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The works of John Dryden,

John Dryden

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. . .I am your guarantee; he is doomed a cuckold, in disdain of destiny.

Wood. What mean you?

Brain. To stand before the door with my brandished blade, and defend the entrance: He dies upon the point, if he approaches.

Wood. If I durst trust it, it is heroic.

Brain. It is the office of a friend: I will do it.

Wood. [Aside.] Should he know hereafter his wife were here, he would think I had enjoyed her, though I had not; it is best venturing for something. He takes pains enough, on conscience, for his cuckoldom; and, by my troth, has earned it fairly.—But, may a man venture upon your promise?

Brain. Bars of brass, and doors of adamant, could not more secure you.

Wood. I know it; but still gentle means are best: 095 You may come to force at last. Perhaps you may wheedle him away: it is but drawing a trope or two upon him.Read More

Community Reviews

At the end of his life. Dryden described himself as one "who had done his best to improve the language and especially the poetry," of his country. To a substantial extent he was justified in saying this, for even putting aside his actually great activities in English prose, he had elucidated and tid

I'm not sure if Dryden's rewrite/butchery of Troilus and Cressida is actually included in the various works of John Dryden, but it's as good a place as any to record that I reread his version again. As I've said before, if you're looking for literary genius, just go back to Shakespeare and Chaucer.