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Thomas Middleton

Születési dátum: 18. április 1580
Halál dátuma: 4. július 1627

Thomas Middleton Jakab-kori angol drámaíró, költő. Az angol reneszánsz korszak egyik legkiemelkedőbb alakja. Történelmi drámái, komédiái és tragédiái egyforma sikereket értek el, amivel kiemelkedett kortársai közül. Az A Game at Chess című színműve a kor legsikeresebb alkotásaként került be a történelembe. Wikipedia

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Idézetek Thomas Middleton

„Tis slight, not strength, that gives the greatest lift.“

—  Thomas Middleton, Michaelmas Term

Michaelmas Term (1602), Act iv. Sc. 1. Compare: "It is not strength, but art, obtains the prize", Alexander Pope, The Iliad, book xxiii. line 383.

„Black spirits and white, red spirits and gray,
Mingle, mingle, mingle, you that mingle may.“

—  Thomas Middleton, The Witch

The Witch (1616), Act v. Sc. 2. Compare: Macbeth, act iv. sc. 1. According to Steevens, "the song was, in all probability, a traditional one"; Collier says, "Doubtless it does not belong to Middleton more than to Shakespeare"; Dyce says, "There seems to be little doubt that ‘Macbeth’ is of an earlier date than ‘The Witch’".

„All is not gold that glisteneth.“

—  Thomas Middleton, A Fair Quarrel

A Fair Quarrel (1616), Act v. Sc. 1. Compare: "But all thing which that shineth as the gold, Ne is no gold, as I have herd it told", Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, "The Chanones Yemannes Tale", Line 16430.

„The better day, the better deed.“

—  Thomas Middleton

Act iii. Sc. 1. Compare: "The better day, the worse deed", Mathew Henry, Commentaries, Genesis iii.
The Phœnix (1603-4)

„Let the air strike our tune,
Whilst we show reverence to yond peeping moon.“

—  Thomas Middleton, The Witch

The Witch (1616), Act v. Sc. 2. "I ’ll charm the air to give a sound, While you perform your antic round", Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act iv. Sc. 1.

„I smell a rat.“

—  Thomas Middleton

Blurt, Master-Constable (c. 1601), Act iii. Sc. 3. Compare: "I smell a rat", Ben Jonson, Tale of a Tub, act iv. Sc. 3; Samuel Butler, Hudibras, part i. canto i. line 281; "I begin to smell a rat", Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, book iv. chap. x.

„There is no hate lost between us.“

—  Thomas Middleton, The Witch

The Witch (1616), Act iv. Sc. 3. Compare: "There is no love lost between us", Cervantes, Don Quixote, book iv. chap. xxiii.; Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer (1771), Act iv.; David Garrick, Correspondence, 1759; Henry Fielding, The Grub Street Opera, act i. sc. 4.

„That disease
Of which all old men sicken,—avarice.“

—  Thomas Middleton, The Roaring Girl

The Roaring Girl (co-written with Thomas Dekker, 1611), Act i. Sc. 1. Compare: "So for a good old gentlemanly vice,/I think I must take up with avarice", Lord Byron, Don Juan, canto i. stanza 216.

„From thousands of our undone widows
One may derive some wit.“

—  Thomas Middleton

A Trick to catch the Old One (1605), Act i. Sc. 2. Compare: "Some undone widow sits upon mine arm", Philip Massinger, A New Way to pay Old Debts, act v. sc. 1.

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„The world's a stage on which all parts are played.“

—  Thomas Middleton

A Game of Chess (1624), Act v. Sc. 1. Compare: "All the world ’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players", Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act ii. Sc. 7.; "The world ’s a theatre, the earth a stage, Which God and Nature do with actors fill", Thomas Heywood, Apology for Actors (1612).

„A flat case as plain as a pack-staff.“

—  Thomas Middleton

Act v. Sc. 3. Compare: "Plain as a pike-staff", Terence in English (1641); Buckingham, Speech in the House of Lords, 1675; Gil Blas (Smollett’s translation), book xii. chap. viii. John Byrom, Epistle to a Friend.
The Family of Love (co-written with Thomas Dekker, 1602-7)

„By many a happy accident.“

—  Thomas Middleton

No Wit, no Help, like a Woman's (1611), Act ii. Sc. 2. Compare: "A happy accident", Madame de Staël, L'Allemagne, chap. xvi. Cervantes, Don Quixote, book iv. part ii. chap. lvii.

„Spick and span new.“

—  Thomas Middleton

Act iv. Sc. 3. Compare: "Spick and span new", Ford, The Lover’s Melancholy, act i. sc. 1. George Farquhar, Preface to his Works.
The Family of Love (co-written with Thomas Dekker, 1602-7)

„A little too wise, they say, do ne’er live long.“

—  Thomas Middleton

Act i. Sc. 1. Compare: "So wise so young, they say, do never live long", William Shakespeare, King Richard III, Act iii. Sc. 1.
The Phœnix (1603-4)

„Ground not upon dreams; you know they are ever contrary.“

—  Thomas Middleton

Act iv. Sc. 3. Compare: "For drames always go by contraries", Samuel Lover, The Angel’s Whisper.
The Family of Love (co-written with Thomas Dekker, 1602-7)

„My nearest
And dearest enemy.“

—  Thomas Middleton, Anything for a Quiet Life

Anything for a Quiet Life (1621), Act v. Sc. 1. Compare: "Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven, Or ever I had seen that day", Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act i. Sc. 2.

„From the crown of our head to the sole of our foot.“

—  Thomas Middleton

A Mad World, my Masters (1605), Compare: "From the crown of his head to the sole of his foot, 1 he is all mirth", William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing, Act iii. Sc. 2.

„Hold their noses to the grindstone.“

—  Thomas Middleton

Blurt, Master-Constable (c.1601), Act iii. Sc. 3. Attributed to Middleton, but possibly written or edited by Thomas Dekker. http://www.tech.org/~cleary/blurt.html#NOTES. Compare: "Hold their noses to grinstone", John Heywood, Proverbes. Part i. Chap. v.

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