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Could you interprete this quotation for me please? One touch for nature makes the...

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archland | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 14, 2007 at 9:49 AM via web

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Could you interprete this quotation for me please?

One touch for nature makes the whole world kin said by Ulysses

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted March 14, 2007 at 10:11 AM (Answer #1)

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The full quote, from Act III Scene iii:

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin,
That all, with one consent, praise new-born gauds.
And give to dust that is a little gilt
More laud than gilt o’er dusted;
The present eye praises the present object.

Ulysses is trying to persuade Achilles to return to the battlefield. Kin means family, the basic meaning is that all of nature is one family.

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