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" Live you ? or are you aught That man may question ? You seem to understand me, By each at once her choppy finger laying Upon her skinny lips. — You should be women, And yet your beards forbid me to interpret That you are so. "
Blackwood's Magazine - Page 624
1849
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The Female Crucifix: Images of St. Wilgefortis Since the Middle Ages

Ilse E. Friesen - 2001 - 208 pages
...the witches are addressed by Banquo, a nobleman in the company of Macbeth, with the following words: "You should be women,/ And yet your beards forbid me to interpret/ That you are so."43 Certain observers, in turn, have regarded the bearded St. Wilgefortis as an ugly monster and...
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Shakespeare Survey, Volume 48

Stanley Wells - 2002 - 316 pages
...Banquo to speak the same universal language that offered travellers access to the world of the Other: 'You seem to understand me, / By each at once her choppy finger laying / Upon her skinny lips' (1.3.43-5). This might be the gestus which Bulwer calls Inventione laboro, indicating that they are...
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Putting History to the Question: Power, Politics, and Society in English ...

Michael Neill - 2000 - 556 pages
...Banquo to speak the same universal language that offered travelers access to the world of the Other: "You seem to understand me, / By each at once her choppy finger laying / Upon her skinny lips" (1.3.43-5). This might be the gestus Bulwer calls Inventione laboro, indicating that they are momentarily...
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In Other Los Angeleses: Multicentric Performance Art

Meiling Cheng - 2002 - 454 pages
...these, So withered and so wild in their attire That look not like th'inhabitants of th'earth . . . You should be women. And yet your beards forbid me to interpret That you are so. Hailed as he "that shalt be King hereafter," Macbeth is now surrounded by the "weird sisters," who...
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The Lancashire Witches: Histories and Stories

Robert Poole - 2002 - 244 pages
...quandary, and the latter sets the scene for the epistemological 'queasiness' of the plot when he admits, 'You should be women, / And yet your beards forbid me to interpret / That you are so' (I, iii, 38-44). For Greenblatt, 'What is happening here is that Shakespeare is staging the ontological...
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Shakespeare's Visual Theatre: Staging the Personified Characters

Frederick Kiefer - 2003 - 378 pages
...sisters of Macbeth are nothing like the devotees of Titania in Dream is clear from Banquo's address. 62 You seem to understand me, By each at once her choppy...your beards forbid me to interpret That you are so. (1.3.43-47) The word "choppy," which means "full of clefts," indicates rough skin. Together with the...
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Witchcraft and Society in England and America, 1550-1750

Marion Gibson - 2003 - 288 pages
...you, or are you aught That man may question? You seem to understand me, By each at once her choppy76 finger laying Upon her skinny lips; you should be...you are so. Macbeth: Speak if you can: what are you? First Witch: All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis.77 72. The Folio spelling means that this...
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Shakespeare's Hand

Jonathan Goldberg - 2003 - 398 pages
...of Macbeth, Lady Macbeths reading of Macbeth's letrer, or Banquo's confrontation with the witches: You seem to understand me, By each at once her choppy...should be women, And yet your beards forbid me to inrerpret That you are so. (1-3-43-47) Their beards and fingers on their lips forbid inrerpretation...
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Nelson Thornes Shakespeare - Macbeth

William Shakespeare, Dinah Jurksaitis - 2003 - 156 pages
...attire, 40 That look not like th' inhabitants o' th' earth, And yet are on't? Live you? Or are you aught That man may question? You seem to understand me,...laying Upon her skinny lips. You should be women, 45 And yet your beards forbid me to interpret That you are so. MACBETH Speak, if you can; what are...
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Shakespeare and the Human Mystery

J. Philip Newell - 2003 - 148 pages
...witches speaks of the distortion of what is natural. As Macbeth 's companion Banquo says to them, . . .You should be women; And yet your beards forbid me to interpret That you are so. (Macbeth I 3 44-6) And just as their appearance is unnatural, so is their prophetic greeting. It is the speaking...
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