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    shape somebody's ends

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following excerpt from the Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”?

    And praised be rashness for it, - let us know,
    Our indiscretion sometimes serves us well,
    When our deep plots do fail: and that should teach us
    There’s the divinity that shapes our ends,
    Rough-hew them how we will.

    shape somebody’s ends = predetermine someone's fate

    Thank you for your efforts.



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