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serpent
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King Lear
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  • Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth; With cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks; Turn all her mother’s pains and benefits To laughter and contempt; that she may feel How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is To have a thankless child!
  • ] Never, Regan: She hath abated me of half my train; Look’d black upon me; struck me with her tongue, Most serpent-like, upon the very heart:— All the stor’d vengeances of heaven fall On her ingrateful top!
  • —Edmund, I arrest thee On capital treason; and, in thine arrest, This gilded serpent [pointing to Goneril.

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  • a picture of a serpent eating its tail
  • the serpent in the Garden of Eden

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