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By William Shakespeare

Written on the top of Shakespeare’s occupation and that includes his such a lot hovering poetic idiom, Antony and Cleopatra is either an immortal love tale and a political drama performed out on an international scale.

Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, of today’s so much entire Shakespearean students, this contemporary Library sequence contains definitive texts and authoritative notes from William Shakespeare: entire Works. every one play comprises an advent in addition to an outline of Shakespeare’s theatrical profession; statement on previous and present productions in keeping with interviews with top administrators, actors, and architects; scene-by-scene research; key evidence concerning the paintings; a chronology of Shakespeare’s existence and occasions; and black-and-white illustrations.

Ideal for college kids, theater pros, and normal readers, those smooth and available variations from the Royal Shakespeare corporation set a brand new general in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century.

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Your thighs grip m/y flanks. I am covered with sweat. The smell of m /y closecropped hair wafts round. / feel the slipperiness of your bare perspiring skin. Your arms hold m/e by the neck. Your breasts your belly are against m /y spine. M /y skin is agitated by convulsive jerks. You knead m /y muscles with your large hands, you speak to m/e, oh so sweetly so sweetly. Then I stiffen m /y ears m /y nostrils quiver­ ing. M /y head is shaken tugged like a mane by your hands. I see obliquely the tall plants of the banks the grasses in flower the great mauve foxgloves in full luxuriance.

Something that feels like a rasp adheres to m/y lungs. In the end I begin to run. The pain makes m /y eyeballs start from their orbits. I bend down re­ peatedly to pick them up groping in the sand of the main avenue. I cry out with impatience, I search on m/y knees, I must wipe them before putting them back in place. 52 THE AREOLAS THE ECCHYMOSES THE WOUNDS THE FOLDS THE GRAZES THE WRINKLES THE BLISTERS THE FISSURES THE SWELLINGS THE SUNBURN THE BEAUTY-SPOTS THE BLACKHEADS THE HAIR FOLLICLES THE WARTS THE EXCRESCENCES THE PAPULES THE SEBUM THE PIGMENTATION THE EPIDERMIS THE DERMIS THE CUTANEOUS NERVES THE INNER­ VATIONS THE PAPILLAE THE NERVE NETWORKS THE NERVEROOTS THE BUNDLES THE BRANCHES THE PLEXUSES THE MOTOR NERVES THE SENSORY THE CERVICAL THE PNEUMOGASTRIC 53 Whoever has dared lay hands on you, let her show her­ self, let her curse the day she was bom.

I see your bones covered with flesh the iliacs the knee­ caps the elbows the shoulders. I remove the muscles cautiously so as not to damage them, I take each one between m /y fingers the long muscles the round muscles the short muscles, I pull, I tear them by their fibres from their bones, I pile them in a heap each fragment moving slightly quivering when I put it down. 1 gradually extract the bone, I see it appear pearly white with reddish shreds, I lick it, I caress it, / pumice it to polish it, I wait till it has a pleasing shine, I watch it in its silence, I hear all the cries its laying bare has cost m/e horror joy profound sadness, I regard your skeleton separated from the sacs 3» the humours the viscera the hair the cheeks the mouth the eyes day of nightmare the eyes the vulva so much alive, I feel great pity for it and a still greater love, I admire the delicacy of the metacarpals and the phalanges of the fingers, I touch the ribs so adorably contrived, I am seized with desire for you, I drool, I weep, the blood exerts pressure in the ventricles of m /y heart, your bones all dry polished white bare enter m /y vision, I touch them, confused I lie down on them.

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