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09/07/2019

How do I quote multiple people in one quote with Shakespeare?

QUESTION
How do I quote multiple people in one quote with Shakespeare?
I need to quote 3 people in an essay about Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare… How would I quote all 3 people at once?

BAPTISTA
Gentlemen, that I may soon make good
What I have said, Bianca, get you in:
And let it not displease thee, good Bianca,
For I will love thee ne’er the less, my girl.

KATHARINA
A pretty peat! it is best
Put finger in the eye, an she knew why.

BIANCA
Sister, content you in my discontent.
Sir, to your pleasure humbly I subscribe:
My books and instruments shall be my company,
On them to took and practise by myself.

ANSWER
According to the MLA Handbook, you might write…

Consider this scene:

…..BAPTISTA. Gentlemen, that I may soon make good
…..What I have said, Bianca, get you in:
…..And let it not displease thee, good Bianca,
…..For I will love thee ne’er the less, my girl.

…..KATHARINA. A pretty peat! it is best
…..Put finger in the eye, an she knew why.

…..BIANCA. Sister, content you in my discontent.
…..Sir, to your pleasure humbly I subscribe:
…..My books and instruments shall be my company,
…..On them to took and practise by myself. (2.4.42-63)

Replace “Consider this scene:” with your own words. (2.4.42-63) means Act II, Scene 4, Lines 42-63. I didn’t look it up, so you’ll need to correct that. You could probably use (II, vi, 42-63) as a format, also. The quotation is indented, which Y!A doesn’t like to do, so indent and ignore my dots.