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A Servant to Servants

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Blank-verse dramatic monologue by Robert Frost, published in North of Boston (1914). A lonely, overworked New England farm wife talks with a visiting naturalist, and through her ...

Servant to Servants, A

Servant to Servants, A   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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2004
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... to Servants, A , blank-verse dramatic monologue by Robert Frost , published in North of Boston ( 1914 ). A lonely, overworked New England farm wife talks with a visiting naturalist, and through her eager conversation reveals the tragic story of her life. Reared in a loveless family, in which her mother's life had been embittered by the necessity of caring for an obscenely mad brother-in-law, she herself had been influenced for a time by the inherited strain of insanity, and welcomed the opportunity to marry Len, the unfeeling husband who neglects her...

Servant to Servants, A

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The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

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2002
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...Servant to Servants, A , blank-verse dramatic monologue by Robert Frost , published in North of Boston ( 1914 ). A lonely, overworked New England farm wife talks with a visiting naturalist, and through her eager conversation reveals the tragic story of her life. Reared in a loveless family, in which her mother’s life had been embittered by the necessity of caring for an obscenely mad brother-in-law, she herself had been, influenced for a time by the inherited strain of insanity, and welcomed the opportunity to marry Len, the unfeeling husband who neglects...

A Servant to Servants

A Servant to Servants  

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Blank-verse dramatic monologue by Robert Frost, published in North of Boston (1914).A lonely, overworked New England farm wife talks with a visiting naturalist, and through her eager conversation ...
Timon of Athens

Timon of Athens   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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...2.1 A senator is calculating the sums Timon owes, and hurriedly sends his factor Caphis to call in his own debts before Timon is bankrupt. 2.2 Flavius is besieged by Timon’s creditors, on whom Apemantus vents his satirical wit while Flavius is finally able to convince Timon that he has given away his entire estate. Timon confidently sends servants to three of his friends, Lucius, Lucullus, and Sempronius, in order to borrow money from them. Flavius reports that the senators have already declined to make such a loan, but Timon sends him to borrow from...

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Anthony Davies, and Will Sharpe

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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...to marry Katherine. Lucentio, overhearing all this, hits upon a strategy with his servant Tranio: he will gain access to Bianca by disguising himself as a schoolmaster while Tranio, seconded by his other servant Biondello, fills the role of Lucentio. They exchange clothes. (Above, Sly is apparently bored by the play.) 1.2 Petruccio, arriving from Verona with his servant Grumio, calls on his friend Hortensio, and, learning of Katherine’s dowry, agrees to woo her despite her reported shrewishness: he also agrees to recommend a disguised Hortensio to...

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor   Reference library

Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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2,720 words
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...a letter, via Slender’s servant Peter Simple, to Mistress Quickly, housekeeper to the French physician Dr Caius and a friend of Anne, urging her to promote Slender’s suit. 1.3 Sir John, staying at the Garter Inn, successfully recommends Bardolph to his Host as a tapster. Sir John then explains to Nim and Pistol that he means to gain money by seducing Mistress Ford and Mistress Page, and gives them love letters to deliver: when they refuse this dishonourable errand he dismisses them, entrusting the letters instead to his page Robin. Nim and Pistol decide to...

King Lear

King Lear   Reference library

Stanley Wells and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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Oxford University Press

...offers to demonstrate the truth of his allegation if Gloucester will conceal himself to overhear a conversation between the brothers. Gloucester blames recent eclipses of the sun and moon for overturning the natural order, but Edmund, in soliloquy, reveals a rationalist disposition. He tells the innocent Edgar that Gloucester is displeased with him. Sc. 3 (1.3) Lear is staying with Gonoril. Complaining that he and his followers are riotous, she instructs her servant Oswald to treat them insolently. She will write to Regan advising her to follow a similar...

The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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2,835 words
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Oxford University Press
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...that in a shipwreck he and the younger son and servant were separated from his wife and the other two twins. At 18 his younger son, given the same name as his missing twin, set off with his servant in quest of their brothers: Egeon subsequently set off after them, and has arrived in Ephesus on his way home after five years’ fruitless search. Moved, the Duke allows Egeon the remainder of the day to raise the ransom. 1.2 Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio of Syracuse have arrived in Ephesus: Antipholus sends his servant to their lodging to lock up...

African‐Caribbean Genealogy

African‐Caribbean Genealogy   Quick reference

Guy Grannum

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
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History, Local and Family History
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4,002 words
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Oxford University Press

...In addition to information on the estate, the owner, and his or her family, genealogists may find accounts of payments to contract labourers and merchants, wage lists of household servants and labourers, and lists of slaves. Surviving records may be found among family papers in British and Caribbean archives under the name of the plantation or the owner. There are many online catalogues describing estate papers and other archives relating to the Caribbean available in the UK, for example the National Register of Archives, Access to Archives ( A2A ), and...

Henry IV Part 2

Henry IV Part 2   Reference library

Michael Dobson

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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2,727 words
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Oxford University Press

...(‘Continuing to his death, and coronation of Henry the Fifth. With the humours of Sir John Falstaff, and swaggering Pistol. As it hath been sundry times publically acted by the right honourable the Lord Chamberlain his servants. Written by William Shakespeare.’). This text—set from Shakespeare’s own foul papers —was reissued, probably in the same year, with the addition of Act 3 Scene 1, omitted from the original printing. The play reappeared in the Folio in 1623 in a text derived from a promptbook but ‘corrected’ by a compositor who, wishing to make the text...

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Gentlemen of Verona   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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2,682 words
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Oxford University Press

...to travel to Milan. His servant Speed, who has just delivered a love letter to Julia for Proteus to no apparent effect, follows him. 1.2 Julia receives Proteus’ letter from her maid Lucetta, who speaks in his favour: she appears to be angry, and tears the letter up, but cannot subsequently resist the temptation to reassemble such pieces as she can. 1.3 Proteus’ father resolves to give Proteus the same opportunities Valentine is enjoying by sending him, too, to the Milanese court: surprised while reading his first love letter from Julia, Proteus, in part as a...

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night   Reference library

Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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3,487 words
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Oxford University Press

...a shipwreck in which she fears her twin brother Sebastian has perished, learns from the ship’s Captain of Olivia’s vow and Orsino’s suit: with his help she intends to disguise herself as a eunuch and enter Orsino’s service. 1.3 At Olivia’s house her dissolute uncle Sir Toby Belch detains the rich but foolish Sir Andrew Aguecheek, another hopeful suitor to Olivia: Sir Andrew’s ineptitude is demonstrated by his incompetent repartee with the witty servant Maria. 1.4 Viola, disguised as ‘Cesario’, has become such a favourite of Orsino that he sends her to court...

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, Anthony Davies, and Will Sharpe

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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3,203 words
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Oxford University Press
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...to the conspiracy. Cassius sends Cinna to deliver further anonymous messages to Brutus before he and Casca go to Brutus’ house to continue persuading him to join them. 2.1 In his orchard Brutus decides Caesar must be prevented from becoming a tyrant by assassination, a decision in which he is confirmed by reading the anonymous letters. His servant Lucius confirms that tomorrow is the Ides of March. Cassius, Casca, and other conspirators arrive, their faces hidden, and after a private discussion with Cassius, Brutus shakes their hands (declining to take a...

Theatre

Theatre   Reference library

An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Current Version:
2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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5,088 words
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Oxford University Press

...be less expensive than a evening spent in a *tavern , where a pint of ale cost threepence. Of equal if not more importance than the monetary value of a half-price gallery ticket was its symbolic value—the fact that it acknowledged the right of the servant or the artisan to a place within the local or national theatre. Attempts by theatre managers to abolish the custom were stoutly resisted by gallery audiences. In 1792 Covent Garden was the site of a serious disturbance when gallery-goers discovered that they were no longer entitled to the privilege of...

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Anthony Davies, and Will Sharpe

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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4,098 words
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Oxford University Press
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...was awakened by Juliet when his servant Balthasar brings the news that Juliet is dead: intending to return to Verona and kill himself, Romeo buys poison from a needy apothecary. 5.2 Friar Laurence learns that his colleague Friar John has been prevented by plague quarantine restrictions from delivering his explanatory letter to Romeo: he hurries towards the Capulets’ tomb. 5.3 Paris is strewing flowers at the tomb and reciting an epitaph for Juliet when Romeo arrives, sending an apprehensive Balthasar away: Paris attempts to arrest Romeo and is killed in the...

Viewing

Viewing   Reference library

An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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6,051 words
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Oxford University Press

...gallery was open on Wednesdays from May to July to visitors known to the Marquis or a member of his family, or to artists recommended by a member of the Royal Academy. Applications for tickets were inserted in a porter's book and vetted for the following day, a procedure that further limited the composition of the gallery crowd. Generally, visitors who gained permission to view a private house or gallery could expect to be accompanied on their tour by a housekeeper or servant who acted as a steward and animate catalogue to the works on display. Frequent...

As You Like It

As You Like It   Reference library

Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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3,253 words
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Oxford University Press

...seen pronouncing a sententious lament over a wounded deer. 2.2 Duke Frederick interrogates his courtiers about the disappearance of Celia, feared to have fled with Rosalind in pursuit of Orlando, and has Oliver summoned to court to assist in the manhunt. 2.3 The returning Orlando is warned to flee his murderous brother by Adam, who offers to accompany him as his servant. 2.4 Rosalind and Celia, in their respective disguises, arrive wearily in Ardenne with Touchstone, and overhear the young shepherd Silvius bemoaning his love for Phoebe to his older colleague...

Popular Culture

Popular Culture   Reference library

An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
5,520 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...of a poor tenant farmer's daughter by working as a domestic servant in Exeter. In 1792 she suddenly felt the call, at the age of 42, to declare herself a prophetess, the ‘woman clothed in the sun’ cited in Revelation. Her near-illegible, ungrammatical, and phonetically spelt spirit-writings drew on a syncretic blend of Devonshire pagan folk belief and Christian millenarianism. Local harvest failures and food *riots , as well as international war and revolution, provided the backdrop for her national mission from 1801 to announce the awful days leading to...

Landscape History: The Countryside

Landscape History: The Countryside   Quick reference

H. S. A. Fox

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
Length:
6,175 words
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Oxford University Press

...tended to employ living‐in servants in husbandry rather than day labourers . This practice may have depressed population even further, because farm‐boarded servants tended to marry later than labourers with access to their own accommodation. The nature of the human landscape has a central place here: decline in population creates a particular type of settlement pattern, engendering a type of labour deployment conducive to further demographic decline. Another illustration may be drawn from our knowledge of field systems . It is likely to have been...

Coriolanus

Coriolanus   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
3,020 words
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Oxford University Press
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...to banishment. 4.1 A stoical Coriolanus bids farewell to Volumnia, Virgilia, Menenius, Cominius, and the patricians. 4.2 Volumnia rails against the gloating tribunes. 4.3 A Roman informer tells a Volscian of Coriolanus’ banishment, certain the news will encourage the regrouping Volscian army to launch a fresh attack on Rome. 4.4 Disguised, Coriolanus arrives in the Volscian city of Antium, and seeks out Tullus Aufidius. 4.5 Refusing to be denied entry by servants, Coriolanus reveals himself to Aufidius and announces that he wishes to defect to the...

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