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" A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it... "
Love's labour's lost. Midsummer night's dream - Page 111
by William Shakespeare - 1788
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The Wisdom and Genius of Shakespeare: Comprising Moral Philosophy ...

William Shakespeare, Thomas Price - 1839 - 460 pages
...anatomized, ie dissected and laid : by the squandering glances or random shots of a fuol. 268 Jests. A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it. 8— v. 2. 269 Folly, its effects. None are so surely caught,* when they are catch'd, As wit turn'd...
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Shakespeare the Actor and the Purposes of Playing

Meredith Anne Skura - Drama - 1993 - 325 pages
...task shall be With all the fierce endeavour of your wit To enforce the pained impotent to smile. . . . that's the way to choke a gibing spirit, Whose influence...grace Which shallow laughing hearers give to fools. (LLL 5.2.845-46, 850-52) 28. Roach, Player's Passion, 41. 29. Greene, "Groatsworth of Wit," in Complete...
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The Soul of Wit: Joke Theory Fromm Grimm to Freud

Carl Dale Hill - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 244 pages
...to substantiate his claim that the success of the Witzarheit can onlv be judged by a third person. 'A jest's prosperity lies in the ear of him that hears it, never in the tongue of him that makes it' ( 144). The inherent intersubjectivity of the joke becomes essential in the process ofEvleiebterung....
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Melville and the Politics of Identity: From King Lear to Moby-Dick

Julian Markels - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 164 pages
...heaven and earth, Horatio" or Edgar's "Ripeness is all," and sometimes portentous utterances like these: A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it. (Love's Labour's Lost V.ii. 871-73) The ample proposition that hope makes In all designs begun on earth...
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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1996 - 1263 pages
...soul in agony. ROSALINE. Why, that's the way to choke a gibing spirit, Whose influence is begot ofthat ᅑSR 'EW C (u r 1c ab hXE ,! U-F Deaf 'd with the clamours of their own dear groans, Will hear your idle scorns, continue then, And...
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Alternative Shakespeare Auditions for Women

William Shakespeare, Simon Dunmore - Performing Arts - 1997 - 120 pages
...task shall be With all the fierce endeavour of your wit To enforce the pained impotent to smile. is A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears...tongue Of him that makes it. Then, if sickly ears, Deafed with the clamours of their own dear groans, Will hear your idle scorns, continue then, 20 And...
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Shakespeare's Sweet Thunder: Essays on the Early Comedies

Michael J. Collins - Drama - 1997 - 249 pages
...self-aggrandizement, but to cheer up others. Rosaline hopes that Berowne will come to discover for himself that "a jest's prosperity lies in the ear / Of him that...hears it, never in the tongue / Of him that makes it" (5.2.861-63). She calls his jests "idle scorns" and twice refers to his "gibing spirit" as a "fault,"...
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Coming of Age in Shakespeare

Marjorie B. Garber - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 248 pages
...over; for a twelvemonth he must visit 'the speechless sick' and make them smile. Rosaline's homily, 'A jest's prosperity lies in the ear / Of him that...hears it, never in the tongue / Of him that makes it' (859-61) is not only good moral sense but a sound articulation of the importance of plain talk in Shakespeare...
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Augustus Baldwin Longstreet's Georgia Scenes Completed: A Scholarly Text

Augustus Baldwin Longstreet - Literary Criticism - 1998 - 351 pages
...to go to bed before I get home!" Augusta State Rights' Sentinel, June 19, 1835, 3. THE DEAF LADIES. "A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it: never in the tongue Of him that makes it." — Shakespeare. A gentleman who was fond of enjoying a hearty laugh at the expense sometimes of his...
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The Senses of Humor: Self and Laughter in Modern America

Daniel Wickberg - History - 1998 - 267 pages
...from Love's Labour's Lost reveal a notion of the jest as a commodity to be defined by its exchange: A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it.* From the sixteenth century, when the term "jest" was first used to designate all manner of laughable...
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