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" Stands at a guard 4 with envy ; scarce confesses That his blood flows, or that his appetite Is more to bread than stone : Hence shall we see, If power change purpose, what our seemers be. "
Measure for measure. Comedy of errors - Page 20
by William Shakespeare - 1788
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THE DRAMATIC WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE

1850
...and instruct me How I may formally in person bear me Like a true friar. More reasons for this action, At our more leisure, shall I render you ; Only, this...:- — lord Angelo is precise ; Stands at a guard 1 with envy ; scarce confesses That his blood flows, or that his appetite Is more to bread than stone...
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Shakespeare's Festive World: Elizabethan Seasonal Entertainment and the ...

Frangois Laroque - Drama - 1993 - 423 pages
...Puritanism, in the portrait that he paints of him (i, iii, 50-3): Lord Angelo is precise, Stands at guard with envy, scarce confesses That his blood flows, or that his appetite Is more to bread than stone . . . As the OED notes, the adjective 'precise' was then synonymous with 'Puritan'. 34. Twelfth Night,...
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Analyzing Shakespeare's Action: Scene Versus Sequence

Charles A. Hallett, Hallett Charles A, Elaine S. Hallett - Drama - 1991 - 230 pages
...Angelo's judgment of Claudio. Shakespeare adds a reversal that has nothing to do with Claudio: Angelo, who "scarce confesses / That his blood flows: or that his appetite / Is more to bread than stone," discovers at the close of this sequence that his "sense breeds" - he conceives a passion for Isabella....
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Suffocating Mothers: Fantasies of Maternal Origin in Shakespeare's Plays ...

Janet Adelman - Literary Criticism - 1992 - 379 pages
...Withdrawing from visible authority, the Duke — and the play — set out to test Angelo's refusal to confess that "his blood flows; or that his appetite / Is more to bread than stone" (1.3.52-53), claims exaggerated in Lucio's comic contention that his "blood / Is very snow-broth" (1.4.57-58),...
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Players of Shakespeare 3: Further Essays in Shakespearean Performance by ...

Royal Shakespeare Company - Drama - 1993 - 222 pages
...about his disguise plan, and ends the scene with a description of Angelo as being inhumanly certain: Stands at a guard with envy, scarce confesses That his blood flows. (lines 5 1-2) The last line seems to suggest that the Duke is testing Angelo in some way: Hence shall...
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Making Trifles of Terrors: Redistributing Complicities in Shakespeare

Harry Berger, Peter Erickson - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 487 pages
...just outlined, he speaks of his deputy's puritanical facade with tart skepticism verging on disdain: Lord Angelo is precise; Stands at a guard with Envy;...that his appetite Is more to bread than stone. Hence we shall see If power change purpose, what our seemers be. (1.3.50-54) One can only conclude with David...
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Shakespearean Power and Punishment: A Volume of Essays

Gillian Murray Kendall - Drama - 1998 - 219 pages
...this downright way of creation" (3.2.106-8). And as the Duke himself says about Angelo, he is one who "scarce confesses / That his blood flows, or that his appetite / Is more to bread than stone" (1.3.50-53). These images of metal, stone, and coldness work to define Angelo as an inanimate thing,...
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Shakespeare in the Theatre

Stephen Orgel, Sean Keilen - Literary Criticism - 1999 - 270 pages
...spirituality: like many of his contemporaries, he loves to ascribe a voracious carnality to the puritan who "scarce confesses /That his blood flows; or that his appetite /Is more to bread than stone."22 Less often remarked are Shakespeare's similar, though subtler, critiques of Catholicism,...
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The Covenant Connection: From Federal Theology to Modern Federalism

Daniel Judah Elazar, John Kincaid - Political Science - 2000 - 327 pages
...question, the Duke decides to place supreme power in the hands of a "precisian," that is, a Puritan: Lord Angelo is precise; Stands at a guard with Envy;...that his appetite Is more to bread than stone.... (Act I, scene iii). The precise Angelo, austere and puritanical, will be made to endure a test, the...
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Measure for Measure

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2000 - 109 pages
...bearing and manner 50 precise correct 51 Stands . . . envy is on his guard against malicious detraction That his blood flows, or that his appetite Is more to bread than stone. Hence shall we see, 54 If power change purpose, what our seemers be. Exit [with Friar]. * ^ 1.4 Enter Isabella and Francisca,...
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