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Flashcards in ACT I Deck (19):
1

Antonio: "to"

"to reduce both state and people/ To a fixed order"

2

Antonio: "should"

"should flow/ Pure silver drops in general, but if't chance/ Some cursed example poison't near the head, / Death and diseases through the whole land spread"

3

Bosola: "they"

"they are rich and o'erladen with fruit, but none but crow, pies and caterpillars feed on them"

4

Bosola: "places"

"places in the court are but like beds in the hospital, where this man's head lies at that man's foot, and so lower, and lower"

5

Ferdinand: "take"

"take fire when I give fire, that is, laugh when I laugh, were the subject never so witty"

6

Antonio: "the"

"The spring in his face is nothing but the engend'ring of toads...he strews in his way flatterers, panders, intelligencers, atheists, a thousand such political monsters"

7

Delio: "the"

"the law to him/ Is like a foul black cobweb to a spider"

8

Bosola: "whose"

"Whose throat must I cut?"

9

Ferdinand: "you"

"You live in a rank pasture here, i'th'court./ There is a kind of honey-dew that's deadly"

10

Duchess: "if"

"If all my royal kindred/ Lay in my way unto this marriage/ I'd make them my low-footsteps"

11

Duchess: "I"

"I winked and chose a husband"

12

Antonio: "there"

"There is a saucy and ambitious devil/ Is dancing in this circle"

13

Duchess: "this"

"This goodly roof of yours is too low built.../Raise yourself,/ Or, if you please, my hand to help you: so"

14

Antonio: "ambition"

"Ambition, madam, is a great man's madness"

15

Duchess: "we"

"We are forced to woo because none dare woo us"

16

Duchess: "we" x2

"we/ Are forced to express our violent passions/ In riddles and dreams, and leave the path of simple virtue"

17

Duchess: "'Tis"

"'Tis not the figure cut in alabaster/ Kneels at my husband's tomb"

18

Duchess: "Bless"

"Bless, heaven, this sacred Gordian, which let violence/ Never untwine"

19

Cariola: "Whether"

"Whether the spirit of greatness or of woman/ Reign most in her, I know not, but it shows/ A fearful madness. I owe her much of pity"