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In Plain English: Richard III
Can you pick the 'plain English' version of each of these quotes from Shakespeare's Richard III?
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In Plain English: Two Gentlemen of Verona
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But yet I run before my horse to market.
By Him that raised me to this careful height from that contented hap that I enjoyed…
If I unwittingly, or in my rage, have aught committed that is hardly borne, by any in this presence, I desire to reconcile me to his friendly peace.
Lo, in these windows that let forth thy life I pour the helpless balm of my poor eyes.
I have too long borne your blunt upbraidings and bitter scoffs. By heaven, I will acquaint his majesty of those gross taunts that oft I have endured.
What lawful quest have given their verdict up unto the frowning judge?
The sum of all I can, I have disclosed.
Thou art sworn as deeply to effect what we intend as closely to conceal what we impart.
Dispatch. The limit of your lives is out.
I trust my absence doth neglect no great design which by my presence might have been concluded.
There's some conceit or other likes him well, when that he bids good morrow with such spirit.
O, would to God that the inclusive verge of golden metal that must round my brow were red-hot steel to sear me to the brains.
Thou wast not wont to be so dull.
Since you will buckle fortune on my back, to bear her burden, whe'er I will or no, I must have patience to endure the load.
Look what is done cannot be now amended. Men shall deal unadvisedly sometimes, which after-hours gives leisure to repent.
What need'st thou run so many miles about when thou mayst tell thy tale the nearest way?
I cry thee mercy. There is my purse to cure that blow of thine.
I have not that alacrity of spirit nor cheer of mind that I was wont to have.
The leisure and the fearful time cuts off the ceremonious vows of love and ample interchange of sweet discourse which so-long-sundered friends should dwell upon.
I have considered in my mind the late request that you did sound me in.
Like a jack thou keep'st the stroke betwixt thy begging and my meditation.
From forth the kennel of thy womb hath crept a hell-hound that doth hunt us all to death. That foul defacer of God's handiwork thy womb let loose to chase us to our graves.
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