She was a vixen when she went to school. And though she be but little, she is fierce.
Illustration by Arthur Rackham courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Illustration by Arthur Rackham courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Phebe, As You Like It
Hermia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Desdemona, Othello
Viola, Twelfth Night

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I, that am curtail’d of this fair proportion, cheated of feature by dissembling Nature, deform’d, unfinish’d, sent before my time.
Illustration by E. Goodwyn Lewis courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Illustration by E. Goodwyn Lewis courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Grumio, The Taming of the Shrew
Thersites, Troilus and Cressida
Richard, King Richard III
Caliban, The Tempest

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I was born to speak all mirth and no matter.
Illustration by John Massey Wright courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing
Rosaline, Love’s Labour’s Lost
Adriana, A Comedy of Errors
Emilia, The Two Noble Kinsmen

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A freckled whelp, hag-born – not honour’d with a human shape.
Illustration by Johann Heinrich Ramberg courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Illustration by Johann Heinrich Ramberg courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Titus, Titus Andronicus
Richard, King Richard III
Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Caliban, The Tempest

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O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright. It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night, as a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear.
Illustration by Alexandre Bida courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Illustration by Alexandre Bida courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra
Juliet, Romeo and Juliet
Helena, All’s Well That Ends Well
Rosalind, As You Like It

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