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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:08 am 
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The two weird sisters recite a monologue of sorts, something about qualities of a man, when they are swinging on a trapeze when Coraline visits their theater in alternate reality. It sounded vaguely like Shakespeare to me, but maybe it is original Tim Burton. Does anyone happen to know?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:41 am 
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What's the quote? Is it here?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0327597/quotes


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No, it is long, maybe a poem. It struck me as familiar when I saw the movie, but I have not done an extensive search.


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This is it delivered while on a trapeze:

What piece of work is a man! how noble in reason!
how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how
express and admirable! in action how like an angel!
in apprehension how like a god!
~Shakespeare, Hamlet, act II, sc 2

Also, the Beldam (Middle English: Old woman)in the movie is a reference to a poem by John Keats: La Belle Dame Sans Merci.


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Thank you so much for confirming this!


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