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" You taught me language; and my profit on't Is, I know how to curse : The red plague rid you, For learning me your language ! Pro. "
Prefaces. Tempest. Two gentlemen of Verona. Merry wives of Windsor - Page 23
by William Shakespeare - 1773
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The Story of English in India

N. Krishnaswamy, Lalitha Krishnaswamy - Art - 2006 - 226 pages
...European civilization that wants to enlighten the natives. Caliban's response is very significant: You taught me language; and my profit on't Is, I know how to curse: the red plague rid you, For learning me your language! (I. ii. 365-7) It has to be read in the...
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In the Agora: The Public Face of Canadian Philosophy

A. D. Irvine, John Russell - Philosophy - 2006 - 486 pages
...him to speak. 'I endowed thy purposes with words that made them known/ she says. But Caliban replies: You taught me language; and my profit on't Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you For learning me your language! One of the greatest ornaments of a good...
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The Novel: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory 1900-2000

Dorothy J. Hale - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2006 - 821 pages
...Caliban - enslaved, robbed of his island, and taught the language by Prospero — rebukes him thus: "You taught me language, and my profit on't / Is, I know how to curse." ["C," pp. 28, 11] As we attempt to unlearn our so-called privilege as Ariel and "seek from...
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Buried Caesars, and Other Secrets of Italian American Writing

Robert Viscusi - Social Science - 2012 - 294 pages
...dramatized his own distaste for authoritative discourse. He might have been speaking as Caliban: "You have taught me language; and my profit on't / Is, I know how to curse" (I, ii, 365-66). That level of frustration grows out of his failure to complete the transvaluation....
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Factory Lives: Four Nineteenth-Century Working-Class Autobiographies

James R. Simmons, Jr - Biography & Autobiography - 2007 - 498 pages
...part, been revealed to us. But let us not fly in the face of benignant nature, and say like Caliban, "You taught me language; and my profit on't Is, I know how to curse."1 "If used aright the recannot [sic] be a doubt that this magnificent power might, in all its...
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Diaspora Conversions: Black Carib Religion and the Recovery of Africa

Paul Christopher Johnson - Religion - 2007 - 343 pages
...and with the correct tools, especially the correct words. Caliban upbraids Prospero in The Tempest: You taught me language, and my profit on't Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you for learning me your language! And yet, Caliban proceeds: I must obey....
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Wounds of Returning: Race, Memory, and Property on the Postslavery Plantation

Jessica Adams - Social Science - 2007 - 226 pages
...conditions that render their entire play a tripling. Caliban speaks his possession as a metacurse: You taught me language; and my profit on't Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you For learning me your language. (53) For Baker, the ownership of black...
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The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature

Steven Pinker - Psychology - 2007 - 499 pages
...stranger to earthy imprecations himself, had Caliban speak for the entire human race when he said, "You taught me language, and my profit on't is, I know how to curse." GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Mistaken identity is a plot device so revealing of human foibles that Shakespeare...
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Postcoloniality: The French Dimension

Margaret A. Majumdar - History - 2007 - 310 pages
...not that intended by them. As he says, if he has become fluent, it is all the better to curse them. You taught me language, and my profit on't Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you For learning me your language! (The Tempest, Act I, Scene ii) Learning...
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Sticks and Stones: The Philosophy of Insults

Jerome Neu - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2007 - 304 pages
...effeminate And in my temper soft'ned valor's steel! (III. 1.107—1 13) SHAKESPEARE'S INSULT LANGUAGE You taught me language; and my profit on't Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you for learning me your language! — (Caliban's reply to Miranda, Tempest...
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