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" A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it... "
The Plays of Shakspeare: Printed from the Text of Samuel Johnson, George ... - Page 260
by William Shakespeare - 1807
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Gender and Literacy on Stage in Early Modern England

Eve Rachele Sanders, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Humanities Stephen Orgel - Literary Criticism - 1998 - 260 pages
...draws attention to the men's use of the language of the academy as an exclusionary tactic. But just as "a jest's prosperity lies in the ear / Of him that...hears it, never in the tongue / Of him that makes it" (5.2.838-40), so too the scholars can use their knowledge to diminish others only if those on the receiving...
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The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations

Connie Robertson - Reference - 1998 - 669 pages
...draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument. 10338 Love's Labour's Lost n thy lips. 10165 Antony and Cleopatra The crown o' the earth doth melt. My lord! O! withered 10339 Macbeth FIRST WITCH: When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain? SECOND...
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Yale Studies in English, Volume 34

1908
...114.'— Whal. First Epilogue. 2 Their fate is only in their hearers eares. Cf. LL L. 5. 2. 871-3 : A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it. 4 The maker. For a discussion of Jonson's use of the word ' maker ' cf. Henry, ed. Epiccme, Second...
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The Caveman Within Us

William J. Fielding - Psychology - 1999 - 372 pages
...party to a joke. Shakespeare realized this when he said, in Love's Labour's Lost (Act V, Scene 2) : A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it. The social value of these expressions of our more elementary nature, which contribute to the well-being...
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Francis Bacon Tudor Equals William Shakespeare

Andrew Stevens Peck - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 65 pages
...Y1 I have sent the ...". Also, THAT was used to denote WHO (as in the epitaph) in Elizabethan days: A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it. Love 'a Labours Lost Act V, sc. 2 Y served the following purposes in the epitaph: 1. r, TE, and T-Es...
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Lectures Upon Shakspeare

Samuel Taylor Coleridge - 2001
...agony. Ros. .Why, that's the way to choke a gibing spirit, Whose influence is begot of that loose grace, Which shallow laughing hearers give to fools : A jest's...tongue Of him that makes it : then, if sickly ears, Deaf 'd with the clamors of their own dear groans, Will hear your idle scorns, continue then, . And...
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Love's Labour's Lost

William Shakespeare - Courts and courtiers - 2001 - 500 pages
...by every means, when she condemns that ' gibing spirit, Whose influence is begot of that loose grace Which shallow laughing hearers give to fools.' ' A...hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it.' Thus, in his most joyous comedy, Shakespeare indicates his genuine relation to that glittering holiday...
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Shakespeare, Brecht, and the Intercultural Sign

Antony Tatlow - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 297 pages
...construction. Freud quotes Shakespeare to illustrate the dynamic between told, teller, and listener: A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it. (Love's Labor's Lost, V.ii.861)25 Interpreting jokes tells us much about reading a play's performance...
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Say It Like Shakespeare: How to Give a Speech Like Hamlet, Persuade Like ...

Thomas Leech - Business & Economics - 2001 - 313 pages
...dwelling upon all circumstances which are not to the purpose." Does the Audience Share Tour Great Wit? A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it. Rosaline, Love's Labour's Lost. 5, 2 Humor can be a powerful communication device. What about ethnic...
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Mirth Making: The Rhetorical Discourse on Jesting in Early Modern England

Chris Holcomb, Christopher M. Holcomb - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 230 pages
...itself in the laughter of its hearers. Similarly, as Rosaline says to Berowne in Love's Labor's Last, "A jest's prosperity lies in the ear / Of him that...hears it, never in the tongue / Of him that makes it" (5.2.857-59). If the success of a jest depends largely upon audience ratification, then an orator or...
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