Dragon Stew's Shakespearean Quote Key

The following Shakespearean key applies to the short story Dragon Stew written by R. L. Copple, published at Dragons, Knights, and Angels and can be read at this link: http://www.dkamagazine.com/item.php?sub_id=77. If you have not read the story yet, I would highly encourage you to read it before viewing this key. The story has twenty-one Shakespearean quotes woven through it, and this page shows where those quotes are to be found in the story and which of Shakespeare's quotes they reference. For the highest reading pleasure, please read that story first.

I do hope you enjoyed the story, it is one of my favorites. Once you have given up trying to find all twenty-one quotes, you can use the following key to grade your efforts. Thank you for reading and playing the "find the quote" game.


Shakespeare Dragon Stew
1 "All the world's a stage..."

-- From As You Like It (II, vii, 139-143)
"Listen, these people's lives are not a stage you can play out your innovative scripts on."

-- Guardian Angel George
2 "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

-- From Hamlet (I, v, 166-167)
The interwoven threads of heaven and earth are more complex than you think.

-- Guardian Angel George
3 "The quality of mercy is not strain'd."

-- From Merchant of Venice (IV, I, (184-186)
"Here's my best advice: Mercy's power towers above all else."

-- Guardian Angel George
4 "And thus I clothe my naked villany…"

-- From King Richard III (I, iii, 336-338)
"My naked cunning would be revealed."

-- Guardian Angel Earl aka Dante
5 "Why then tonight let us assay our plot."

-- From All's Well That Ends Well (III, vii, 43-44)
"Then let's refine our plan tonight."

-- Guardian Angel Earl aka Dante
6 "Lord, what fools these mortals be!"

-- From A Midsummer Night's Dream (III, ii, 115)
"Lord, what a fool this immortal is."

-- Argu
7 "Thou art a votary to fond desire."

-- From The Two Gentlemen of Verona (I, i, 52)
"You're an answer to longing desire."

-- Christopher
8 ""Is whispering nothing?"

-- The Winter's Tale (I, ii, 284-285)
"Are my whispers nothing?"

-- Christopher
9 "Nothing can come of nothing: speak again."

-- From King Lear (I, i, 92)
"That reputation is nothing and you'll get nothing from it."

-- Argu aka Salome
10 To be or not to be,--that is the question…

-- From Hamlet (III, i, 56-61)
"Is the real choice before me whether to be a dragon-slayer or not?"

-- Christopher
11 "O happy dagger!"

-- From Romeo and Juliet (V, iii, 169-170)
What a wonderful sword!

-- Argu aka Salome
12 "My only love sprung from my only hate!"

-- From Romeo and Juliet (I, v, 140-141)
"I'll not kill him, he's my only love born from my only hate."

-- Argu aka Salome
13 "Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow."

-- From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 185)
"Until we meet again. Separation is such a bright sadness!"

-- Christopher
14 O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?

-- From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 33)
"Argu, O Argu, where are you Argu?"

-- Christopher
15 "Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't."

-- From Hamlet (II, ii, 206)
"Though this appears crazy, I have a logical plan."

-- Guardian Angel Earl aka Dante
16 "Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog…"

-- From Macbeth (IV, i, 14-15)
"Gather together an eye of newt, toe of frog, wool of bat, tongue of dog--oh, I'm sorry. This is a spell for turning handsome princes into toads."
(Note: In Macbeth, this brew doesn't turn princes into toads, but what it did do doesn't fit here, so...

-- Guardian Angel Earl aka Dante
17 "Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind."

-- From A Midsummer Night's Dream (I, i, 234)
"Love should look with the mind, not the eyes."

-- Argu aka Salome
18 "Off with his head!"

-- From King Richard III (III, iv, 76)
"Off with your head!"

-- Christopher
19 "The course of true love never did run smooth."

-- From A Midsummer Night's Dream (I, i, 134)
"Real love flows over sharp rocks before it meanders into pleasant lakes."

-- Argu aka Salome
20 "What a piece of work is man!"

-- From Hamlet (II, ii, 115-117)
"What a piece of work this angel is"

-- Guardian Angel George
21 "All's well that ends well"

-- From All's Well That Ends Well ((IV, iv, 39)
"Sure, all's well that ends well."

-- Guardian Angel Earl