I wish I could think of these conversation starters during the day when everybody’s awake and not at 11pm on a Friday night when everybody’s gone for the weekend.
Give your best example of Shakespeare using the same “bit” in multiple plays. A “bit” is any sequence lengthy enough to be more than coincidence (“Ah me” or “by my troth”, for instance, don’t count).
For instance, having heard it again in Much Ado that makes 3 different times I know Shakespeare used this joke:
“Is that your daughter?” / “Her mother told me she was.”
Taming of the Shrew. The Tempest (where Prospero says it to his own daughter), and now Much Ado. Possibly more that I just haven’t spotted.
This isn’t just “when does Shakespeare repeat a sequence,” but how often can you find where he does it? Can anybody find something that he repeats more than 3 times?