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William Tell

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Definition legendary 14th century Swiss patriot (perhaps based on a real person) best remembered for being ordered to use his crossbow to shoot an apple from his son's head
  • The story of William Tell has been told many times — perhaps most famously by Friedrich Schiller.
  • I never lose a note of this opera if I can avoid it; the music of William Tell is so sweet.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • A cadet's definition of an intellectual is anyone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Before the end of the first year I read "Wilhelm Tell" with the greatest delight.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Another tale tells of William Tell, who shot an arrow through an apple while standing on his son's head.
    Richard Lederer  --  A Brief History of the World
  • William Tell was a good shot and put anarrow through an apple on his son's head.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • Old William Tell, Old Shaw, the Life Guardsman!
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • "What do you mean by the three-fold theme in "William Tell'?" says Kropp reminiscently, and roars with laughter.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Then, Wilhelm Tell.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Now and then, in the soft parts of Carmen or before the storm in William Tell-even during dramatic pauses in the speaking-Mrs. Ice Cream Rainey's voice could be heard quickly calling, "Ice cream?
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • It was very amusing but I did not like it nearly so well as "Wilhelm Tell."
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Harry wanted to play William Tell and shoot an apple off my head.
    John Berendt  --  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  • The record contained the many overtures from Rossini's operas, including the most well-known The William Tell Overture.
    Ben Carson  --  Gifted Hands
  • His thirst was drunken, insatiate: he added to his hoard entire scenes from Schiller's Wilhelm Tell, which he read by himself in German; the lyrics of Heine, and several folk songs.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • ...he drank in the combined odor of their great bodies together with the rich compost of the refrigeration, and the sharp oiliness of the dining-room linoleum; and in the horsehair walnut parlor at mid-day, good with the mellow piano-smell and the smell of stale varnished wood, she played for him, and made him sing: "William Tell," "My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice," "The Song Without Words," "Celeste Aïda," "The Lost Chord," her long throat lean and tendoned as her vibrant voice rang out.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • 4 I hear those odes, symphonies, operas, I hear in the William Tell the music of an arous'd and angry people, I hear Meyerbeer's Huguenots, the Prophet, or Robert, Gounod's Faust, or Mozart's Don Juan.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • ...the Man for Galway, The Man that Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo, The Man in the Gap, The Woman Who Didn't, Benjamin Franklin, Napoleon Bonaparte, John L. Sullivan, Cleopatra, Savourneen Deelish, Julius Caesar, Paracelsus, sir Thomas Lipton, William Tell, Michelangelo Hayes, Muhammad, the Bride of Lammermoor, Peter the Hermit, Peter the Packer, Dark Rosaleen, Patrick W. Shakespeare, Brian Confucius, Murtagh Gutenberg, Patricio Velasquez, Captain Nemo, Tristan and Isolde, the first Prince...
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Though not an implicit believer in the lurid story narrated (or the eggsniping transaction for that matter despite William Tell and the Lazarillo-Don Cesar de Bazan incident depicted in Maritana on which occasion the former's ball passed through the latter's hat) having detected a discrepancy between his name (assuming he was the person he represented himself to be and not sailing under false colours after having boxed the compass on the strict q.t. somewhere) and the fictitious...
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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