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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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Essays on Dramatic Traditions: Challenges and Transmissions

Mary Beth Rose - 1989 - 238 pages
...Temporal authority and indeed all political structures of difference are turned inside out" (187). Your worm is your only emperor for diet. We fat all... two dishes, but to one table. That's the end. (4.3.20-24) Madness, then, is not so much metaphor as metonymy for death, a moment in which the materiality...
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I Am Hamlet

Steven Berkoff - 1990 - 209 pages
...humour him' look.) 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! (He feels very satisfied to see me so cuckoo.) Hamlet A man may eat fish with...
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Shakespeare's Festive World: Elizabethan Seasonal Entertainment and the ...

Frangois Laroque - 1993 - 423 pages
...HAM LKT: Not where he cats, but where a is eaten. A certain convocation of politic worms are e'en ai him. Your worm is your only emperor for diet. We fat...beggar is but variable service two dishes, but one table. That's the end. (iv, iii, 17-25) The riddle of Polonius' supper suggests, once again, that...
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Freeing Shakespeare's Voice: The Actor's Guide to Talking the Text

Kristin Linklater - 1992 - 214 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...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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Ideological Approaches to Shakespeare: The Practice of Theory

Robert P. Merrix, Nicholas Ranson - 1992 - 289 pages
...Polonius is at supper: "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." His poetry, as in the stately speech of Cordelia's future husband in Lear (1.1.): "Thy dowerless daughter,...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare - 1992 - 138 pages
...he eats, but where he is eaten. A certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him. Your worm 20 is your only emperor for diet: we fat all creatures...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 that...
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La route: réalité et représentation dans l'œuvre de Wole Soyinka

Christiane Fioupou - 1994 - 390 pages
...convocation of politic worms are c'en at him. Your worm is your only emperor for diet : we fat ail créatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots :...to one table : that's the end. / KING : Alas, alas ! / HAMLET : A man may fish with the worm that has eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed...
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The Masks of Hamlet

Marvin Rosenberg - 1992 - 971 pages
...Hamlet's developing philosophy (non-philosophy?), his fears, but also a buried threat to Claudius: Your worm is your only emperor for diet: we fat all...ourselves for maggots. Your fat king and your lean beggar Here he has nodded or pointed to Claudius or the spies, as suited is but variable service ...
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Bodylore

Katharine Young - 1995 - 261 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...and we fat ourselves for maggots. Your fat king and lean beggar is but variable service, two dishes, but to one table; that's the end. Claudius: Alas,...
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The Changing Fictions of Masculinity

David Rosen - 1993 - 234 pages
...cyclical rather than static or progressive view of life and death is seen in one of Hamlet's riddles: "We fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves...variable service two dishes, but to one table. ... A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that...
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