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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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William Shakespeare: The Complete Works

William Shakespeare - Literary Collections - 1989 - 1280 pages
...ROSALINE. Why, that's the way to choke a gibing spirit, Whose influence is begot ofthat loose grace p with justice of our cause, With promise of high...And we, in them, no hope to win the day; So that Deaf 'd with the clamours of their own dear groans, Will hear your idle scorns, continue then, And...
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Lectures on Shakespeare

W. H. Auden - Drama - 2002 - 398 pages
...answers, 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...hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it. (V.ii.864, 867-72) "A twelvemonth?" Berowne answers, "Well, befall what will befall / I'll jest a twelvemonth...
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Speech and Performance in Shakespeare's Sonnets and Plays

David Schalkwyk, Academic Director of Global Shakespeare David Schalkwyk - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 262 pages
...'what distinguishes the individual from the type . . . arose from the situation, not the words'. '1' 'A jest's prosperity lies in the ear / Of him that...hears it, never in the tongue / Of him that makes it' (5.2.848 50), Rosaline pointedly reminds Biron. She refers not only to the very diflerent context of...
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Shakespeare Survey, Volume 24

Kenneth Muir - Drama - 2002 - 204 pages
...Rosaline rebukes him, that an audience's listening necessarily complements the actor's oral art, that A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it. . . (v,ii, 851-3) In the PhaeJrus, Plato also makes Socrates say 'anyone who leaves behind him a written...
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The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Comedy

Alexander Leggatt, Professor of English Alexander Leggatt - Literary Collections - 2002 - 237 pages
...behavior of the lords, however well framed their styles, nonetheless falls short of genuine civility: "A jest's prosperity lies in the ear / Of him that...hears it, never in the tongue / Of him that makes it" (5.2.849-51). Civility and the pursuit of eloquence imagined as copious and embellished language, this...
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Civilization's Quotations: Life's Ideal

Richard Alan Krieger - Electronic books - 2007 - 344 pages
..."Many a true word is spoken in jest." — English proverb "Jesters do oft prove to be prophets." — "A jest's prosperity lies in the ear of him that hears it, never in the tongue of him that makes it." — "They jest at scars, that never felt a wound." — Shakespeare "If you be a jester, keep your wit...
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A History of English Laughter: Laughter from Beowulf to Beckett and Beyond

Manfred Pfister - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 201 pages
...argument, again, with a Shakespearean quotation, this time from Love's Labour's Lost (5. 2. 851-53): A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it. never in the tongue Of him thai makes it... (Jokes 144 = Witz 162) Simply put, thls means we never laugh effectively at our own...
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Better a Shrew Than a Sheep: Women, Drama, and the Culture of Jest in Early ...

Pamela Allen Brown - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 263 pages
...subjects than does the status of the players or the texts they choose. As Rosaline says to Berowne, "A jest's prosperity lies in the ear / Of him that...hears it, never in the tongue / Of him that makes it" (Love's Labour's Lost 5.2.861-63). The proliferating jests of cuckoldry do not simply reproduce gender...
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Shakespeare at the Cineplex: The Kenneth Branagh Era

Samuel Crowl - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 254 pages
...exchange with Berowne when she sends him off to amuse the speechless sick so that he might learn that "a jest's prosperity lies in the ear / Of him that...hears it, never in the tongue / Of him that makes it" (5.2.861-63). Branagh's Berowne, a bit of a 19305 sport with a lock of hair dangling down over his...
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The Cambridge Shakespeare Library: Shakespeare's times, texts, and stages

Catherine M. S. Alexander - 2003 - 472 pages
...Rosaline rebukes him, that an audience's listening necessarily complements the actor's oral art, that A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it ... (v, ii, 85i-3) In the Phaedrus, Plato also makes Socrates say 'anyone who leaves behind him a written...
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