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" So may the outward shows be least themselves : The world is still deceived with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, But, being seasoned with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? "
The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor - Page 316
1811
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Great Oxford: Essays on the Life and Work of Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of ...

Richard Malim - Aristocracy (Social class) - 2004 - 362 pages
...prayerful meditation the maturing influence of true love upon Bassanio's character. The speech begins: So may the outward shows be least themselves, The world is still deceiv'd with ornament It continues (ll. 78-80,90-101): In religion What damned error, but some sober...
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Shakespeare: The Golfer's Companion

Syd Pritchard - Humor - 2005 - 147 pages
...than thou knowest And thou shah have more Than two tens to a score. [King Lear I iv 117] Honeyed words In law what plea so tainted and corrupt But being...season'd with a gracious voice Obscures the show of evil. [The Merchant of Venice III ii 73] Give thy thoughts no tongue, Nor any unproportioned thought his...
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Shakespeare and the Lawyers

O. Hood Phillips - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 214 pages
...the sound of a lawyer's voice? Bassanio, in his speech on ornament in the casket scene, asks mildly: In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, But, being...with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? (The Merchant of Venice, HI. 2) 1 WS Herrington, 'The Legal Lore of Shakespeare', (rgzj) 3 Canadian...
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Shakespeare

George Ian Duthie - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 206 pages
...as Bassanio would not have chosen the leaden casket. Let us consider his soliloquy while choosing: The world is still deceived with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, .^ But, being seasoned with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? In religion, What damned error, but some...
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Shakespeare and His Comedies

John Russell Brown - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 252 pages
...argument before making his choice, the argument which gives symbolic significance to that choice : So may the outward shows be least themselves: The world is still deceived with ornament. . . . . . . Therefore, thou gaudy gold, Hard food for Midas, I will none of thee; . . . (III. ii. 73-107)...
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Kill All the Lawyers?: Shakespeare's Legal Appeal

Daniel Kornstein - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 274 pages
...not gold" (2.7.65). When Bassanio considers which casket to pick, he repeats the underlying theme: "So may the outward shows be least themselves. / The world is still deceived with ornament" (3.2.73-74). And the very first example to his mind of an "outward show," of a misleading appearance,...
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Shakespeare and the Ideal of Love

Jill Line - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 192 pages
...head. Bassanio then gives a reasoned discourse on the dangers of being deceived by outward appearances: So may the outward shows be least themselves, — The world is still deceiv'd by ornament — In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, But being season'd with a gracious...
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Renaissance Figures of Speech

Sylvia Adamson, Gavin Alexander, Katrin Ettenhuber - History - 2007 - 306 pages
...to choose between the three caskets. Turning to the golden one, he sets it aside with these words: So may the outward shows be least themselves. The...In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt But, being seasoned with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? In religion, What damned error but some...
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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Dramatists, English - 2007 - 1280 pages
...Let us all ring fancy's knell; I'll begin it. — Ding, dong, belL All. Ding, dong, belL BASSANIO. sfigure it. Demetrius is a worthy gentleman. HERMIA. So is season 'd with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? In religion, What damned error, but some...
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The Sound the Stars Make Rushing Through the Sky: The Writings of Jane ...

Jane Johnston Schoolcraft - Literary Collections - 2007 - 292 pages
...of Silver & the last of Lead, in one of which, the picture of Portia, is contained, he repeats — "So may the outward shows be least themselves; "The world is still deceived by ornament." and as he chooses the Leaden one, says — "Thy plainness moves one more than eloquence."...
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