Shakspeare Papers; Pictures Grave And Gay

Paperback | February 12, 2012

byWilliam Maginn

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 Excerpt: ... attacked by Douglas, are the points mainly dwelt upon by those who make him a coward. I shall not minutely go over what I conceive to be a silly dispute on both sides: but in the former case Shakspeare saves his honour by making him offer at least some resistance to two bold and vigorous men when abandoned by his companions; and, in the latter, what fitting antagonist was the fat and blown soldier of three-score for "That furious Scot, The bloody Douglas, whose well-labouring sword Had three times slain the appearance of the King?" He did no more than what Douglas himself did in the conclusion of the fight: overmatched, the renowned warrior "'Gan vail his stomach, and did grace the shame Of those that turned their backs; and, in his flight, Stumbling in fear, was took." Why press cowardice on Falstaff more than upon Douglas? In an age when men of all ranks engaged in personal conflict, we find him chosen to a command in a slaughterous battle; he leads his men to posts of imminent peril; it is his sword which Henry wishes to borrow when about to engage Percy, and he refuses to lend it from its necessity to himself; he can jest coolly in the midst of danger; he is deemed worthy of employing the arm of Douglas at the time that Hotspur engages the prince; Sir John Coleville yields himself his prisoner; and, except in the jocular conversations among his own circle, no word is breathed that he has not performed, and is not ready to perform, the duties of a soldier. Even the attendant of the chief justice, with the assent of his hostile lordship, admits that he has done good service at Shrewsbury. All this, and much more, is urged in his behalf by Maurice Morgann; but it is far indeed from the root of the matter. Of his being a thief and a glutton I shall say a f...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 Excerpt: ... attacked by Douglas, are the points mainly dwelt upon by those who make him a coward. I shall not minutely go over what I conce...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:February 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217991270

ISBN - 13:9780217991278

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