By Michael Macrone
The San Francisco Chronicle known as this unique and informative consultant to the Bard's most famed and quotable expressions "delightful...a gem." From "salad days" to "strange bedfellows," the awesome legacy of William Shakespeare lives on in our daily vocabulary. each one access contains the unique which means of the observe or expression, the play or poem during which apparently, which personality spoke it, and the way it really is used at the present time. Cross-referenced for simple use; black-and-white line drawings via Tom Lulevitch.
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Falls asleep] THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Induction, scene 1 , 7 - 1 5 'Til not budge an inch" is the greatest contribution the tinker Christopher Sly has made to everyday English. A version of the phrase—"I'll not yield an inch"—had entered the language not long before the composition of The Taming of the Shrew, but Sly's particular spin has endured. The use of "budge" as a verb, meaning "stir, move," was also very new; the earliest example we have is from 1590, about three years before Shakespeare's play.
OTHELLO: But this denoted a foregone conclusion. IAGO: 'Tis a shrewd doubt, though it be but a dream, And this may help to thicken other proofs, That do demonstrate thinly. OTHELLO Act 3, scene 3, 427-431 Othello—the brave, romantic, and somewhat credulous Moor of Venice—has fallen under the evil spell of his ensign Iago. Brush Up Your Shakespeare!
The ides of January, for exampie, is the thirteenth; the ides of March, May, July and October is the fifteenth. The importance of the ides of March for Caesar is that it is the day he will be assassinated by a group of conspirators, including Brutus and Cassius. Despite numerous and improbable portents—the soothsayer's warning, some fearsome thunBrush Up Your Shakespeare! 11 dering, his wife's dreams of his murder, and so on—Caesar ventures forth on the ides to meet his doom. Shakespeare borrowed this scene, along with other details of Caesar's demise, from Plutarch's Life of Julius Caesar.