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" Suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature; for anything so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold, as 'twere,... "
The Plays of William Shakespeare: Accurately Printed from the Text of the ... - Page 192
by William Shakespeare - 1803
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Hand Book for Visitors to Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon (England) - 1851 - 40 pages
...the drama, an extract from his own lecture on the subject in " Hamlet" fully shows :— " Let your discretion be your tutor, suit the action to the word,...overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first, and now, was, and is, to hold, as 't were, the mirror up to nature; to show virtue her...
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The dramatic (poetical) works of William Shakspeare; illustr ..., Volume 7

William Shakespeare - 1851
...for o'erdoing Termagant ; ' it out-herods Herod. 'Pray you, avoid it. 1 Play. I warrant your honor. Ham. Be not too tame neither ; but let your own discretion...that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature ; for any thing so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first, and now, was, and...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare, Russell Jackson - Performing Arts - 1996 - 208 pages
...honour. HAMLET the worrier is never tar away. A couple of the other actors join the conversation. HAMLET Be not too tame, neither; but let your own discretion...action to the word, the word to the action, with this Hugely important point. If this doesn't happen, he may not obtain the proof of murder. HAMLET (continuing)...
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Alternative Shakespeare Auditions for Men

William Shakespeare, Simon Dunmore - Performing Arts - 1997 - 120 pages
...groundlings, who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shows and noise ... ... Be not too tame, neither; but let your own discretion...overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is to hold as 'twere the mirror up to nature, to show virtue her own...
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Alternative Shakespeare Auditions for Women

William Shakespeare, Simon Dunmore - Performing Arts - 1997 - 120 pages
...groundlings, who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shows and noise ... ... Be not too tame, neither; but let your own discretion...overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is to hold as 'twere the mirror up to nature ... Now this overdone, or...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1999 - 296 pages
...o'erdoing Termagant - it out-Herods Herod. Pray you avoid it. I PLAYER I warrant your honour. HAMLET Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion...o'erstep not the modesty of nature. For anything so o'erdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end both at the first and now, was and is, to hold as...
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Shakespeare and the Law

Dunbar Plunket Barton - Drama - 1929 - 167 pages
...would have such a fellow whipped for o'erdoing Termagant; it out-herods Herod; pray you, avoid it. Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion...observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature: for any thing so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and...
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Author's Pen and Actor's Voice: Playing and Writing in Shakespeare's Theatre

Robert Weimann - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 298 pages
...not to say prescribes, a culturally refined, socially selective, decorous understanding of "nature." Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion...observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature (3.2.16-19) The player, Hamlet suggests, should have a "tutor" whose name is "discretion." The same...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare - 2000 - 336 pages
...o'erdoing Termagant; it outherods Herod, pray you avoid it. 15 FIRST PLAYER I warrant your honour. HAMLET Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion...special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty 20 of nature. For any thing so o'erdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end both at the first,...
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Shakespeare : A Life: A Life

Park Honan - Biography & Autobiography - 1998 - 480 pages
...'Suit the action to the word, the word to the action', Hamlet rephrases that neo-classical wisdom, with this special observance: that you o'erstep not...overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is to hold as 'twere the mirror up to nature, to show virtue her own...
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