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In Plain English: Measure for Measure
Can you pick the 'plain English' version of each of these quotes from Shakespeare's Measure for Measure?
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In Plain English: The Tempest
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There went but a pair of shears between us.
Thy bones are hollow. Impiety has made a feast of thee.
More reasons for this action at our more leisure shall I render you.
Sir, make me not your story.
As blossoming time that from the seedness the bare fallow brings to teeming foison, even so her plenteous womb expresseth his full tilth and husbandry.
Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
Go to, go to. No matter for the dish, sir.
This will last out a night in Russia when nights are longest there.
Do you your office, or give up your place and you shall well be spared.
The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept. Now 'tis awake.
His filth within being cast, he would appear a pond as deep as hell.
Heaven shield my mother played my father fair, for such a warpèd slip of wilderness ne'er issued from his blood.
I have no superfluous leisure. My stay must be stolen out of other affairs, but I will attend you awhile.
Fasten your ear on my advisings.
The very stream of his life must give him a better proclamation. Let him be but testimonied in his own bringings-forth.
Double and treble admonition, and still forfeit in the same kind? This would make mercy swear and play the tyrant.
That spirit's possessed with haste that wounds th' unsisting postern with these strokes.
Look, th'unfolding star calls up the shepherd.
Command these fretting waters from your eyes with a light heart.
Keep your instruction and hold you ever to our special drift, though sometimes you do blench from this to that as cause doth minister.
O, your desert speaks loud, and I should wrong it to lock it in the wards of covert bosom when it deserves with characters of brass a forted residence 'gainst the tooth of time and razure of oblivion.
Her madness hath the oddest frame of sense, such a dependency of thing on thing, as e'er I heard in madness.
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