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" I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word Would harrow up thy soul ; freeze thy young blood ; Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres ; Thy knotted and combined locks to part, And each particular hair to stand on end, Like quills upon... "
The Stratford Shakspere, ed. by C. Knight - Page 22
by William Shakespeare - 1856
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Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers

James Michael Thomas - 2005 - 336 pages
...would feel if he knew what his father has suffered. GHOST But that I am forbid To tell the secrets my prison-house, I could a tale unfold whose lightest...eternal blazon must not be To ears of flesh and blood. Now the Ghost discloses that he was murdered, which is the pivotal event of the background story. He...
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Shakespeare, from Stage to Screen

Sarah Hatchuel - 2004
...if he knew the secret of after-death, he uses words that transform Hamlet into a monstrous figure: But that I am forbid To tell the secrets of my prison-house,...particular hair to stand on end, Like quills upon the fearful porpentine. (1.v.13-zo) The bulging eyes and the hair standing on end recall the mythic Medusa...
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The Great Comedies and Tragedies

William Shakespeare - 2005 - 896 pages
...day confined to fast in fires, Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature Are burnt and purged away: but that I am forbid To tell the secrets of...combined locks to part, And each particular hair to stand an end, Like quills upon the fretful porpentine. But this eternal blazon must not be To ears of flesh...
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Gulliver as Slave Trader: Racism Reviled by Jonathan Swift

Elaine L. Robinson - 2006 - 252 pages
...to tell Hamlet would, in Gulliver's words, make his flesh creep with a horror he could not express: I could a tale unfold whose lightest word Would harrow...hair to stand on end Like quills upon the fretful porpentine.39 Similarly relevant, also, is the fact that Gulliver, like Hamlet, listens to the wrong...
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Hitler's Canary

Sandi Toksvig - 2007 - 191 pages
...she whispered with great intensity: "... But that I am forbid To tell the secrets of my prison house, I could a tale unfold whose lightest word Would harrow...hair to stand on end, Like quills upon the fretful porcupine." The officer nodded. He had no idea what it meant or that it was from Shakespeare's Hamlet....
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Hitler's Canary

Sandi Toksvig - 2007 - 191 pages
...she whispered with great intensity: "... But that I am forbid To tell the secrets of my prison house, I could a tale unfold whose lightest word Would harrow...hair to stand on end, Like quills upon the fretful porcupine." The officer nodded. He had no idea what it meant or that it was from Shakespeare's Hamlet....
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'Hamlet' Without Hamlet

Margreta de Grazia - 2007 - 267 pages
..."secrets" (1.5.14). He describes not the secrets, therefore, but the effect they would have if disclosed: I could a tale unfold whose lightest word Would harrow...combined locks to part, And each particular hair to stand an end Like quills upon the fretful porpentine. (1.5.15-20) As the sight of the Medusa turned spectators...
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Looking for Hamlet

Marvin W. Hunt - 2007 - 256 pages
...breath in dread to tell of this prison-house. The"lightest word" of this scorching torment, we recall, Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,...particular hair to stand on end Like quills upon the fearful porpentine. The frightful vision of a realm of torment was useful to the Catholic Church in...
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Feeling Modern: The Eccentricities of Public Life

Justus Nieland - 2008 - 313 pages
...ofNightwood, YCAL. 17. Hamlet, Pelican edition, ed. Willard Farnham (New York: Penguin, 1970), 1.5.15-22: I could a tale unfold whose lightest word Would harrow...eternal blazon must not be To ears of flesh and blood. 18. Hartley, review ofNightwood, YCAL. 19. See Hannah Arendt's formulation of the publicness as "the...
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