Exercises to Discourse Deixis


Can you find in the following excerpts any discourse indexicals which structure the discourse? Click on the right answers.

a) Richard II, Act IV, Scene 1

Abbot:

Before I freely speak my mind herein,
You shall not only take the sacrament
To bury mine intents, but also to effect
Whatever I shall happen to devise.
I see your brows are full of discontent,
Your hearts of sorrow and your eyes of tears:
Come home with me to supper; and I'll lay
A plot shall show us all a merry day.

b) Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2

Polonius: []

I have a daughter (have while she is mine),
Who in her duty and obedience, mark,
Hath given me this. Now gather, and surmise.
[Reads] the letter.]
'To the celestial, and my soul's idol, the most beautified Ophelia,'-
That's an ill phrase, a vile phrase; 'beautified' is a vile phrase.
[Reads.]
'In her excellent white bosom, these, &c.'

c) Henry VIII, Act IV, Scene 1

Second gentleman:
He of Winchester
The virtuous Cranmer.
Third gentleman: All the land knows [that:
However, yet there is no great breach; when it comes,
Cranmer will find a friend will not shrink from him.