絃, C @ aud @ o 答道: C 切 From too much liberty, my Lucio. Liberty, As surfeit,...proper bane, A thirsty evil; and when we drink, we die. 午因於自由太多, 魯西歐。 自由, 如脹飽, 是嚴格禁食之父; 世上凡事若是過份過量...
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Shakespearean Scholarship: A Guide for Actors and Students

Leslie O'Dell - Performing Arts - 2002 - 413 pages
...brother Claudio, explains to his good friend Lucio why he is being taken away in chains to prison: From too much liberty, (my Lucio) Liberty: As surfeit...proper Bane, A thirsty evil, and when we drink, we die. [Measure 1.2.125] Lucio responds to this image of self-indulgence as rats that ravin, or gobble down,...
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