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Transcript of Practice Wit
Benedick; nobody marks you.
Benedick: What, my dear Lady Disdain! are you yet living?
Beatrice: Is it possible disdain should die while she hath such
meet food to feed it as Signior Benedick? Courtesy itself
must convert to disdain, if you come in her presence.
Benedick: Then is courtesy a turncoat. But it is certain I am
loved of all ladies, only you excepted: and I would I could
find in my heart that I had not a hard heart; for, truly, I love
Beatrice: A dear happiness to women: they would else have
been troubled with a pernicious suitor. I thank God and my
cold blood, I am of your humour for that: I had rather hear
my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me.
Benedick: God keep your ladyship still in that mind! so some
gentleman or other shall 'scape a predestinate scratched
Beatrice: Scratching could not make it worse, an 'twere such a
face as yours were. An author may use wit for any of several reasons... To entertain To enhance insight To make the reader think William Shakespeare Wit "'Con tal que las costumbres de un autor,' says Don Thomas de las Torres, in the preface to hs Amatory Poems 'Sean puras y castas, importo muy poco que no sean igualete severas sus obras'--meaning, in plain English, that, provided the morals of an author are pure, personally, it signifies nothing what are the morals of his books. We presume that Don Thomas is now in Purgatory for the assertion. It would be a clever thing, too, in the way of poetical justice, to keep him there until his Amatory Poems get out of print, or are laid definitely upon the shelf through lack of readers." Wit Long ago, the term "wit" meant basic understanding. Over time, its definition changed. is clever remarks, intelligent humor, and quick reflexes in conversation. To insult "April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four." Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) Twain is considered to be one of the greatest writers of wit. He is well known for his many sharp and brilliant quotes. "Sometimes I wonder wheter the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. "Better a witty fool than a foolish wit." "I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see that you are unarmed."