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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
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Ideology of Adventure: Studies in Modern Consciousness, 1100-1750, Volume 1

Michael Nerlich - History - 1987 - 272 pages
...his share of capital or his abilities, his labor. He gives an indirect / direct answer to the chorus: So may the outward shows be least themselves: The world is still deceiv'd with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt But, being season'd with a gracious...
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Shakespeare and the Poet's Life

Gary Schmidgall - Biography & Autobiography - 1990 - 234 pages
...reasoning as Bassanio does when he rejects the "gaudy gold" casket (and by extension the aureate style): So may the outward shows be least themselves — The world is still deceiv'd with ornament . . . . . . ornament is but the guiled shore To a most dangerous sea. [MV 3.2.73-74,...
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Money, Language, and Thought: Literary and Philosophic Economies from the ...

Marc Shell - Business & Economics - 1993 - 245 pages
...still uses fanciful speech and dress, now learns to say that, or act as though, he dismisses them. 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? (3- 2- 73-77) Bassanio thus criticizes deceivers...
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A New-England Tale; Or, Sketches of New-England Character and Manners

Catharine Maria Sedgwick - Fiction - 1995 - 208 pages
...she showed no more joy at having secured a station, to which he knew so many had aspired. CHAPTER XII The world is still deceived with ornament. In law,...with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? Merchant of Venice Jane entered upon the duties of her new vocation with more energy and interest than...
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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1996 - 1263 pages
...Let us all ring fancy's knell; I'll bepin it. — Ding, dong, belL All. Ding, dong, belL BASSANIO. ose it. But, Demetrius, come; And come, Egeus; season 'd with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? In religion, What damned error, but some...
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Writing on the Renaissance Stage: Written Words, Printed Pages, Metaphoric Books

Frederick Kiefer - Drama - 1996 - 377 pages
...can be misapplied. In The Merchant of Venice, Bassanio reflects on the prevalence of law subverted: "In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt / But, being...with a gracious voice, / Obscures the show of evil?" (3.2.75-77). Written materials become a means of subverting righteousness in The Devil's Law-Case:...
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Merchant of Venice, The by William Shakespeare (MAXnotes)

Jews in literature
...solution to the challenge of the caskets. He announces his logic at the very beginning of his attempt: "So may the outward shows be least themselves;/ The world is still deceived with ornament" (lines 734). In other words, he knows the lure of the surface may be misleading and refuses to be taken...
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Shakespeare's Political Pageant: Essays in Literature and Politics

Joseph Alulis, Vickie B. Sullivan - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 276 pages
...worry, however, for Bassanio proves himself an exceedingly apt pupil. He picks up her thought exactly: "So may the outward shows be least themselves; / The world is still deceived with ornament" (3.2.73-74). After a longish survey of the many cases where fair, but false, exteriors conceal corrupt...
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Venetian Views, Venetian Blinds: English Fantasies of Venice

Manfred Pfister, Barbara Schaff - Literary Criticism - 1999 - 255 pages
...'both-ness' is important. This is how Bassanio thinks his way to the choice of the correct casket: 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? (III,ii,73-7) This, mutatis mutandis, is...
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Razão e retórica na filosofia de Hobbes

Quentin Skinner - 1999 - 639 pages
...de sua felicidade. Voltando-se primeiramente para o cofre de ouro, Bassânio resolve rejeitá-lo: S0 may the outward shows be least themselves. The world...In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt But, being seasoned with a gracious voice, Obscures the show ofevil? In religion, What damnd error but some sober...
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