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" A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it... "
Measure for measure. The merchant of Venice. As you like it. Love's labour lost - Page 427
by William Shakespeare - 1766
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Melville and the Politics of Identity: From King Lear to Moby-Dick

Julian Markels - 1993 - 164 pages
...Horatio" or Edgar's "Ripeness is all," and sometimes portentous utterances like these: A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it. (Love's Labour's Lost V.ii. 871-73) The ample proposition that hope makes In all designs begun on earth...
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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - 1996 - 1263 pages
...influence is begot ofthat loose grace Which shallow laughing hearers give to fools: A jest's prosperity ff he threw: Then threw he down himself, and all their lives That by indictment sickly ears, Deaf 'd with the clamours of their own dear groans, Will hear your idle scorns, continue...
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Alternative Shakespeare Auditions for Women

William Shakespeare, Simon Dunmore - 1997 - 120 pages
...all the fierce endeavour of your wit To enforce the pained impotent to smile. is A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it. Then, if sickly ears, Deafed with the clamours of their own dear groans, Will hear your idle scorns, continue...
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Coming of Age in Shakespeare

Marjorie B. Garber - 1997 - 248 pages
...twelvemonth he must visit 'the speechless sick' and make them smile. Rosaline's homily, 'A jest's prosperity lies in the ear / Of him that hears it, never in the tongue / Of him that makes it' (859-61) is not only good moral sense but a sound articulation of the importance of plain talk in Shakespeare...
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Shakespeare's Sweet Thunder: Essays on the Early Comedies

Michael J. Collins - 1997 - 249 pages
...up others. Rosaline hopes that Berowne will come to discover for himself that "a jest's prosperity lies in the ear / Of him that hears it, never in the tongue / Of him that makes it" (5.2.861-63). She calls his jests "idle scorns" and twice refers to his "gibing spirit" as a "fault,"...
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Yale Studies in English, Volume 34

1908
...Epilogue. 2 Their fate is only in their hearers eares. Cf. LL L. 5. 2. 871-3 : A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it. 4 The maker. For a discussion of Jonson's use of the word ' maker ' cf. Henry, ed. Epiccme, Second...
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Augustus Baldwin Longstreet's Georgia Scenes Completed: A Scholarly Text

Augustus Baldwin Longstreet - 1998 - 351 pages
...get home!" Augusta State Rights' Sentinel, June 19, 1835, 3. THE DEAF LADIES. "A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it: never in the tongue Of him that makes it." — Shakespeare. A gentleman who was fond of enjoying a hearty laugh at the expense sometimes of his...
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The Senses of Humor: Self and Laughter in Modern America

Daniel Wickberg - 1998 - 267 pages
...Lost reveal a notion of the jest as a commodity to be defined by its exchange: A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it.* From the sixteenth century, when the term "jest" was first used to designate all manner of laughable...
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Gender and Literacy on Stage in Early Modern England

Eve Rachele Sanders, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Humanities Stephen Orgel - 1998 - 260 pages
...men's use of the language of the academy as an exclusionary tactic. But just as "a jest's prosperity lies in the ear / Of him that hears it, never in the tongue / Of him that makes it" (5.2.838-40), so too the scholars can use their knowledge to diminish others only if those on the receiving...
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The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations

Connie Robertson - 1998 - 669 pages
...his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument. 10338 Love's Labour's Lost A jest's prosperity tony and Cleopatra The crown o' the earth doth melt. My lord! O! withered 10339 Macbeth FIRST WITCH: When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain? SECOND...
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