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But thought 's the slave of life, and life ['s) time's fool.-1 H. IV., V. 4.
So seem, as if you were inspir'd to do those duties which you tender to her; (make it seem that you in all obey her.-Cym., ii. 3.
Haply, you shall not see me more: or if (you do see me, you will see me] a mangled shadow.-- Ant. & C., iv. 2.
No simple man that sees this jarring discord ... but (sees] that it doth presage some ill event.--I H. VI., iv. I.
Hubert shall be your man, [and shall] attend on you.-- John, iii. 3.
I nothing know where she remains, why (she is) gone.--Cym., iv. 3.
Here is four Harry ten shillings in French crowns for you. you shall have forty (shillings), sir.
1.-2 H. IV., iii. 2. Should be as holy as severe; [should be a) pattern in himself.-M. for M., iii. 2.
When service should in my old limbs lie lame, and unregarded age [should be] in corners thrown.-As You L., ii. 3.
Of any power to expel sickness, but prolong his hour [of sickness].—Timon, iii. 1.
Why did you suffer Iachimo .. and [suffer Posthumus] to become the geck and scorn o' the other's villany?-Cym., V. 4.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted (to be taken at the flood], all the voyage of.—7 ul. Č., iv. 3.
That you may, fair lady, perceive [that] I speak sincerely, and [that] high note 's ta'en of your many virtues.-H. VIII., ii. 3.
The feast is sold that is not often vouch'd, while 'tis a making, [that] 'tis given with welcome.-Macb., iii. 4.
I, that please some, try all; [thaf am] both joy and terror.-W. T., iv. (Chorus). 'Tis not my profit that does lead mine honour; [but] mine honour (that does lead] it. Int. & C., ii. 7. What thing is it that I never did see man die! [that I] scarce ever look'd on blood,
· (that I never bestrid a horse.-Cym., iv. 4. [The] last thing he did, dear queen, he kiss'd—the last of many doubled kisses—this orient pearl.-Ant. & C., i. 5.
This might be the pate of a politician. . . . This might be (the pate of ] my lord such-a-one.-Hamlet, v. I.
I pray thee, loving wife, and (thee,) gentle daughter.—2 H. IV., ii. 3.
For they wear themselves in the cap of the time, there (they] do muster true gait, eat, speak, and move.-All's W., ii. 1.
That . .. my accusers, be (they] what they will.-H. VIII., v. 2.
They ne'er cared for us yet : (they suffer us to famish .. [they] make edicts ... [they repeal daily . . . and (they provide.—Coriol., i. 1.
And they within our power, (they) shall never see.--Lear, v. 1.
Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damn'd, (whether thou] bring with thee airs from heaven or.-Hamlet, i. 4.
Thou that beget’st him that did thee beget; thou that wast born at sea. . . . Thou .ast been godlike perfect) [thou) the heir of kingdoms.—Per., V. I.
Or perform my bidding, or thou liv'st in woe; do 't and [thou liv'st] happy.Ibid., v. 2.
For with the tidings of] her death that tidings came. :-}ul. C., iv. 3.
Thy false uncle--Dost thou attend me?-Sir, most heedfully.—[Thy false uncle] being once perfected.---Temp., i. 2.
And be thy wife (if any be so mad (as to become thy wife]).-R. III., iv. I.
If you knew to whom you show this honour, (to] how true a gentleman you send relief, (to] how dear a lover.-Mer. of V., iii. 4.
Bid him repair to us to Ely House to see to] this business.-R. II., ii. 1.
Better [to be] thus, and known to be contemn'd than still [to be] contemnd. Lear, iv. I.
To be acknowledg‘d, madam, is (to be] o'erpaid.— Ibid., iv. 7
Prove true, imagination, oh, prove true! ... oh, if it prove [true), tempests are kind.-Tw. N., iii. 4.
To die upon the bed my father died [upon].-W.T., iv. 3.
Was by the rough seas reft of ships and men, and, after shipwreck, driven ... [was] bereft of ships and men, [and], cast on this shore.-- Per., ii. 3.
You are as welcome, worthy sir, as I have words to bid you [welcome with).Cym., i. 7.
'Twere a paper lost, as offer'd mercy (that were lost] is.-Ibid., i. 3.
To make the truth appear where it seems hid, and hide the false [where it seems true.-M. for M., V. I.
Lucius, who's that [who] knocks ?-7ul. C., ii. 1.
From Cordelia, who hath most fortunately been inform'd of my obscured course; and [who] shall find time.-Lear, ii. 2.
But myself, who had the world as my confectionary ; [who had] the mouths, the tongues, the eyes.—Timon, iv. 3.
Who would not wish to be from wealth exempt, since riches point to misery and contempt? Who would be so mock'd with glory? or who would wish to live but in a dream of friendship ? [who would wish] to have his pomp, and all what state compounds, but only painted.—Timon, iv. 3.
My inch of taper will be burnt and done, and blindfold death [will] not let me see my son.-R. II., i. 3.
A vulgar comment will be made of it, and that [will be] supposed by the common rout.-Com. of E., iii. 1.
Whose repetition will be dogg'd with curses; whose chronicle [will be] thus writ.Coriol., v. 3.
Unless you undertake that with me, [with] which with as much safety you might answer him.--Tw. N., iii. 4.
Had I but serv'd my God with half the zeal [with which] I serv'd my king:H. VIII., iii. 2.
With patience more than savages could suffer [with].-Ant. & C., i. 4. Your eye in Scotland would create soldiers, (and would) make our women fight.Macb., iv. 3.
Thou wouldst have plung'd thyself in general riot; [wouldst have) melted down thy youth and never wouldst have learn'd the icy precepts of respect, but [wouldst have] follow'd.— Timon, iv. 3.
You must be so too, if you] heed me. -Temp., ii. 1.
and that unaptness (you] made your minister.— Timon, ii. 2.
As you are old and reverend, (you) should be wise.-Lear, i. 4.
Your high self . . . you have obscurd with a swain's wearing; and me, poor lowly maid, (vou have] most goddess-like prank'd up.-W. T., iv. 3.
In Antiochus and his daughter you have heard . . . in Pericles, his queen, and daughter (you have] seen.—Per., v. 3 (Gower).
Beseech your highness, give us better credit ... and beseech (your highress] so to esteem of us.-W. T.,
He even has passages where a word or phrase gives a somewhat similar word or phrase to be elliptically understood in the sentence :You are darken’d in this action, sir, even by your own (act].-Coriol., iv. 7.
This shall make our purpose (appear] necessary, and not envious: which so appearing to the common eyes.- ul. C., ii. 1.
Pale and bloodless, [the blood] being all descended.—2 H. VI., iii. 2. They of Rome are enter'd in our counsels, and know what ever (proposals made in councill have been thought on.-Coriol., i. 2.
I cannot make you what amends I would, therefore accept such kindness as I can (do you).-R. III., iv. 4.
Had I been thief-stolen,
Your imprisonment shall not be long; I will deliver you, or else lie (in prison] for you.—R. III., i. 1.
I died for hope [of lending thee aid) ere I could lend thee aid.-Ibid., v. 3.
I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which!
and [I thank thee) though it was mine own.—Per., ii. 1. I abhor this dilatory sloth and [these] tricks of Rome.-H. VIII., ii. 4. And how (they live there), and who they are], what means they have] and where they keep.-Hamlet, ii. 1. As we are going (to those] to whom it must be done.- ul. C., ii. 1. Will you ha' the truth on't? ... Why, there thou say'st (true).-Hamlet, v. 1. What makes this change ?-[What is) the matter?-Coriol., iii. 1. Nor has he with him [where with] to supply his life.-Timon., iv. 2.
Occasionally he has passages where a verb in one form gives the same verb in another form to be elliptically understood [See VERBS PECULIARLY USED]:
Your uncle York is join'd with Bolingbroke; and all your northern castles [arc] yielded up, and all your southern gentlemen (are] in arms.-R. II., iii. 2.
Now is the winter of our discontent made. . . . and all the clouds, that lower'd upon our house, (are) in the deep.-R. III., i. 1.
So much is my poverty of spirit, so mighty and so many [are] my defects.-Ibid., iii. 7.
Dismay'd not this our captains, Macbeth and Banquo ?—Yes; as sparrows [dismay] } eagles, or the hare (dismays) the lion.--Macb., i. 2.
That what he will [do], he does; and does so much.—Tr. & Cr., v. 5. What can you say to draw a third more opulent than your sisters [have drawn)?Lear, i. 1.
Love goes toward love, as schoolboys (go) from their books; but love (goes] from love, [as schoolboys go) toward school.-R. & Jul., ii. 2.
The Earl of Worcester hath broke his staff . and all the household servants [have] fled with him.-R. II., ii. 2.
She hath not given so many good words breath as for her Greeks and Trojans (have suffer'd death.-Tr. & Cr., iv. I.
Your eyes are lode-stars; and your tongue's sweet air [is] more.— Mid. N. D., l. I.
Jove knows what man thou might'st have made; but I [know], thou diedst, a most rare boy, of melancholy!—Cym., iv. 2.
She was belov’d, she lov'd; she is [belov'd], and doth (love).-Tr. & Cr., iv. 5.
Do you not think he thinks himself a better man than I am ?-No question (that he does think so].—Tr. & Cr., ii. 3.
Bloodily were butcher'd, and I myself [was) secure in.-R. III., iii. 5.
He occasionally has a form of question where the word “not" is elliptically understood :
But [why should we not] rather follow our forceful instigation ?-W. T., ii. 1.
At what ease might [not] corrupt minds procure knaves as corrupt to swear agains you ?-Ibid., v. I.
Wliat heart receives (not) from hence the conquering part, to steel a strong opinion to themselves ?-Tr. & Cr., i. 3.
Who knows if one of her women, being corrupted, hath (not] stolen it from her ?Cym., ii. 4.
For farther instances of Shakespeare's elliptical style, see ELLIPSES OF COMPARISON, ELLIPTICALLY USED WORDS, and PECULIAR CONSTRUCTION.
ELLIPTICALLY USED WORDS. Shakespeare frequently uses single words with largely elliptical and inclusive force. He sometimes employs nouns elliptically :
Much attribute [attributed merit] he hath.—Tr. & Cr., ii. 3.
He is a man, setting his fate [the misfortune of appearing criminal fated to befal him, and the fiery temper decreed him by fate] aside, of comely virtues.-Timon, iii. .
The (remission of the) forfeit, sov'reign, of my servant's life.-R. III., ij. I.
'Tis now your honour (honourable task], daughter, to explain.—Per., ii. 2. Our imputation [imputed excellence] shall be oddly pois’d.--Tr. & Cr., i. 3. In the imputation (imputed excellence] laid on him by them, in his meed he's unfellowed.-Hamlet, v. 2.
Which then our (want of] leisure would not let us hear.-R. II., i. 1.
We answer others' merits (deeds meriting reprobation and punishment] in our name, are therefore to be pitied.–Ant. & C., v. 2.
That man might ne'er be wretched for his mind [high-mindedness, liberality of spirit].-Timon, i. 2.
The night-mare and her nine-fold (nine-numbered foals).—Lear, iii. 4.
That woman that cannot make her fault her husband's occasion [occasioning; to be occasioned by her husband).-As You L., iv. I.
And nature, stronger than his just occasion [the resentment occasioned by his brother), made him.-Ibid., iv. 3.
May one be pardon'd, and retain the offence (the gain for which the offence was committed] ?-Hamlet, iii. 3.
And prologue to the omen (ominous event] coming on.-Ibid., i. 1.
Pride, haughtiness, opinion (opiniatedness; the arrogance of inordinate self-opinion), and disdain. -1 H. IV., iii. I.
Smoke and lukewarm water is your perfection (perfect image or resemblance]. Timon, iii. 6.
What (the royal] presence must not know.-R. II., i. 3.
In her sex, her years, profession (of that which she is able to perform], wisdom, and constancy, hath amaz'd me.-All's W., ii. 1.
His remedies (chances of remedying his downfall) are tame.--Coriol., iv. 6.
If they set down before us, for the remove [the removal of them] bring up your army.-Ibid., i. 2.
Reason and respect to consequences) make livers pale, and lustihood deject.T. e C., ii. 2.
The icy precepts of respect (to prudence and decorum].-Timon, iv. 3. 'Tis worse than murder, to do upon (that which should command] respect such violent outrage.-Lear, ii. 4.
In thy reverence [time of life when reverence is due] and thy chair days, thus to die in ruffian battle?-2 H. VI., V. 2.
Say that right (righteous vengeance) for right (righteous vengeance] hath dimm'd your infant morn.-R. III., iv. 4.
Drove us to seek out this head of safety (collective force whereby we hope to gain safety).-1 H. IV., iv. 3.
He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valour
4. As you are a king, speak in your (royal] state.—2 H. IV., V. 2.