The Why?s Man
"My art is place specific and people specific." George Wyllie
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EXTRACT SIX: GOLD
[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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