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Antony and Cleopatra/#3/Quotes and Answers

Quote:  “His faults in him are hereditary rather than
purchased.”
Answer: Act 1, Scene 4, Line
13-15.  Lepidus to Caesar.  Antony, Caesar and Lepidus are the triumvirate. They rule Rome. Lepidus often tries diplomatically to bridge the passions and conflicts between the other two. In Rome, Caesar angrily talks with Lepidus about Antony, saying such things as “we hear that in Alexandria he fishes, drinks, revels at night, hardly recognizing that we are partners.” This quote is Lepidus’ response.

Abridged Much Ado About Nothing/#15/Confrontation/Act 5, Scene 5.1

Leonato has a brother, Anthony, known here as Leonato’s
Brother. Leonato’s Brother tells his brother “you will kill yourself, and ‘tis
not wisdom thus to reinforce grief against yourself.”  Leonato cries “cease thy counsel, which falls
into mine ears as profitless as water in a sieve.”  Leonato’s Brother, hearing his brother out,
calmly says “Bend not all the harm upon thyself.  Make those that do offend you suffer
too.”  Leonato replies “There thou
speak’st reason.”  The Prince and Claudio
enter.  The Prince says “Good e’en.  We have some haste, Leonato.”  Leonato says “Well, my lord, are you so hasty
now?”  Prince says “Nay, do not quarrel
with us, good old man.”  Claudio says
“Who wrongs him?”  Leonato cries “Thou
dost wrong me, thou dissembler, thou.
Know, Claudio, thou hast so wronged my innocent child and me.  Thy slander hath gone through and through her
heart, and she lies buried with her ancestors, framed by thy villainy.”  Claudio says “My villainy?  You say not right, old man.”  Leonato snaps “Thou hast killed my
child.  If thou kill’st me, boy, thou
shalt kill a man.”  Leonato’s Brother
steps up, saying “God knows I loved my niece, and she is dead, slandered to
death by villains, boys, apes, braggarts!”
Leonato says “Brother Antony!”
Leonato’s Brother says “Do not you meddle. Let me deal in this.”  Trying to calm things, Prince says “Gentlemen
both, we will not disturb your patience.
My heart is sorry for your daughter’s death, but on my honor, she was charged
with nothing but what was true and very full of proof.”  Leonato begins to protest.  The Prince says “I will not hear you.”  Leonato and his brother exit.

Abridged Much Ado About Nothing/#18/Penance/Act 5, Scenes 2-3

Benedick is on stage.
Beatrice enters.  They exchange
quick lines, barbs and insults.  Benedick
finally says, “Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably.”  She, as always, has a quick response, saying
“It appears not in this confession.”
Ursula enters, saying “Madam, you must come to your uncle.  It is proved my Lady Hero hath been falsely
accused, the Prince and Claudio mightily abused, and Don John is the author of
all, who is fled and gone.”  She
exits.  Beatrice and Benedick leave
together.  They plan to visit
Leonato.  Separately, following Leonato’s
penance instructions, Claudio, along with the Prince, attends the family
tomb.  An epitaph reads “Done to death by
slanderous tongues was the Hero that here lies.”  Claudio hangs a scroll on the monument.  He sings a solemn hymn.  He says “Yearly will I do this rite.”  The Prince says “Come, to Leonato’s we will
go.”

Henry IV Part 2/#7/Quotes and Answers

Quote:  “We are time’s subjects, and time bids begone.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 3, Line
116.  Hastings to Mowbray.  Hastings and the Archbishop are the most confident of the rebel leaders; Lords Mowbray and Bardolph are less so. Mowbray asks the group “Shall we go draw our numbers and set on?” Eager to get on with the war effort, Hastings offers this quote.

Abridged Cymbeline/#9/Rejection/Act 2, Scene 3

We learn that Caius Lucius, an ambassador from Rome, has
arrived at Cymbeline’s court.  Cymbeline
tells us “He comes on angry purpose now. But that’s no fault of his.”  Cymbeline tells Cloten that when he’s free to
“attend the queen and us. We shall have need t’ employ you towards this
Roman.”  The king and queen exit.  Cloten makes another attempt to win
Imogen.  She barely puts up with
him.  He says “Still I swear I love
you.”  She says “I regard it not.  Faith, I shall unfold equal discourtesy to
your best kindness.  I care not for
you.”  He says “You sin obedience, which
you owe your father.”  She says “You are
too base to be Posthumus’ groom.  Thou
wert dignified enough if your virtues were compared with the under-hangman of
his kingdom.”  He says “The south fog rot
him!”  She gets angrier, saying “His most
worthless garment is dearer in my respect than thou art.” Pisanio enters.  Cloten says “His garment?”  She tells Pisanio “I am haunted by a
fool.  Go bid my woman search for a jewel
that too casually hath left mine arm.  It
was my master’s.  Confident I am last
night ‘twas on mine arm; I kissed it.”
Pisanio says “’twill not be lost.”
She exits.  An upset Cloten says
“I’ll be revenged!  His most worthless
garment?  Well.”  He exits.

Abridged Julius Caesar/#13/Eulogy/Act 3, Scene 2.2

Antony begins his eulogy with his famous lines “Friends,
Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears.  I
come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
He was my friend, faithful and just to me.  But Brutus says he was ambitious, and Brutus
is an honorable man.”  He goes on to
question how ambitious Caesar was, saying “Ambition should be made of sterner
stuff.”  He says Caesar “thrice refused
the crown.  Was this ambition?  You did love him once, not without
cause.  What cause withholds you, then,
to mourn for him?  O judgment, thou art
fled to brutish beasts, and men have lost their reason!  Bear with me.
My heart is there in the coffin with Caesar.  I must pause.”  He weeps.
The plebeians talk among themselves, sympathetic to Antony’s cause.  One plebeian says “There’s not a nobler man
in Rome than Antony.”  Another says “Now
mark him, he begins to speak.”  Antony
says “O masters, if I were disposed to stir your hearts and minds to mutiny and
rage, I should do Brutus wrong and Cassius wrong, who, you all know, are
honorable men.  I will not do them
wrong.  Here’s a parchment I found in his
closet.  ‘Tis his will, which, pardon me,
I do not mean to read.”  The plebeians
cry “The will, the will. We will hear Caesar’s will.”  Antony responds “I must not read it.  It will inflame you; it will make you
mad.  ‘Tis good you know not that you are
his heirs.”  The plebeians cry “You shall
read us the will, Caesar’s will.”  Antony
says “I have gone too far to tell you of it.
I fear I wrong the honorable men whose daggers have stabbed Caesar. I do
fear it.”  A plebeian shouts “They were
villains, murderers. Read the will.”
Antony asks “You will compel me, then, to read the will?  Let me show you him that made the will.”  Antony descends.  A plebeian says “Stand from the hearse.  Stand from the body.”  Another says “Stand back!  Room!”

Julius Caesar/#27/Quotes and Answers

Quote: “I am no orator, as Brutus is.”

Answer: Act 3, Scene 2, Line 229.
Antony to Plebeians.  Antony works the crowd beautifully. He says the Conspirators are “wise and honorable” and that “I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts.” He then offers this quote. He goes on to say “as you know me all, a plain blunt man that loves his friends.” He’s good.

Abridged Henry VI Part 2/#26/Distortion/Act 4, Scene 7

The scene opens in Smithfield, a market area east of
London’s Tower.  Dick says to Cade. “Only
that the laws of England may come out of your mouth.”  Cade says “I have thought upon it; it shall
be so.  Burn all the records of the
realm; my mouth shall be the Parliament of England.”  An excited Messenger enters, saying “My lord,
a prize.  Here’s the Lord Say, which sold
the towns in France.”  Cade asks Say “Why
hast thou given up Normandy to the Dauphin?
Thou hast caused printing to be used and hast built a paper mill.”  Lord Say says “What of that?”  He goes on to say “You men of Kent —.”  But he is cut off by Dick who asks “What say
you of Kent?”  Say goes on to use very
civil terms to defend himself and Kent.
He sets the record straight for them in terms of evens and actions taken
in France.  Say and Cade continue to
argue, neither giving in much to the other.
Dick asks Say “Why dost thou quiver, man?”  Say replies “The palsy, and not fear,
provokes me.”  Cade says “Take him away
and behead him.”  Say says ‘Tell me
wherein have I offended most?  Whom have
I injured, that ye seek my death? Oh, let me live!”  Aside, Cade says “I feel remorse in myself
with his words, but I’ll bridle it; he shall die.”  Say exits, guarded.  Cade says “The proudest peer in the realm
shall not wear a head on his shoulders, unless he pay me tribute.”

Measure for Measure/#8/Quotes and Answers

Quote: “We must not make a scarecrow of the law.”

Answer: Act 2, Scene 1, Line 1.
Angelo to Escalus.  Angelo, standing-in for the Duke of Vienna, has determined that for getting Julietta pregnant, even though she is his fiancée, Claudio is to be imprisoned and “that within these three days his head to be chopped off.” Escalus, a judge, believes the sentence is too severe. Taking a hard line, Angelo offers Escalus this quote, suggesting that we don’t want “birds of prey to perch on the scarecrow rather than to be terrorized by it.”

Abridged Henry VI Part 3/#19/Execution/Act 5, Scenes 6-7

The scene opens with King Henry reading a book of
devotions on the walls of the Tower of London.
Richard Duke of Gloucester and a Lieutenant enter.  Richard says to the Lieutenant “Sirrah, leave
us to ourselves.  We must confer.”  The Lieutenant exits.  King Henry talks of stories of death and of
his now deceased son.  Richard replies
‘Think’st thou I am an executioner?”
King Henry replies “If murdering innocents be executing, why, then thou
art an executioner.  I prophesy that many
a thousand which now mistrust no parcel of my fear shall rue the hour that ever
thou wast born.”  Richard says “I’ll hear
no more.  Die, prophet.”  He stabs him.
A dying King Henry says “O, God forgive my sins, and pardon thee.”  He dies.
Richard says to himself “I have neither pity, love, nor fear.  Since the heavens have shaped my body so, let
hell make crooked my mind to answer it.
I am myself alone.”  He talks of
his brothers, saying “I’ll be thy death. Henry and his son are gone; thou,
Clarence, art next.”  He exits with the
body.  Meanwhile, in the palace in
London, a proud King Edward says “Once more we sit in England’s royal throne,
repurchased with the blood of enemies.”
The Nurse enters, carrying the infant prince.  King Edward says “Young Ned, of our labors
thou shalt reap the gain.”  Aside,
Richard says “I’ll blast his harvest.”
King Edward says “Clarence and Gloucester, kiss your princely nephew,
brothers, both.”  Clarence does.  Ever deceitful Richard says “I love the tree
whence thou sprang’st.”  He kisses the
infant.  Aside, he says “To say the
truth, so Judas kissed his master.”
Edward says “Now am I seated as my soul delights.”  Clarence asks ‘What will your grace have done
with Margaret?”  Edward replies “Away
with her, and waft her hence to France.”