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" Not a whit, we defy augury ; there is a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now ; if it be not now, yet it will come : the readiness is all : Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows,... "
The Works of William Shakespeare - Page 791
by William Shakespeare - 1874
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What Happens in Hamlet

J. Dover Wilson - Literary Criticism - 1959 - 357 pages
...their repair hither, and say you are not fit. Hamlet. Not a whit, we defy augury. There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now,...leaves, knows what is' t to leave betimes, let be. Hamlet is fey, as heroes have been since the dawn oflkerature ; but was ever feydom so wonderfully...
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Some Shakespearean Themes: And An Approach to 'Hamlet'

Lionel Charles Knights - Literary Criticism - 1966 - 259 pages
...mind dislike anything, obey it. I will forestall their repair hither, and say you are not fit. Hamlet. Not a whit, we defy augury. There is a special providence...all. Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows what is't to leave betimes, let be. In my second lecture I made a truncated quotation from Professor CS...
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Hamlet and Other Shakespearean Essays

L. C. Knights, Lionel Charles Knights - Literary Criticism - 1979 - 308 pages
...mind dislike anything, obey it. I will forestall their repair hither, and say you are not fit. Hamlet. Not a whit, we defy augury. There is a special providence...all. Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows what is't to leave betimes, let be. In my second lecture I made a truncated quotation from Professor CS...
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The Best of DQR, Volumes 1-10

Flor Aarts - Literary Criticism - 1984 - 332 pages
...their repair hither, and say you are not fit. Hamlet. Not a whit, we defy augury. There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now....all. Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows what is't to leave betimes, let be. Those last words have a noble, haunting quality, and we certainly respond...
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Some Necessary Questions of the Play: A Stage-centered Analysis of ...

Gene A. Smith, Robert E. Wood - History - 1994 - 171 pages
...his intuition suggests will be a struggle to the death. Not a whit, we defy augury. There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now,...all. Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows what is't to leave betimes, let be. (V.ii.219-24) Hamlet has been reckless in the course of the play, but...
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Shakespeare the Playwright: A Companion to the Complete Tragedies, Histories ...

Victor L. Cahn - Drama - 1996 - 865 pages
...here about my heart — but it is no matter" (V, ii, 212-213). He is beyond caring: There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be |now|,...all. Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows what is't to leave betimes, let be. (V, ii, 219-223) Life has exhausted him, and he welcomes death as deliverance....
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My Year Off

Robert McCrum - Medical - 1998 - 231 pages
...time some peculiar longevity-gene had saved me from its direst outcome. [5] My New Life 1-5 August We defy augury. There is a special providence in the...readiness is all. Since no man of aught he leaves, knows aught, what is't to leave betimes? Let be. William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act V, scene ii Of all my conscious...
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Faultlines: Cultural Materialism and the Politics of Dissident Reading

Alan Sinfield - English literature - 1992 - 365 pages
...specially in respect of religious ideas and attitudes in early modern England. HAMLET'S SPECIAL PROVIDENCE We defy augury. There is a special providence in the...readiness is all. Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows aught, what is't to leave betimes? Let be. (Hamlet 5.2.215-20)21 [God is] a Governor and Preserver,...
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The Plays of Shakespeare: A Thematic Guide

Victor L. Cahn - Drama - 2001 - 361 pages
...inaction by blaming forces beyond his power. Later he becomes even more resigned: There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be [now],...all. Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows what is't to leave betimes, let be. (V, ii, 219-224) Hamlet has reached his nadir; he does not even care...
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The Wisdom of Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Political Science - 2002 - 228 pages
...fell incensed points Of mighty opposites. Hamlet — Hamlet V.ii We defy augury: there's a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now;...leaves knows, what is 't to leave betimes? Let be. Hamlet — Hamlet V.ii When remedies are past, the griefs are ended By seeing the worst, which late...
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