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    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers

    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.

    This is from One of the well-known lines from the St. Crispin's Day Speech of Shakespeare's Henry V.

    But I cannot make sense of it.

    Can you help me out?

    thanks

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    Re: We few, we happy few, we band of brothers

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.

    This is from One of the well-known lines from the St. Crispin's Day Speech of Shakespeare's Henry V.

    But I cannot make sense of it.

    Can you help me out?

    thanks
    We are few (there are not many of us), we are happy, we are brothers. Not brothers in the sense of family but in the sense of "brothers in arms". (You can look up "brothers in arms".)

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    Re: We few, we happy few, we band of brothers

    One thing that may have confused you is the word 'band', which can have many other meanings that would not fit. It is the first in this set of definitions.

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    Re: We few, we happy few, we band of brothers

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    But I cannot make sense of it.
    Have you watched the Kenneth Branagh version? It's on YouTube- watch it and it should become clear. He blows Laurence Olivier away IMO, and the way he voice goes on those words is a great cinematographic moment. Shakespeare's better spoken than read- it comes alive and the bits that are hard to understand on paper somehow make sense.
    Last edited by Tdol; 08-Jun-2012 at 15:55.

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    Re: We few, we happy few, we band of brothers

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Have you watched the Kenneth Branagh version? It's on YouTube- watch it and it should become clear. He blows Laurence Olivier away IMO, and the way he voice goes on those words is a great cinematographic moment. Shakespeare's better spoken than read- it comes alive and the bits that are hard to understand on paper somehow make sense.
    I agree, it's a fantastic performance.

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