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" Live you ? or are you aught That man may question ? You seem to understand me, By each at once her choppy finger laying Upon her skinny lips. You should be women, And yet your beards forbid me to interpret That you are so. "
Macbeth, from the text of S. Johnson and G. Steevens, revised - Page 6
by William Shakespeare - 1784
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The Great Comedies and Tragedies

William Shakespeare - 2005 - 896 pages
...look not like th'inhabitants o'th'earth, And yet are on't? Live you? Or are you aught That man may question? You seem to understand me, By each at once...your beards forbid me to interpret That you are so. MACBETH Speak, if you can: what are you? 1 WITCH All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis!...
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Focus on Macbeth

John Russell Brown - 2005 - 272 pages
...look not like th'inhabitants o' th' earth, And yet are on't? Live you, or are you aught That man may question? You seem to understand me, By each at once...your beards forbid me to interpret That you are so. (I.iii.39-47) Since the audience can see for themselves what Banquo so precisely details, this account...
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Mysteries of Magic

C. J. S. Thompson - 2005 - 364 pages
...not like th' inhabitants o' the earth, And yet are on't ? live you ? or are you aught That man may question ? You seem to understand me By each at once...your beards forbid me to interpret That you are so." After they vanish he remarks : " Were such things here as we do speak about, Or have we eaten on the...
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Shakespeare Reproduced: The Text in History and Ideology

Jean E. Howard, Marion F. O'Connor - 2005 - 292 pages
...of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth's reading of Macbeth's letter, or Banquo's confrontation with the witches: You seem to understand me, By each at once her choppy...your beards forbid me to interpret That you are so. (I. iii. 43-7) Their beards and fingers on their lips forbid interpretation and point beyond an order...
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Charting Shakespearean Waters: Text and Theatre

Sos Haugaard - 2005 - 164 pages
...afford for doubling with other characters. Since they apparently straddle both genders in appearance - 'You should be women; / And yet your beards forbid me to interpret / That you are so' (1.3.43-45) their appearance also raises questions about how far a production might explore issues...
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Vintage Mystery and Detective Stories

David Stuart Davies - 2006 - 1276 pages
...As to her chin, Calton, when he saw it wagging to and fro, involuntarily quoted Macbedi's lines 'Ye should be women, And yet your beards forbid me to interpret That ye are so.' She was no bad representative of the weird sisters. As diey entered she eyed them viciously,...
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William Shakespeare's Macbeth: A Sourcebook

Alexander Leggatt - 2006 - 197 pages
...look not like th'inhabitants o'th' earth, And yet are on't? Live you, or are you aught That man may question? You seem to understand me, By each at once...your beards forbid me to interpret That you are so. MACBETH Speak if you can; what are you? FIRST WITCH All hail Macbeth, hail to thee Thane of Glamis....
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William Shakespeare's Macbeth: A Sourcebook

Alexander Leggatt - 2006 - 197 pages
...you, or are you aught That man may question? You seem to understand me, By each at once her choppy13 finger laying Upon her skinny lips. You should be...your beards forbid me to interpret That you are so. MACBETH Speak if you can; what are you? FIRST WITCH All hail Macbeth, hail to thee Thane of Glamis....
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Shakespeare and the American Popular Stage

Frances Teague - 2006 - 221 pages
...what the nature of that claim is helps account for Banquo's remark about the witches in Macbeth: You should be women, And yet your beards forbid me to interpret That you are so. (1.3.4547) Nothing. When the character Benedick decides to be in love with Beatrice, he shaves,...
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O Let Us Howle Some Heavy Note: Music for Witches, the Melancholic, and the ...

Amanda Eubanks Winkler - 2006 - 232 pages
...over onto the late seventeenth-century stage, with men continuing to play these roles. As Banquo says, "You should be women / And yet your beards forbid me to interpret / That you are so" [I.iii.45-47]. The assignment of these roles to adult actors marginalized the theatrical hag from the...
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