Introducing Shakespeare: A Graphic Guide - Nick Groom, Piero 2013
In 1800, George Hardinge said, “Every thing, Sir, now-a-days has to do with Shakespeare: the difficulty is, to find out what has not to do with him”. Shakespeare was already everywhere, from stage to university and intimate drawing room. In Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park (1814), Crawford reads from Shakespeare before he and Edmund snobbishly discuss the poet.
SHAKESPEARE ONE GETS ACQUAINTED WITH WITHOUT KNOWING HOW. IT IS PART OF AN ENGLISHMAN’S CONSTITUTION. HIS CELEBRATED PASSAGES ARE QUOTED BY EVERY BODY … WE ALL TALK SHAKESPEARE.
Evidently, lines and passages from Shakespeare were being taken out of context.