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" Not where he eats, but where he is eaten. A certain convocation of [politic] worms* are e'en at him. Your worm is your only emperor for diet. We fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots. "
The dramatic works of William Shakspeare, with notes original and selected ... - Page 286
by William Shakespeare - 1826
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And Flights of Angels

Terrence Ortwein - 1994 - 91 pages
...At supper? Where? HAMLET. Not where he eats, but where 'a is eaten. A certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him. Your worm is your only emperor... two dishes, but to one table. That's the end. HAMLET. In heaven. Send thither to see. If your messenger find him not there, seek him i' th' other...
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Some Necessary Questions of the Play: A Stage-centered Analysis of ...

Gene A. Smith, Robert E. Wood - 1994 - 171 pages
...gave him. (in.iv. 172-77) Not where he eats, but where 'a is eaten; a certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him. Your worm is your only emperor...service, two dishes, but to one table that's the end. (IV.iii. 19-25) When Hamlet reveals where he has hidden Polonius, the jest produced by ignoring the...
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Hamlet and Narcissus

John Russell - 1995 - 246 pages
...eaten," Hamlet, with black and deadly humor, answers: A certain convocation of politic worms are e'en now at him. Your worm is your only emperor for diet. We...service two dishes but to one table. That's the end. (IV.iii. 19-25) "Alas, alas," Claudius responds, deprecating the disease of his nephew's wits. But...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare - 1996 - 101 pages
...where 'a is eaten. A certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him. Your worm is your only 20 emperor for diet. We fat all creatures else to fat...may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and 25 eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm. KING. What dost thou mean by this? HAM. Nothing but...
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Fat King, Lean Beggar: Representations of Poverty in the Age of Shakespeare

William C. Carroll - 1996 - 237 pages
...death will bring even a king low. As for Polonius's body, Hamlet. A certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him. Your worm is your only emperor...but to one table. That's the end. King. Alas, alas! Hamlet. A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare, Russell Jackson - 1996 - 208 pages
...supper? Where? HAMLET (jolly) Not where he eats, but where he is eaten. A certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him. Your worm is your only emperor...service two dishes, but to one table. That's the end CLAUDIUS Alas, alas! This last for the company. A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a King,...
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Rebel in the Soul: An Ancient Egyptian Dialogue Between a Man and His Destiny

Bika Reed - 1997 - 141 pages
...At supper? Where? Hamlet: Not where he eats, but where he is eaten; a certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him. Your worm is your only emperor...lean beggar is but variable service; two dishes, but 'The ancient British considered maggots as their main food. It must have been a long extinct variety...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare - 1999 - 296 pages
...At supper? Where? HAMLET Not where he eats, but where a is eaten. A certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him. Your worm is your only emperor...service, two dishes, but to one table; that's the end. CLAUDIUS Alas, alas. H AML ET A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and 25 eat of the...
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Historicism, Psychoanalysis, and Early Modern Culture

Carla Mazzio, Douglas Trevor - 2000 - 417 pages
...King. At supper? Where? Ham. Not where he eats, but where a is eaten. A certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him. Your worm is your only emperor...beggar is but variable service two dishes, but one table. That's the end. King. Alas, alas. Ham. A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king,...
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Practicing New Historicism

Catherine Gallagher, Stephen Greenblatt - 2001 - 249 pages
...and revulsion, an obsession with a corporeality that reduces everything to appetite and excretion. "We fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves... two dishes, but to one table. That's the end" (4.3.22-25). Here, as in the lines about the king's progress through the guts of a beggar, the revulsion...
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