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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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Playhouse Law in Shakespeare's World

Brian Jay Corrigan - Drama - 2004 - 263 pages
...analysts have f(xed upon, are confined to one brief speech in which he says he is restrained because of too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty: As surfeit is...proper bane, A thirsty evil; and when we drink we die. Wentersdorf says of this passage that "[u]nless these lines are spoken ironically, a possible but unlikely...
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Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

Stephen Greenblatt, Stephen Jay Greenblatt - Biography & Autobiography - 2004 - 430 pages
...over him as the result of unrestrained sexual appetite: Our natures do pursue, Like rats that raven down their proper bane, A thirsty evil; and when we drink, we die. (1.2.108-10) The natural desire that can be so frankly and comfortably acknowledged within the bounds...
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Measure for Measure

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2011 - 336 pages
...Enter Lucio and Second Gentleman. LUCIO Why, how now, Claudio? Whence comes this 120 restraint? CLAUDIO From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty. As surfeit...immoderate use Turns to restraint. Our natures do pursue, 125 Like rats that raven down their proper bane, A thirsty evil, and when we drink, we die. LUCIO If...
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Measure for Measure

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2011 - 336 pages
...heaven: on whom it will, it will; On whom it will not, so; yet still 'tis just. [Claudia— 1.2.116-19] As surfeit is the father of much fast, So every scope...to restraint. Our natures do pursue, Like rats that raven down their proper bane, A thirsty evil, and when we drink, we die. [Claudio— 1.2.123-27] ....
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The Problem Plays of Shakespeare: A Study of Julius Caesar, Measure for ...

Ernest Schanzer - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 196 pages
...excess in the sexual appetite and the consequent self-destruction as something inherent in human nature: Our natures do pursue, Like rats that ravin down their...proper bane, A thirsty evil; and when we drink we die. (1.2.122-4) Just as rats are devoid of a natural instinct which warns them that the food they covet...
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Shakespeare's Poetics in Relation to King Lear

Russell A. Fraser - Literary Criticism - 1962 - 184 pages
...world, is in its conclusion most cruel to himself (5.5.31-33), and this for constitutional reasons: As surfeit is the father of much fast, So every scope by the immoderate use Turns to restraint. (Measure for Measure, 1.2.130-2) The evil a man does is inimical to what he is. Simply by virtue 1...
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Perspectives on Politics in Shakespeare

John Albert Murley, Sean D. Sutton - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 265 pages
...population, see Lucio at III. ii. 166-173 and Pompey at II.i.227-228, 235-240; cf. Elbow at III.ii.1-4. 39. "Liberty, / As surfeit, is the father of much fast;...scope by the immoderate use / Turns to restraint" (I.ii. 117-1 20). 40. Reading "mortality" rather than "morality" of imprisonment here, ie, making the...
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Shakespeare's Sonnets & Poems

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2011 - 704 pages
...his sexual relations with Juliet: "Our natures do pursue, / Like rats that raven down [ie, devour] their proper bane, / A thirsty evil, and when we drink, we die" (1.2.125-27). I 1. in proof: ie, in the experience itself; being tried; proved: ie, having been tried...
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Seeming Knowledge: Shakespeare and Skeptical Faith

John D. Cox - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 348 pages
...and the child she had by him. In short, the play offers plenty of evidence that, as Claudio puts it, "Our natures do pursue, / Like rats that ravin down...bane, / A thirsty evil, and when we drink we die" (1.2.128-30). A more eloquent description of original sin is hard to imagine. But that is not all the...
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Shakespeare: A Life in Art

Russell A. Fraser - 1988
...smacks of "too much liberty." Claudio, the hero, has a metaphor for this, disturbing in its violence. Our natures do pursue, Like rats that ravin down their...proper bane, A thirsty evil, and when we drink we die. The hero, a little feckless, getting possession of Julietta's bed "upon a true contract," says how...
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