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Notes and Questions
In what part of the castle does this
conversation take place? What
tells you? Where are Marmion's followers
during this time? Where are Douglas's soldiers and servants?
What lines tell you Notice how simply Marmion re
minds Douglas of the claim he had upon hospitality, while in
Scotland. Lines 9 to 12. Note the claims that have always
been allowed the stranger: “And stranger is a holy name, Guidance and rest and food and
fire, In vain he never must require." What part of Marmion's claim
does Douglas recognize? Which
lines show this What claim does Marmion make
for one who does England's
message''? What do we call one "who does
England's message” at Wash
ington ? Is this Marmion's personal pride
or pride of country (patriotism)? Read the lines in which Marmion's
personal pride shows itself in
resentment of Douglas's insults. What does Douglas forget when he
threatens Marmion Line 69. Which man appears to greater ad
vantage in this scene? "train”-procession.
’plain!'-complain. “Tantal’lon”—Douglas's castle. "warder”-guard. "peer"-equal. "peer"-a nobleman. “Saint Bride”-a saint belong:
ing to the house of Douglas. "rowel”-wheel of a spur.
That man to man, the warld o’er
Shall brothers be for a' that.
HELPS TO STUDY
Biographical: Robert Burns was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1759. His life was short and full of poverty and privation; but he saw poetry in all the commonplace occurrences of every-day life. His sympathy went out to all human kind and, as the above selection shows, he had a high regard for the real worth of man.
The quality of mercy is not strained;
It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.
HELPS TO STUDY Biographical and Historical: William Shakespeare, the greatest of English poets, indeed one of the greatest of the world's poets, was born in 1564 at Stratford-on-Avon. As a young man of twenty-two, after his marriage with Anne Hathaway, he went up to London, where he became connected with theaters, first, tradition says, by holding horses at the doors. The next twenty years he spent in London as an actor, and in writing poems and plays, later becoming a shareholder as well as an actor. The last ten years of his life were spent at Stratford, where he died at the age of fifty-two. This was the time of Queen Elizabeth and is known as the Elizabethan Age. It was the age richest in genius of all kinds, but especially in the creation of dramatic literature.
In the foregoing selection, Portia, disguised as a lawyer, makes this famous speech in pleading the cause of Antonio against Shylock.
Words and Phrases for Discussion, "temporal power" "sceptered sway"
“Earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice”!
2. THE SEVEN AGES OF MAN
AS YOU LIKE IT, ACT II, SCENE 7.
ALL the world's a stage,
taste, sans everything.