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In Plain English: As You Like It
Can you pick the 'plain English' version of each of these quotes from Shakespeare's As You Like It?
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In Plain English: Othello
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Report speaks goldenly of his profit.
I will physic your rankness.
My better parts are all thrown down, and that which here stands up is but a quintain, a mere lifeless block.
And yet it irks me the poor dappled fools, being native burghers of this desert city, should in their own confines with forkèd heads have their round haunches gored.
Your praise is come too swiftly home before you.
The thrifty hire I did store to be my foster nurse when service should in my old limbs lie lame, and unregarded age in corners thrown.
Thou prun'st a rotten tree that cannot so much as a blossom yield in lieu of all thy pains and husbandry.
How many actions most ridiculous hast thou been drawn to by thy fantasy?
Searching of thy wound, I have by hard adventure found mine own.
He little recks to find the way to heaven by doing deeds of hospitality.
In his brain he hath strange places crammed with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms.
Art thou thus boldened, man, by thy distress, or else a rude despiser of good manners, that in civility thou seem'st so empty?
Last scene of all, that ends this strange eventful history, is second childishness and mere oblivion, sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
Mine eye doth his effigies witness most truly limned and living in your face.
Thou, thrice-crownèd queen of night, survey with thy chaste eye, from thy pale sphere above.
One inch of delay more is a South Sea of discovery.
Turning these jests out of service, let us talk in good earnest.
Cry 'holla' to thy tongue, I prithee. It curvets unseasonably.
Your accent is something finer than you could purchase in so removed a dwelling.
I will chide no breather in the world but myself, against whom I know most faults.
Marry, now unmuzzle your wisdom.
You are point-device in your accouterments.
Let me the knowledge of my fault bear with me.
He saves my labour by his own approach.
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