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" Makes mouths at the invisible event, Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune, death and danger dare, Even for an egg-shell. Rightly to be great Is not to stir without great argument, But greatly to find quarrel in a straw, When honour's... "
Hamlet. Titus Andronicus - Page 113
by William Shakespeare - 1788
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Shakespeare: Hamlet

Paul A. Cantor - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 101 pages
...delicate and tender prince. Whose spirit with divine ambition puffd. Makes mouths at the invisible event. Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune. death. and danger dare. Even for an egg-shell. (IV.iv.46-53) With his heroic rhetoric. Hamlet inflates the balloon of Fortinbras's greatness. only...
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Dynamism of Character in Shakespeare's Mature Tragedies

Piotr Sadowski - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 327 pages
...delicate and tender prince, Whose spirit, with divine ambition puffd. Makes mouths at the invisible event. Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune, death, and danger dare, Even for an eggshell. (4.4.48-53) As an endostatic Fortinbras is in fact the opposite: calculating, efficient, pragmatic,...
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Shakespeare's Tragedies

G. B. Harrison - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 277 pages
...delicate and tender Prince, Whose spirit with divine ambition puff'd, Makes mouths at the invisible event, Exposing what is mortal, and unsure, To all that fortune,...at the stake. How stand I then That have a father kilPd, a mother stain'd, Excitements of my reason, and my blood, And let all sleep, while to my shame...
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Shakespeare's Tragic Sequence

Kenneth Muir - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 207 pages
...delicate and tender prince, Whose spirit with divine ambition puff 'd Makes mouths at the invisible event, Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune,...find quarrel in a straw When honour's at the stake. (IV.iv.48-56) The surface argument is contradicted by the detail. A spirit inflated with ambition —...
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The Great Comedies and Tragedies

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2005 - 896 pages
...invisible event, Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune, death and danger dare, 50 Even for an egg-shell. Rightly to be great Is not...at the stake. How stand I then, That have a father killed, a mother stained, Excitements of my reason and my blood, And let all sleep? While to my shame...
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X-kit Literature Series: FET Hamlet

English literature - 2006 - 60 pages
...delicate and tender prince, Whose spirit with divine ambition puffed Makes mouths at the invisible event, Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune, death and danger dare, Even for an egg-shell8 ... Rightly to be great ls not to stir without great argument But greatly to find quarrel...
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Henry VIII's Last Victim: The Life and Times of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

Jessie Childs - Biography & Autobiography - 2007 - 391 pages
...could be achieved when Surrey's innovations were taken to the next level. II THE FURY OF RECKLESS YOUTH Rightly to be great Is not to stir without great argument,...find quarrel in a straw When honour's at the stake. Hamlet, Act 4, scene 4, lines 53-6 If poetry prescribed a kind of therapy for Surrey, an outlet for...
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Shakespeare: A Life in Art

Russell A. Fraser - 1988
..."makes mouths at the invisible event." (Only picture it.) He fights for an eggshell but never mind: Rightly to be great Is not to stir without great argument, But greatly to find quarrel in a straw When honor's at the stake. Tidying up the syntax, Shakespeare's editors suggest that his sense needs a "not...
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Looking for Hamlet

Marvin W. Hunt - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 256 pages
...delicate and tender prince Whose spirit with divine ambition puffed Makes mouths at the invisible event Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune, death and danger dare Even for an eggshell. He ruefully imagines "[t]he imminent death of twenty thousand" of Fortinbras' soldiers That for a fantasy...
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