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Questions about the play 'Measure for Measure', written in 1603 or 1604 by William Shakespeare. Use this tag with the [william-shakespeare] tag.

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Meaning of "Bore many gentlemen" in Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure"?

In act I, scene 5, of Measure for Measure, Lucio says: Lucio. This is the point. The Duke is very strangely gone from hence; Bore many gentlemen (my selfe being one) In hand, and hope of action: but ...
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What does the clown mean by saying that brothels in the cities "shall stand for seed" in the second scene of "Measure for Measure"?

In act I, scene 2, of Measure for Measure, the clown uses the word seed: Clow. All howses in the Suburbs of Vienna must bee pluck'd downe. Bawd. And what shall become of those in the Citie? Clow. ...
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What does 'sheers' mean in scene 2, act I of "Measure for Measure"?

In act I, scene 2, of Measure for Measure, one of the gentlemen uses the word sheer: Luc. I, why not? Grace, is Grace, despight of all con-, trouersie: as for example; Thou thy selfe art a wicked ...
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Did Shakespeare's audience believe Measure for Measure to be realistic?

In the play Measure for Measure Vincentio, the Duke of Vienna, leaves his city in the charge of a judge while he goes on a "diplomatic mission". It transpires that he has not, in fact, left the city ...
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