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" How absolute the knave is ! we must speak by the card, or equivocation will undo us. By the Lord, Horatio, these three years I have taken note of it ; the age is grown so picked that the toe of the peasant comes so near the heel of the courtier, he galls... "
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Ulysses Annotated: Notes for James Joyce's Ulysses

Don Gifford, Robert J. Seidman - Literary Criticism - 1989 - 645 pages
...- Hamlet to Horatio about the gravedigger's verbal niceties: "the age is grown so picked [refined] that the toe of the peasant comes so near the heel of the courtier, he galls his kibe [he rubs a blister on the courtier's heel]" (Vi151-54). 9.1110 (215:9). all amort - Elizabethan expression:...
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Shakespeare's Dramatic Transactions

Michael Mooney - Drama - 1990 - 226 pages
...undo us. By the Lord, Horatio, this three years I have took note of it: the age is grown so pick'd that the toe of the peasant comes so near the heel of the courtier, he galls his kibe" (137-141). Although he does not know it, his speculations about the "base uses" to which "we may return"...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1992 - 138 pages
...equivocation will undo us. By the Lord, Horatio, — 130 these three years I have taken note of it — the age is grown so picked, that the toe of the peasant comes...so near the heel of the courtier he galls his kibe. — How long hast thou been grave-maker? CLOWN 1 Of all the days i'th'year, I came to't that day that...
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To the Rescue of Art: Twenty-Six Essays

Rudolf Arnheim - Art - 1992 - 248 pages
...gravedigger's reasoning, says, "By the Lord, Horatio, this three years I have took note of it, the age is grown so picked that the toe of the peasant comes...near the heel of the courtier, he galls his kibe" (5.1.130), that is, he rubs the sores on his heel. The comparison between the intellectual powers of...
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Historical Criticism and the Challenge of Theory

Janet Levarie Smarr - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 226 pages
...Popular Protest and Ventriloquism in Early Modern England I begin with a quotation from Shakespeare: "The toe of the peasant comes so near the heel of the courtier, he galls his kibe," (Hamlet, 5:1:117-18). In this disgruntled admission by Hamlet that the gravedigger's wit challenges...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare, Russell Jackson - Performing Arts - 1996 - 208 pages
...equivocation will undo us. By the Lord, Horatio, these three years I have taken note of it. The age is grown so picked that the toe of the peasant comes...so near the heel of the courtier he galls his kibe. HAMLET's very tone of voice, changes the mood. No larks for a moment. HAMLET (to First Gravedigger)...
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Sallies of the Mind

Francis Fergusson - History - 1998 - 253 pages
...disorder: the dead receive no respect; the professions, especially law, are laughably helpless; "the age is grown so picked that the toe of the peasant comes...near the heel of the courtier, he galls his kibe." As for the courtiers, we shall presently have Osric: "He did comply with his dug before he sucked it."...
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He Knew He was Right

Anthony Trollope - Fiction - 1998 - 952 pages
...remark to Horatio apropos the gravedigging clowns, and the growing egalitarianism of the age: 'The age is grown so picked, that the toe of the peasant comes...near the heel of the courtier, he galls his kibe.' now enslaved no more: Wallachia refers to the liberation of American slaves, as a result of'the recent...
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Ulysses

James Joyce - Artists - 1998 - 980 pages
...after Hamlet to Horatio of the gravedigger's wordplay in Hamlet, vi 139-41: 'the age is grown so pick'd that the toe of the peasant comes so near the heel of the courtier, he galls his kibe'. 206.23 all amort: 'dispirited, dejected'; Taming of the Shrew, 1v. iii. 36 and ; Henry VI, m. ii. 124....
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The First Quarto of Hamlet

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1999 - 144 pages
...was a woman. 55 HAMLET An excellent fellow, by the lord. Horatio, this seven years have I noted it: the toe of the peasant comes so near the heel of the courtier that he galls his kibe. - I prithee, tell me one thing. How long will a man lie in the ground before...
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