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In Plain English: Two Gentlemen of Verona
Can you pick the 'plain English' version of each of these quotes from Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona?
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In Plain English: Measure for Measure
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Were't not affection chains thy tender days to the sweet glances of thy honoured love, I rather would entreat thy company to see the wonders of the world abroad.
To Milan let me hear from thee by letters of thy success in love, and what news else betideth here in absence of thy friend.
Open your purse, that the money and the matter may be both at once delivered.
Thus have I shunned the fire for fear of burning and drenched me in the sea where I am drowned.
These follies are within you, and shine through you like the water in an urinal, that not an eye that sees you but is a physician to comment on your malady.
Leave off discourse of disability.
Bear my lady's train, lest the base earth should from her vesture chance to steal a kiss.
He wants wit that wants resolvèd will to learn his wit t'exchange the bad for better.
Thou art the table wherein all my thoughts are visibly charactered and engraved.
I am impatient of my tarriance.
Fit me with such weeds as may beseem some well-reputed page.
I am to break with thee of some affairs that touch me near.
Long agone I have forgot to court; besides, the fashion of the time is changed - how and which way I may bestow myself to be regarded in her sun-bright eye.
But neither bended knees, pure hands held up, sad sighs, deep groans, nor silver-shedding tears could penetrate her uncompassionate sire.
Why, my grandam, having no eyes, look you, wept herself blind at my parting.
Visit by night your lady's chamber-window with some sweet consort; to their instruments tune a deploring dump.
Lovers break not hours, unless it be to come before their time, so much they spur their expedition.
A thousand more mischances than this one have learned me how to brook this patiently.
What hallowing and what stir is this today?
Naught but mine eye could have persuaded me.
Come not within the measure of my wrath.
We will include all jars with triumphs, mirth and rare solemnity.
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