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nicholas_nickleby

Shakespeare derived some of his plots from old tales and legends in general circulation; but it seems to me, that some of the gentlemen of your craft, at the present day, have shot very far beyond him.

Background. “Shakespeare derived some of his plots from old tales and legends in general circulation; but it seems to me, that some of the gentlemen of your craft, at the present day, have shot very far beyond him.” is a quotation from Nicholas Nickleby (Chapter 48). The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, more commonly […]

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great_expectations

I know that I had been to see Macbeth at the theatre, a night or two before, and that her face looked to me as if it were all disturbed by fiery air, like the faces I had seen rise out of the Witches’ caldron.

Background. “I know that I had been to see Macbeth at the theatre, a night or two before, and that her face looked to me as if it were all disturbed by fiery air, like the faces I had seen rise out of the Witches’ caldron.” is a quotation taken from Great Expectations (Chapter 26). […]

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sketchesbyboz

The animosity between the Montagues and Capulets, was nothing to that which prevailed between these two illustrious houses.

Background. “The animosity between the Montagues and Capulets, was nothing to that which prevailed between these two illustrious houses.” is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Tales. Chapter 7 (The Steam Excursion). Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.   Context. Description of […]

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