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EXTRACT SIX: GOLD

 

GUIDE:


[Reciting an extract from Timon of Athens, Act Four, Scene Three by William Shakespeare (1608)]

 

"Gold, yellow, glittering, precious gold?

... Thus much of this will make black white; foul, fair;

Wrong, right; base, noble; old, young; coward, valiant

............................................... Why, this

Will lug your priests and servants from you sides;

Pluck stout men's pillows from below their heads;

This yellow slave

Will knit and break religions; Bless the 'accursed,

Make the hoar leprosy ador'd; place thieves

And given them title, knee and approbation.

With senators on the bench: this is it

That makes the wappen'd widow wed again;

She, whom the spital-house and ulcerous sores

Would cast the gorge at, this embalms and spices

To th'April day again. Come, dammed earth,

Thou common whore of mankind, those putt'st odds

Among the rout of nations, I will make thee

Do thy right nature."

 

(shouting through megaphone) . . . AN INCORRECT ASSUMPTION BEGETS A FALSE CONCLUSION!


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