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[Iras as if to Isis, of Alexas] it is a deadly sorrow to behold a foul knave uncuckolded
[Caesar to Lepidus, of Antony] Let's grant it is not / Amiss ... [to] stand the buffet / With knaves that smells of sweat
[Cleopatra to Messenger, of Antony] O, that his fault should make a knave of thee
[Countess to Steward, of the Clown] What does this knave here?
[Countess to Clown, of his acquiring friends through a wife] Such friends are thine enemies, knave
[Clown to Countess] knaves come to do that for me which I am aweary of
[Countess to Clown] Wilt thou ever be a foul-mouthed and calumnious knave?
[Countess to Clown] You'll be gone, sir knave, and do as I command you!
[Clown to Countess] as a scolding quean to a wrangling knave
[Lafew to Parolles] You are not worth another word, else I'd call you knave
[Parolles to Clown] Away! Th'art a knave
[Mariana to Widow, of Parolles] I know that knave, hang him!
[Diana to Helena, of Parolles and Bertram] Yond's that same knave / That leads him to these places
[Second Lord to Bertram, of Parolles] Has sat i'th'stocks all night, poor gallant knave
[Lafew to Clown] They are not herbs, you knave, they are nose-herbs
[Lafew to Clown] Whether dost thou profess thyself, a knave or a fool?
[Lafew to Countess, of the Clown] A shrewd knave and an unhappy
[Clown to Lafew, of Parolles] he looks like a poor, decayed, ingenious, foolish, rascally knave
[Lafew to Parolles] Out upon thee, knave!
[Lafew to Parolles] Though you are a fool and a knave you shall eat
[King to Parolles, responding to his equivocation ‘He loved her, sir, and loved her not’] As thou art a knave and no knave
[Touchstone to Rosalind and Celia] swear by your beards that I am a knave
[Rosalind as Ganymede to Celia as Aliena, of Orlando] I will speak to him like a saucy lackey, and under that habit play the knave with him
[Sir Oliver alone] ne'er a fantastical knave of them all shall flout me out of my calling
[Antipholus of Syracuse to Dromio of Ephesus] Come on, sir knave, have done your foolishness
[Adriana to Antipholus of Ephesus] Your wife, sir knave? Go get you from the door
[Dromio of Syracuse to Dromio of Ephesus] I'll break your knave's pate
[Menenius to Brutus and Sicinius, of the people they represent] All the peace you make in their cause is calling both the parties knaves
[Coriolanus to all] The smiles of knaves / Tent in my cheeks
[Coriolanus to all] an ostler, that for th'poorest piece / Will bear the knave by th'volume [i.e. for a small tip will put up with being called a rogue any number of times]
[Queen alone, of Pisanio] A sly and constant knave
[Hamlet to Horatio] There's never a villain dwelling in all Denmark-- / But he's an arrant knave
[Gadshill to Chamberlain] Farewell, you muddy knave
[Hostess to Falstaff, of his calling her a ‘thing’] thou art a knave to call me so
[Hostess to Falstaff, of his calling her a ‘beast’] Say, what beast, thou knave, thou?
[Falstaff to Page, of the tailor] A rascally yea-forsooth knave
[Hostess to Fang and Snare, of Falstaff's behaviour] There is no honesty in such dealing, unless a woman should be made an ass, and a beast, to bear every knave's wrong
[Hostess to Fang and Snare] that arrant malmsey-nose knave Bardolph
[Shallow to Davy, of Falstaff's men] they are arrant knaves, and will backbite
[Shallow to Davy] that Visor is an arrant knave, on my knowledge
[Davy to Shallow] if I cannot once or twice in a quarter bear out a knave against an honest man, I have little credit with your worship
[Shallow to Bardolph, of Davy] The knave will stick by thee
[Hostess to First Beadle] thou arrant knave!
[Macmillan to all, of his nation] Ish a villain, and a bastard, and a knave, and a rascal
[Fluellen to King Henry, of Williams] what an arrant, rascally, beggarly, lousy knave it is
[Fluellen to Gower] the rascally, scauld, beggarly, lousy, pragging knave, Pistol
[Fluellen to Pistol] You scurvy, lousy knave, God pless you!
[Fluellen to Pistol, of the leek] Will you be so good, scauld knave, as eat it?
[Gower to Pistol] Go, go, you are a counterfeit cowardly knave
[Hume alone] They say ‘A crafty knave does need no broker’
[Suffolk to Second Petitioner] How now, sir knave!
[Gloucester to all, of Simpcox] A subtle knave!
[Gloucester to Simpcox] sit there, the lyingest knave in Christendom
[Horner to all, of Peter] I am come hither ... to prove him a knave and myself an honest man
[York to all, of Horner] Dispatch; this knave's tongue begins to double
[King Henry to all] At what ease / Might corrupt minds procure knaves as corrupt / To swear against you?
[Lord Chamberlain] Where are these porters, / These lazy knaves?
[Flavius to Cobbler] What trade, thou knave? Thou naughty knave, what trade?
[Lady Faulconbridge to Bastard] What means this scorn, thou most untoward knave?
[Edmund alone] we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and stars, as if we were villains on necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves, thieves
[Lear to Oswald, of what he has said] ‘My lady's father’, my lord's knave!
[Gonerill to Fool] You, sir, more knave than fool, after your master!
[disguised Kent, to and of Oswald] A knave, a rascal, an eater of broken meats
[Cornwall to disguised Kent] You beastly knave, know you no reverence?
[Kent to Cornwall, of Oswald] No contraries hold more antipathy / Than I and such a knave
[Cornwall to all, of disguised Kent] These kind of knaves I know, which in this plainness / Harbour more craft
[Cornwall to Kent] You stubborn ancient knave
[Fool to disguised Kent, of a fool's counsel] I would ha' none but knaves use it
[Dogberry to Second Watchman] thank God you are rid of a knave
[Verges to Leonato] our watch tonight ... ha' ta'en a couple of as arrant knaves as any in Messina
[Dogberry to Conrade and Borachio] you are little better than false knaves
[Dogberry to Conrade and Borachio] I say to you, it is thought you are false knaves
[Dogberry to Don Pedro, of Conrade and Borachio] they are lying knaves
[Dogberry to Leonato] I leave an arrant knave with your worship
[Pompey to Escalus] If your worship will take order for the drabs and the knaves, you need not to fear the bawds
[Lucio to disguised Duke] Show your knave's visage, with a pox to you
[Duke to Lucio] Thou art the first knave that e'er mad'st a duke
[Launcelot to Jessica] If a Christian did not play the knave and get thee, I am much deceived
[Slender to all] If I be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have the fear of God, and not with drunken knaves
[Caius to Mistress Quickly] Vere is dat knave Rugby? [or: sense 2]
[Ford to Page, of Pistol] You heard what this knave told me, did you not?
[Falstaff to Ford as Brook, of Ford] the jealous rascally knave
[Falstaff to Ford as Brook, of Ford] Hang him, poor cuckoldy knave!
[Falstaff to Ford as Brook, of Ford] Ford's a knave, and I will aggravate his style
[Evans alone, of Caius] I will knog his urinals about his knave's costard when I have good opportunities
[Evans to Page, of Caius] he is a knave besides, a cowardly knave as you would desires to be acquainted withal
[Evans to Caius] I will knog your urinals about your knave's cogscombs for missing your meetings and appointments
[Ford to all, of Falstaff] Maybe the knave bragged of that he could not compass
[Evans to Caius] remembrance tomorrow on the lousy knave, mine host
[Falstaff to Ford as Brook, of the servants] They took me on their shoulders, met the jealous knave their master in the door
[Falstaff to Mistress Quickly] the knave constable had set me i'th' stocks [or: adjective use]
[Falstaff to Ford as Brook] That same knave Ford ... hath the finest mad devil of jealousy in him
[Ford to Falstaff] Falstaff's a knave, a cuckoldy knave
[Iago to Roderigo, of Cassio] a knave very voluble
[Iago to Roderigo, of Cassio] a devilish knave! Besides, the knave is handsome
[Iago to Roderigo, of Cassio] A pestilent complete knave
[Cassio to Roderigo] A knave teach me my duty? I'll beat the knave into a twiggen bottle
[Othello to Iago] a false disloyal knave
[Iago to Othello, of certain men] as knaves be such abroad
[Emilia to Desdemona and Iago] The Moor's abused by some most villainous knave
[Second Fisherman to Pericles] What a drunken knave was the sea to cast thee in our way!
[Nurse to Romeo, of Mercutio] Scurvy knave!
[Nurse to Peter] thou must stand by too, and suffer every knave to use me at his pleasure!
[First Musician to Second Musician, of Peter] What a pestilent knave is this same!
[Thersites alone] Diomed's a false-hearted rogue, a most unjust knave
[Thersites to Hector] I am a rascal, a scurvy railing knave, a very filthy rogue
[Antonio aside to Sebastian, of the subjects in Gonzalo's kingdom] all idle: whores and knaves
[Prospero to all, of Caliban] This misshapen knave
[Launce alone] I have the wit to think my master is a kind of a knave; but that's all one if he be but one knave
[Apemantus to Timon, of the Athenians] When ... these knaves [are] honest
[Apemantus to himself, of the Athenians] That there should be small love amongst these sweet knaves, / And all this courtesy!
[Apemantus to Second Lord, of dining at Timon's] to see meat fill knaves and wine heat fools
[Apemantus to Varro's Servant] we may account thee a whoremaster and a knave
[Flavius to Servants] you serve knaves
[Timon to Flavius] let in the tide / Of knaves once more
[Apemantus to Timon] Thou gavest thine ears, like tapsters that bade welcome, / To knaves and all approachers
[Timon to and of Apemantus] What, a knave too?
[Timon to Apemantus] If thou hadst not been born the worst of men, / Thou hadst been a knave and flatterer
[Timon to Flavius] All I kept were knaves, to serve in meat to villains [or: sense 2]
[Timon to Poet and Painter] There's never a one of you but trusts a knave / That mightily deceives you
[Sir Andrew to Feste and Sir Toby] Let our catch be ‘Thou knave’
[Feste to Sir Andrew] I shall be constrained in't to call thee knave, knight
[Sir Toby to and of Sir Andrew] An asshead, and a coxcomb, and a knave--a thin-faced knave, a gull!
[Feste singing] 'Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their gate
[Petruchio to Grumio] rap me well, or I'll knock your knave's pate
[Grumio to Hortensio, of Katherina and Petruchio] She may perhaps call him half a score knaves or so
[Hortensio as Licio to Lucentio as Cambio] The bass is right, 'tis the base knave that jars
[Petruchio to Katherina, of the Servant] A whoreson, beetle-headed, flap-eared knave!
[Tranio as Lucentio to an Officer, of Vincentio] Carry this mad knave to the gaol
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