Shakespeare quote:.....manish coward...?
I'm almost sure it's from "The Merrchant of Venice", but I can't find it. Two women dress as men and one of them says somethng like: ".....we'll have a swash and a swagger as many a mannish coward has."
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It could be from Macbeth, but I'm not sure; however, I do know that Vogue's Anna Wintour called Hillary Clinton a mannish coward.
- 1 decade ago
"Were it not better,
Because that I am more than common tall,
That I did suit me all points like a man?
A gallant curtle-axe upon my thigh,
A boar-spear in my hand; and - in my heart
Lie there what hidden woman’s fear there will -
We’ll have a swashing and a martial outside,
As many other mannish cowards have
That do outface it with their semblances"
It's Rosalind speaking to Celia, from 'As You Like It', Act 2, Scene 2. Off-hand, I can't tell you what lines it is, but the exchange was drilled into me years ago at highschool.