I will something affect the letter, for it argues facility

Holofernes
I will something affect the letter, for it argues facility.
The preyful princess pierced and pricked a pretty pleasing pricket,
Some say a sore, but not a sore till now made sore with shooting.
The dogs did yell. Put “l” to “sore,” then sorel jumps from thicket,
Or pricket sore, or else sorel. The people fall a-hooting.
If sore be sore, then “L” to “sore” makes fifty sores o’ sorel.
Of one sore I an hundred make by adding but one more “L.”
Nathaniel
A rare talent.
Dull aside
If a talent be a claw, look how he claws him with a talent.
Holofernes
This is a gift that I have, simple, simple — a foolish extravagant spirit, full of forms, figures, shapes, objects, ideas, apprehensions, motions, revolutions. These are begot in the ventricle of memory, nourished in the womb of pia mater, and delivered upon the mellowing of occasion. But the gift is good in those in whom it is acute, and I am thankful for it.
Nathaniel
Sir, I praise the Lord for you, and so may my parishioners, for their sons are well tutored by you, and their daughters profit very greatly under you. You are a good member of the commonwealth.
Holofernes
Mehercle, if their sons be ingenious, they shall want no instruction; if their daughters be capable, I will put it to them.

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Act 4
Scene 2
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