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The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus

Christopher Marlowe

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The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, normally known simply as Doctor Faustus, is a play by Christopher Marlowe, based on the Faust story, in which a man sells his soul to the devil for power and knowledge. Doctor Faustus was first published in 1604, eleven years after Marlowe's death and at least twelve years after the first performance of the play. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .What god can hurt thee, Faustus? thou art safe Cast no more doubts.—Come, Mephistophilis, And bring glad tidings from great Lucifer;— Is't not midnight?—come, Mephistophilis, Veni, veni, Mephistophile! Enter MEPHISTOPHILIS. Now tell me77 what says Lucifer, thy lord? MEPHIST. That I shall wait on Faustus whilst he lives,78 So he will buy my service with his soul. FAUSTUS. Already Faustus hath hazarded that for thee. MEPHIST. But, Faustus, thou must bequeath it solemnly, And write a deed of gift with thine own blood; For that security craves great Lucifer. If thou deny it, I will back to hell. FAUSTUS. Stay, Mephistophilis, and tell me, what good will my soul do thy lord? MEPHIST. Enlarge his kingdom. FAUSTUS. Is that the reason why79 he tempts us thus? MEPHIST. Solamen miseris socios habuisse doloris.80 FAUSTUS. Why,81 have you any . . . Read More

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- بايع يا باشا؟
- بايع يا معلم.
- مش تسأل الأول على كام
- يا عم انا بايع بايع مافيهاش كلام
- تبيع للشيطان؟ لإبليس؟!
- أبيع بشروطي
- هشهيصك. هلففك العالم و أزبطك يا مان و أخلي كل رغباتك في السلانكتيه
- اشطه يا مان يبقى معادنا يوم الخميس في عيد ميلاد ابليس

طبعا كان نفسي ابقى عميق بس مش قادر
المسرحية مباشرة...more

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