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2009-04-03 23:50:06
2009-04-03 23:50:06

Shakespeare uses the phrase in Jaques's "All the world's a stage" speech (2.7.138-165) in As You Like It. According to, one of the definitions (now obsolete) for bubble is: "A person deceived by an empty project." Since the soldier to whom the bard is referring is said to be "Seeking the bubble reputation / Even in the canon's mouth," bubble reputation could mean fame for participating in a project one believe's to be meaningful but is, in fact, not worthwhile. Shakespeare seems to be referring to a soldier's desire for renown based on his efforts in battle, even to the extent that he would sacrifice his life, but that this effort is empty because the war he is fighting is not noble or even necessary.

Alternate View: A bubble is fragile and easily destroyed as is a mans reputation. The cannon's mouth is not that of his own cannon but the enemy's. He seeks that which is most fragile at a dangerous place, and therefore values his reputation highly, highly enough to risk his life for it. It is not wise to put 21st century values on 16th century words, and doubly unwise to put 21st Century thoughts and attitudes into 16th Century minds, the fit is poor at best.

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"seeking the bubble reputation" comes from Jaques' monologue "All the world's a stage" from As You Like It, a play by William Shakespeare, which goes like this in part: Then a soldier, full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard, jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel, seeking the bubble reputation even in the cannon's mouth. It means fame, which is notoriously transitory. Everybody may be talking about you one day, and the next it disappears like a burst bubble. The soldier is prepared to risk death for just such a reputation, and Jaques is suggesting that he's pretty stupid to do so.

You know what a bubble is: something that fills with air and grows and grows until pop! it's gone. The bubble is a metaphor for the transience of the kind of reputation the soldier seeks--it grows and grows and in an instant, it's gone. It's sort of like the fame of pop stars.

"the bubble reputation", "the cannon's mouth", "with good capon lin'd".

In Jaques's speech from Shakespeare's play As You Like It (it's not a poem, but a part of a play), he describes a soldier as "seeking the bubble reputation even in the cannon's mouth." The use of the word "bubble" is what is called a metaphor. This is when something is compared to something else that is mostly different but the same in some ways. Bubbles get big very quickly but then pop and instantly disappear. The soldier's reputation is like that--he can become famous really quickly and then, in an instant, nobody can remember who he was or why he was famous. Sports heroes and pop stars have bubble reputations too.

Reputation is a person's character and standing in the community.

Soldiers (especially back in the days when most combat was hand-to-hand) could win renown by being exceptionally brave and defeating many enemies. Shakespeare (or rather the cynical Jaques who makes this speech) is saying that this kind of reputation is like a bubble: it grows quickly to a great size but disappears with a pop. By this he might be suggesting that a soldier's reputation is like a pop star's--they may be the top band today but in a year everyone will have forgotten them. He might be suggesting that military reputation does not bring lasting fame. Alternatively, he might be saying that the soldier's reputation is as fragile as a bubble: one blast from the cannon and the hard-won reputation is gone, because the soldier is dead.

The term 'bubble' comes from Rhyming Slang. Bubble Bath = Laugh

stainless: (of reputation) free from blemishes; "his unsullied name"; "an untarnished reputation not tarnished

Talbot Mundy has written: 'King, of the Khyber Rifles' 'Queen Cleopatra' 'Om' 'The bubble reputation'

Depends on what you mean by "bubble" Caprice...

a woman of dubious reputation

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In your personal space.

Tarnished image in a society

Kind of straight forward. I suppose it means as it states to chew on your bubble gum.

Getting in trouble with Mr.Patton

The question "What part of speech is reputation?" means that someone is interested in knowing the part of speech (noun, verb, pronoun, adjective, adverb, preposition, conjunction, interjection) for the word reputation. Reputation is a noun.

It most likely refers to a boy with an immune disorder who has to live in a sterile bubble. But it could also mean someone who is isolated or insulated from the world.

it means a beautiful girl who has reputation

It does not mean u have a flat butt.But it does mean u have a big butt I have one

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear

This means that she is a woman who does not have a good reputation

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