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Quotation by Shakespeare
He plays o'the viol-de-gamboys, and speaks three or four languages word for word without book, and hath all the good gifts of nature.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Sir Toby Belch, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 3, l. 25-8.
Overpraising Sir Andrew Aguecheek; the viola da gamba, or bass viol, was held between the legs, and the image has sexual overtones; "without book" means by heart.
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