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Gratitude advice from William Shakespeare

Shakespeare on Gratitude

Romeo, after the fray, had taken refuge in friar Lawrence’s cell, where he was first made acquainted with the prince’s sentence, which seemed to him far more terrible than death. To him it appeard there was no world out of Verona’s walls, no living out of the sight of Juliet. Heaven was there where Juliet lived, and all beyond was purgatory, torture, and hell. The good friar would have applied the consolation of philosophy to his griefs: but this frantic young man would hear of none, but like a madman he tore his hair, and threw himself all along upon the ground, as he said, to take the measure of his grave. From this unseemly state he was roused by a message from his dear lady, which a little revived him; and then the friar took the advantage to expostualte with him on the unmanly weakness which he had shown. He had slain Tybalt, but would he also slay himself, slay his dear lady, who lived but in his life? The noble form of man, …

Review – King Alfred’s English

Did you know that the 100 most commonly spoken words in the English language are Anglo-Saxon? Did you know the first ruler in history to make reading and writing one of the qualifications of a nobleman was the English King Alfred? Did you know that the man who had the greatest influence on our modern language was not William Shakespeare, but William Tyndale?  Laurie White explains all this and more in her interesting and exciting King Alfred’s English, A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do. Be sure to read to the end of this review to find out how you can learn the answers to these facts for yourself! Beginning with the Roman invasion of Britannia through the obscure yet exciting Middle Ages, Laurie White tells the stories of who lived – and spoke – in the land we now call England, and how they did it.  She breaks down the major events during this time into “language invasions,” giving the reader a visual and aural understanding of …