Synopses & Reviews
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Enter Cassandra (Scene 2) ACT II Scene I. A Part of the Grecian Camp Enter Ajax and THersites Ajax. Thersites Thersites. Agamemnon ? how if he had boils ? full, all over, generally ? Ajax. Thersites l TROILUS ? 5 65 Thersites. And those boils did run ? say so, did not the general run then ? were not that a botchy core ? Ajax. Dog Thersites. Then would come some matter from him; I see none now. Ajax. Thou bitch-wolf's son, canst thou not hear ? Bea ting him Feel, then, 11 Thersites. The plague of Greece upon thee, thou -ongrel beef-witted lord -. rff- '.-'., . Ajax. Speak then, thou vinewed'st leaven, speak I will beat thee into handsomeness. Thersites. I shall sooner rail thee into wit and holiness; but I think thy horse will sooner con an oration than thou learn a prayer without book. Thou canst strike, canst thou? a redjrnurrain o' thy jade's tricks 20 Ajax. Toadstool, learn me the proclamation. Thersites. Dost thou think I have no sense, thou strikest me thus ? Ajax. The proclamation Thersites. Thou art proclaimed a fool, I think. Ajax. Do not, porpentine, do not my fingers itch. Thersites. I would thou didst itch from head to foot and I had the scratching of thee; I would make thee the loathsomest scab in Greece. When thou art forth in the incursions, thou strikest as slow as another. 31 Ajax. I say, the proclamation Thersites. Thou grumblest and railest every hour on Achilles, and thou art as full of envy at his greatness as Cerberus is at Proserpina's beauty, ay, that thou barkest at him. Ajax. Mistress Thersites Thersites. Thou shouldst strike him., / J. /. /..t''.' Ajax. cpbio' .r Thersites. He would pun thee into shivers with his fisi, as a sailor breaks a biscuit. 41 ...
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About the Author
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King’s New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as “an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers.” Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (later under James I, called the King’ s Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain’s Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.