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In Plain English: The Merchant of Venice
Can you pick the 'plain English' version of each of these quotes from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice?
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**NOTE: It's better to read all of the answers first before guessing. You're looking for the answer that BEST fits the quote.
In Plain English: King John
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Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time: some that will not show their teeth in way of smile though Nestor swear the jest be laughable.
I have a mind presages me such thrift that I should questionless be fortunate.
There is not one among them but I dote on his very absence.
You did void your rheum upon my beard.
Rest you fair, good signior, your worship was the last man in our mouths.
If I do not put on a sober habit, use all the observance of civility, like one well studied in a sad ostent to please his grandam, never trust me more.
I would entreat you to put on your boldest suit of mirth, for we have friends that purpose merriment.
I speak too long, but 'tis to peise the time, to eke it and to draw it out in length.
They shall see us in such a habit that they shall think we are accomplished with what we lack.
Past all expressing.
The poor rude world hath not her fellow.
You may as well go stand upon the beach and bid the main flood bate his usual height.
'Twill be recorded for a precedent, and many an error by the same example will rush into the state.
It is still Fortune's use to let the wretched man outlive his wealth, to view with hollow eye and wrinkled brow an age of poverty, from which lingering penance of such misery doth she cut me off.
Look how the floor of heaven is thick inlaid with patens of bright gold.
A substitute shines brightly as a king until a king be by, and then his state empties itself, as doth an inland brook into the main of waters.
Abate the strength of your displeasure.
I am th'unhappy subject of these quarrels.
You have too much respect upon the world: they lose it that do buy it with much care.
O love, be moderate, allay thy ecstasy, in measure rain thy joy, scant this excess. I feel too much thy blessing; make it less for fear I surfeit.
Wilt thou show the wealth of thy wit in an instant?
You may tell every finger I have with my ribs.
The greater throw may turn by fortune from the weaker hand.
I will not jump with common spirits and rank me with the barbarous multitudes.
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