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The outward habit by the inward man
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0352  Monday, 9 February 2004

From:           David Cohen <
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Date:           Friday, 6 Feb 2004 13:51:35 -0600
Subject:        The outward habit by the inward man

Can anyone clear something up for me?  Regardless of who wrote these lines-

Opinion's but a fool, that makes us scan
The outward habit by the inward man.

     SIMONIDES
     Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Act 2, scene 3

-isn't the meaning best expressed by changing the "by" in the second
line with "for," meaning "for clues about"?   Doesn't this quote mean
that we are fools to get our opinions merely from a superficial look-as
in don't (be so fast to) judge a book from its cover)? Otherwise, I
can't see that these lines mean anything, unless the "inward man" is
doing the scanning, in which case what could THAT mean.

Clueless in Pentapolis
David Cohen

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