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Shakespeare's quote he hath eaten you out of house and home?

Victoria Fowler

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Victoria Fowler on March 19, 2020

This is an error of appointment. The words "you" and "me" are not interchangeable, as you can clearly see in the phrase "I would like to see my wages paid to you." as opposed to "I would like to see my wages paid to me." The correct quotation appears in Henry IV, Part 2 , Act 2, Scene 1. The hostess Quickly comments "He hath eaten me out of house and home, he hath put all my substance into that fat belly of his: but I have something of him again, or I will ride thee-nights like the mare." He was referring, of course, to Falstaff.


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