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" Appear like mice; and yon' tall anchoring bark, Diminish'd to her cock; her cock, a buoy Almost too small for sight: The murmuring surge, That on the unnumber'd idle pebbles chafes, Cannot be heard so high: — I'll look no more; Lest my brain turn, and... "
Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Page 367
1817
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L'espace littéraire dans la littérarure et la culture anglo-saxonnes

Bernard Brugière - 1995 - 323 pages
...sight. The murmuring surge, That on th'unnumber'd idle pebble chafes, Cannot be heard so high. l'11 look no more, Lest my brain turn and the deficient sight Topple down headlong9. [King Lear, IV, 5, 11-24] Mais en quelques mots, comme le mage de L'Illusion comique, Edgar...
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Shakespeare the Playwright: A Companion to the Complete Tragedies, Histories ...

Victor L. Cahn - 1996 - 865 pages
...but Edgar's words also have thematic impact: The murmuring surge, That on th' unnumb'red idle pebble chafes, Cannot be heard so high. I'll look no more....turn, and the deficient sight Topple down headlong. (IV, vi, 20-24) The metaphor of sight returns once more. Previously the sighted Gloucester was blind...
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The Sublime: A Reader in British Eighteenth-Century Aesthetic Theory

Andrew Ashfield, Peter de Bolla - 1996 - 314 pages
...a buoy Almost too small for sight. The murmuring surge, That on th'unnumber'd idle pebbles chases, Cannot be heard so high. I'll look no more, Lest my...turn, and the deficient sight Topple down headlong. King Lear, Act 4. Scene 6. An observation is made above, that the emotions of grandeur and sublimity...
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Making Trifles of Terrors: Redistributing Complicities in Shakespeare

Harry Berger, Peter Erickson - 1997 - 487 pages
...fearfully in the confined deep," and Edgar knows that cliff well enough to savor the vertigo he risks: "I'll look no more, /Lest my brain turn, and the deficient sight /Topple down headlong" (4.6.22-24). One of the sad and chilling aspects of the cliff scene is that Gloucester cannot even...
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The Space of the Stage

Jeffrey Masten, Wendy Wall - 1999 - 290 pages
...her cock a buoy Almost too small for sight. The murmuring surge That on th' unnumbered idle pebble chafes Cannot be heard so high. I'll look no more,...turn and the deficient sight Topple down headlong. (4.5.11-24) At the very moment that the ocular illusion should be at its most breathtaking and convincing,...
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William Shakespeare, King Lear

Susan Bruce - 1998 - 192 pages
...cock; her cock, a buoy Almost too small for sight. The murmuring surge That on th' unnumb'red pebble chafes Cannot be heard so high. I'll look no more,...turn, and the deficient sight Topple down headlong. (4.6.11-24) . . . Hearing [Edgar's lines], Gloucester kneels, addressing the 'mighty gods', renouncing...
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King Lear

William Shakespeare - 2000 - 308 pages
...Edgar is pretending to be someone else. Why does he still think it unwise to reveal his true identity? Cannot be heard so high. I'll look no more, Lest my...turn, and the deficient sight Topple down headlong. GLOUCESTER Set me where you stand. EDGAR Give me your hand; you are now within a foot 25 Of th'extreme...
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King Lear: The 1608 Quarto and 1623 Folio Texts

William Shakespeare - 2000 - 320 pages
...for sight. The murmuring surge 20 That on the unnumbered idle pebble chafes 21 Cannot be heard, it's so high. I'll look no more, Lest my brain turn and the deficient sight Topple down headlong. 24 GLOUCESTER Set me where you stand. EDGAR Give me your hand. You are now within a foot Of th' extreme...
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The Vanishing: Shakespeare, the Subject, and Early Modern Culture

Christopher Pye, Class of 1924 Professor of English at Williams College Christopher Pye - 2000 - 199 pages
...description of the threat posed by the vertiginous view: How fearful 'tis to cast one's eyes so low! I'll look no more, Lest my brain turn, and the deficient sight Topple down headlong. (4.6.H-24)12 To account for the scene's power to "topple" sight, it is necessary to recognize what...
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Scenes from Shakespeare

Harry Levin - 2000 - 157 pages
...blindness of Gloucester while commenting on the trepidation of heights — 100 Scenes from Shakespeare I'll look no more, Lest my brain turn, and the deficient sight Topple down headlong. This may strike the average reader or hearer with a distant, dizzying, vertiginous impact; Addison...
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