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" And why on me ? why should the envious world Throw all their scandalous malice upon me ? 'Cause I am poor, deform'd, and ignorant, And like a bow buckled and bent together By some more strong in mischiefs than myself; Must I for that be made a common... "
Dramatic Works of John Ford ... - Page 468
by John Ford - 1827
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Dangerous Familiars: Representations of Domestic Crime in England, 1550 - 1700

Frances E. Dolan - History - 1994 - 253 pages
...old, powerless, and ugly. She argues that her neighbors' accusations and suspicions make her a witch. Some call me witch, And, being ignorant of myself, they go About to teach me how to be one . . . This they enforce upon me, and in part Make me to credit it. (2.I.8-IO, 14-15) If she is to be...
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Governing the Tongue: The Politics of Speech in Early New England

Jane Kamensky - History - 1999 - 304 pages
...England's infamous Witch of Edmonton, proclaims in William Rowley's 1658 drama of that name, the witch was "a common sink / For all the filth and rubbish of men's tongues / To fall and run into." Known for her "curses, imprecations / Blasphemous speeches," and "detested oaths," Sawyer tells the...
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Understanding Macbeth: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical ...

Faith Nostbakken, William Shakespeare - Drama - 1997 - 235 pages
...ignorant? And like a Bow buckl'd and bent together, By some more strong in mischiefs [than] my self? Must I for that be made a common sink, For all the filth and rubbbish of Men's tongues To fall and run into? Some call me Witch; And being ignorant of my self,...
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Challenges to Authority

Peter Elmer - History - 2000 - 418 pages
...scandalous malice upon me? 'Cause I am poor, deformed and ignorant, And like a bow buckled and bent together By some more strong in mischiefs than myself, Must...and rubbish of men's tongues To fall and run into? (2.1.1-8) Goodcole, as we have seen, underlined Sawyer's ignorance and suggested through his interrogation...
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The Renaissance in Europe: A Reader

Keith Whitlock - History - 2000 - 374 pages
...inflicted on her. Because of her ugliness she has been made an outcast, the subject of malicious gossip and 'a common sink / For all the filth and rubbish of men's tongues / To fall and run into' (II. i. 6—8). Because her neighbours treat her as a witch, Elizabeth Sawyer responds by becoming...
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Guilty Creatures : Renaissance Poetry and the Ethics of Authorship ...

Dennis Kezar Assistant Professor of English Vanderbilt University - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 280 pages
...ignorant? And like a Bow buckl'd and bent together, By some more strong in mischiefs then my self? Must I for that be made a common sink, For all the...run into? Some call me Witch; And being ignorant of my self, they go About to teach me how to be one: urging, That my bad tongue (by their bad usage made...
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Radical Tragedy: Religion, Ideology, and Power in the Drama of Shakespeare ...

Jonathan Dollimore - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 312 pages
...socially coerced, becomes another - or rather 'and' - nature. The witch (Mother Sawyer) complains: Some call me Witch; And being ignorant of myself, they go About to teach me how to he one: urging, That my had tongue (by their bad usage made so) Forespeaks their Castle, doth bewitch...
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Renaissance Drama

Sandra Clark - History - 2007 - 224 pages
...poor, deform'd, and ignorant, And like a bow buckled and bent together By some more strong in mischief than myself? Must I for that be made a common sink...of myself, they go About to teach me how to be one. (2.1.1-10) 25 The immediate appearance of her chief adversary, Old Banks, a superstitious and curmudgeonly...
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Poor Women in Shakespeare

Fiona McNeill - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 255 pages
...scandalous malice upon me? 'Cause I am poor, deformed and ignorant, And like a bow buckled and bent together By some more strong in mischiefs than myself, Must...of men's tongues To fall and run into? Some call me withe, And, being ignorant of myself, they go About to teach me how to be one, urging That my bad tongue,...
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