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Subject: Shakespeare
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: 84nan-ga
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Posted: 02 Apr 2004 07:59 PST
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Question ID: 324048
In one of his plays, Shakespeare writes about beverage alcohol, saying
something like "it increases the desire, but limits the performance." 
Which play is it and who is the character?  Thank you.
Subject: Re: Shakespeare
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 02 Apr 2004 08:29 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello 84nan,

The phrase you mentioned was taken Shakespeare?s play Macbeth in a
conversation between the Porter and Macduff.

Here is the reference:

Act 2, Scene 3


    'Faith sir, we were carousing till the 
    second cock: and drink, sir, is a great 
provoker of three things. 


    What three things does drink especially provoke? 


    ?Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and 
    urine. Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes; 
    it provokes the desire, but it takes 
    away the performance: therefore, much drink 
    may be said to be an equivocator with lechery: 
    it makes him, and it mars him; it sets 
    him on, and it takes him off; it persuades him, 
    and disheartens him; makes him stand to, and 
    not stand to; in conclusion, equivocates him 
    in a sleep, and, giving him the lie, leaves him.?


"Drink provokes the desire but takes away the performance."  (William Shakespeare)

Drink, Sir, is a great provoker of three things, nose-painting, sleep
?and urine. Lechery, it provokes, and unprovokes: it provokes the
desire, but it takes away the performance.?
Macbeth, 2. 3
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'Drink, sir, is a provoker of three things ... Lechery, sir, it
provokes, and unprovokes; it provokes the desire, but takes away the
performance.' (Macbeth) act 2, sc 3.

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I hope this helps!  If anything is unclear with my answer, please ask
for clarification.

Best regards,
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