The Taming of the Shrew


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Enter Christopher Sly and the Hostess
induction (n.) opening scene [of a play], initial step, preparation
pheeze, feeze (v.) do for, settle the hash of, fix



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I'll pheeze you, in faith.



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A pair of stocks, you rogue!



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Y'are a baggage, the Slys are no rogues. Look in the
baggage (n.) good-for-nothing woman, harlot

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Chronicles, we came in with Richard Conqueror. Therefore

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paucas pallabris, let the world slide. Sessa!
sessa, sesey, sese (int.) [cry of encouragement used in hunting, fencing] be off, off you go



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You will not pay for the glasses you have burst?
burst (v.) 1 break, smash



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No, not a denier. Go by, Saint Jeronimy, go to thy
denier (n.) tenth of a penny [trivial sum, paltry amount]

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cold bed and warm thee.

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He lies on the ground
thirdborough parish officer, town constable



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I know my remedy, I must go fetch the

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Third, or fourth, or fifth borough, I'll answer him by

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law. I'll not budge an inch, boy. Let him come, and
boy (n.) 2 servant, slave, menial
law, by in court, with legal proceedings

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kindly, and by all means, in any case

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He falls asleep

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Wind horns. Enter a Lord from hunting, with his train



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Huntsman, I charge thee, tender well my hounds.
tender (v.) 5 look after, take care of
train (n.) 1 retinue, following, entourage
wind (v.) 2 sound, blow

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Breathe Merriman, the poor cur is embossed,
breathe (v.) 3 allow to breathe, rest
embossed (adj.) 1 driven to such extremes, made mad with exhaustion

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And couple Clowder with the deep-mouthed brach.
brach (n.) hound [which hunts by scent], bitch
couple (v.) 2 leash together

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Saw'st thou not, boy, how Silver made it good
make good 2 perform well, succeed in carrying out

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At the hedge corner, in the coldest fault?
fault (n.) 5 [hunting] break in a line of scent, loss of scent

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I would not lose the dog for twenty pound.



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Why, Belman is as good as he, my lord.

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He cried upon it at the merest loss,
cry (v.) 2 give tongue, cry out

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And twice today picked out the dullest scent.
dull (adj.) 4 dim, not sharp, lacking keenness

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Trust me, I take him for the better dog.



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Thou art a fool. If Echo were as fleet,
fleet (adj.) swift, nimble, active

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I would esteem him worth a dozen such.

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But sup them well, and look unto them all.
look unto (v.) attend to, take care of
sup (v.) 3 give the last daily feed to

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Tomorrow I intend to hunt again.



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I will, my lord.



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What's here? One dead, or drunk? See, doth he breathe?



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He breathes, my lord. Were he not warmed with ale,

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This were a bed but cold to sleep so soundly.



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O monstrous beast, how like a swine he lies!

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Grim death, how foul and loathsome is thine image!
image (n.) 1 embodiment, instance, form

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Sirs, I will practise on this drunken man.
practise on / upon (v.) 2 work upon, act craftily with, make to operate

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What think you, if he were conveyed to bed,

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Wrapped in sweet clothes, rings put upon his fingers,

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A most delicious banquet by his bed,
banquet, banket (n.) 1 refreshments, light meal, dessert

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And brave attendants near him when he wakes,
brave (adj.) 1 fine, excellent, splendid, impressive

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Would not the beggar then forget himself?
forget (v.) 3 lose one's sense of identity



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Believe me, lord, I think he cannot choose.
choose, cannot have no alternative, cannot do otherwise



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It would seem strange unto him when he waked.
strange (adj.) 1 remarkable, startling, abnormal, unnatural



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Even as a flattering dream or worthless fancy.
fancy (n.) 5 imagining, flight of fancy, fanciful thought

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Then take him up, and manage well the jest.

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Carry him gently to my fairest chamber,

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And hang it round with all my wanton pictures.
wanton (adj.) 4 gay, lively, cheerful

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Balm his foul head in warm distilled waters,
balm (v.) 1 soothe, relieve, heal
distilled (adj.) fragrant, scented, aromatic

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And burn sweet wood to make the lodging sweet.
sweet (adj.) 1 perfumed, scented, fragrant

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Procure me music ready when he wakes,

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To make a dulcet and a heavenly sound.
dulcet (adj.) sweet, mild, pleasant, agreeable

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And if he chance to speak, be ready straight
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once

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And with a low submissive reverence
reverence (n.) 3 bow, obeisance, salutation

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Say ‘What is it your honour will command?'

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Let one attend him with a silver basin
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]

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Full of rose-water and bestrewed with flowers,
bestrew (v.) 1 strew, scatter, sprinkle

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Another bear the ewer, the third a diaper,
diaper (n.) towel, napkin, cloth
ewer (n.) pitcher containing water for washing hands

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And say ‘ Will't please your lordship cool your hands?’

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Some one be ready with a costly suit,

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And ask him what apparel he will wear.
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress

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Another tell him of his hounds and horse,

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And that his lady mourns at his disease.
disease (n.) 3 mental illness, disturbance of mind

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Persuade him that he hath been lunatic,
lunatic (adj.) hallucinating, suffering from delusions

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And when he says he is Sly, say that he dreams,

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For he is nothing but a mighty lord.

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This do, and do it kindly, gentle sirs.
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind
kindly (adv.) 4 naturally, spontaneously, convincingly

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It will be pastime passing excellent,
passing (adv.) very, exceedingly, extremely

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If it be husbanded with modesty.
husband (v.) 1 manage, handle, look after
modesty (n.) 1 moderation, restraint, discipline



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My lord, I warrant you we will play our part
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm

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As he shall think by our true diligence
true (adj.) 1 loyal, firm, faithful in allegiance

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He is no less than what we say he is.



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Take him up gently and to bed with him,

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And each one to his office when he wakes.
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility

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Sly is carried away

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A trumpet sounds

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Sirrah, go see what trumpet 'tis that sounds –

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Exit Servingman

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Belike some noble gentleman that means,
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems

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Travelling some journey, to repose him here.

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Enter Servingman

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How now? Who is it?



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                         An't please your honour, players

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That offer service to your lordship.



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Bid them come near.

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Enter Players

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                         Now, fellows, you are welcome.



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We thank your honour.



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Do you intend to stay with me tonight?



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So please your lordship to accept our duty.
duty (n.) 2 reverence, due respect, proper attitude



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With all my heart. This fellow I remember

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Since once he played a farmer's eldest son.

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'Twas where you wooed the gentlewoman so well.

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I have forgot your name; but, sure, that part

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Was aptly fitted and naturally performed.



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I think 'twas Soto that your honour means.



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'Tis very true, thou didst it excellent.

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Well, you are come to me in happy time,
happy (adj.) 2 opportune, appropriate, propitious, favourable

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The rather for I have some sport in hand

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Wherein your cunning can assist me much.
cunning (n.) 1 skill, ability, expertise
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment

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There is a lord will hear you play tonight;

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But I am doubtful of your modesties,
doubtful (adj.) 1 fearful, worried, apprehensive
modesty (n.) 1 moderation, restraint, discipline

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Lest over-eyeing of his odd behaviour –
over-eye (v.) watch, observe; or: look too much at

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For yet his honour never heard a play –

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You break into some merry passion
merry (adj.) 2 hilarious, uproarious, hysterical
passion (n.) 5 passionate outburst, emotional passage

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And so offend him, for I tell you, sirs,

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If you should smile, he grows impatient.
impatient (adj.) 1 angry, irate, incensed



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Fear not, my lord, we can contain ourselves,
contain (v.) 2 restrain, keep under control

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Were he the veriest antic in the world.
antic, antick(e), antique (n.) 1 grotesque figure, grinning jester, buffoon
very (adj.) 1 [intensifying] thorough-going, absolute



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Go, sirrah, take them to the buttery,
buttery (n.) store-room [for provisions], liquor-store

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And give them friendly welcome every one.

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Let them want nothing that my house affords.
afford (v.) 1 have to offer, be capable of supplying
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without

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Exit one with the Players

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Sirrah, go you to Barthol'mew my page,

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And see him dressed in all suits like a lady.
suits, in all in all respects

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That done, conduct him to the drunkard's chamber,

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And call him ‘ madam,’ do him obeisance.
obeisance (n.) bow, curtsy, respectful salutation

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Tell him from me – as he will win my love –

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He bear himself with honourable action,
action (n.) 8 movement, demeanour, gesture

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Such as he hath observed in noble ladies

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Unto their lords, by them accomplished.
accomplish (v.) 3 perform, do, carry out

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Such duty to the drunkard let him do,
duty (n.) 2 reverence, due respect, proper attitude

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With soft low tongue and lowly courtesy,
courtesy, cur'sy, curtsy (n.) 2 curtsy, bow, gesture of respect
low (adj.) 3 gentle, mild, not shrill
lowly (adj.) 1 humble, modest, submissive

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And say ‘ What is't your honour will command,

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Wherein your lady and your humble wife

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May show her duty and make known her love?’

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And then with kind embracements, tempting kisses,
embracement (n.) embrace, clasping, hug

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And with declining head into his bosom,
declining (adj.) 1 hanging, bowing, drooping

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Bid him shed tears, as being overjoyed

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To see her noble lord restored to health,

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Who for this seven years hath esteemed him
esteem (v.) regard, think, consider

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No better than a poor and loathsome beggar.

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And if the boy have not a woman's gift

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To rain a shower of commanded tears,
commanded (adj.) forced, feigned, contrived

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An onion will do well for such a shift,
shift (n.) 3 stratagem, contriving, trick

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Which in a napkin being close conveyed,
close (adv.) 6 safely, secretly, out of sight

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Shall in despite enforce a watery eye.
despite, in 2 no matter what else happens

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See this dispatched with all the haste thou canst,
dispatch, despatch (v.) 1 deal with promptly, settle, get [something] done quickly

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Anon I'll give thee more instructions.
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently

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Exit a Servingman

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I know the boy will well usurp the grace,
grace (n.) 4 gracefulness, charm, elegance
usurp (v.) 2 assume, take on, adopt

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Voice, gait, and action of a gentlewoman.
action (n.) 8 movement, demeanour, gesture
gait (n.) 1 manner of walking, bearing, movement
gentlewoman (n.) woman of good breeding, well-born lady

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I long to hear him call the drunkard husband,

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And how my men will stay themselves from laughter
stay (v.) 8 stop, prevent, end

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When they do homage to this simple peasant.
simple (adj.) 1 common, ordinary, average, humble

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I'll in to counsel them. Haply my presence

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May well abate the over-merry spleen,
abate (v.) 1 lessen, lower, diminish
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck
spleen (n.) 1 temper, spirit, passion [part of the body seen as the source of both gloomy and mirthful emotions]

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Which otherwise would grow into extremes.

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Enter aloft Sly, with attendants; some with apparel,

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basin and ewer, and other appurtenances; and Lord



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For God's sake, a pot of small ale.
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress
beer / ale, small 1 weak beer, beer of poor quality



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Will't please your lordship drink a cup of sack?
sack (n.) [type of] white wine



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Will't please your honour taste of these conserves?
conserve (n.) 2 (plural) confections, sweetmeats, candied fruits



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What raiment will your honour wear today?
raiment (n.) clothing, clothes, dress



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I am Christophero Sly, call not me ‘ honour ’ nor ‘ lordship.’

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I ne'er drank sack in my life. And if you give me

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any conserves, give me conserves of beef. Ne'er ask me
conserve (n.) (plural) preserve, store

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what raiment I'll wear, for I have no more doublets than

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backs, no more stockings than legs, nor no more shoes

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than feet – nay, sometimes more feet than shoes, or such

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shoes as my toes look through the overleather.
overleather (n.) leather in the upper part of a shoe



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Heaven cease this idle humour in your honour!
humour (n.) 2 fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
idle (adj.) 2 mad, crazy, lunatic

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O, that a mighty man of such descent,

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Of such possessions, and so high esteem,

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Should be infused with so foul a spirit!
foul (adj.) 2 false, hypocritical, shameful
infuse (v.) 1 fill, imbue, pervade
spirit (n.) 1 disposition, temperament, frame of mind



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What, would you make me mad? Am not I Christopher

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Sly, old Sly's son of Burton-heath, by birth a pedlar,

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by education a cardmaker, by transmutation a
cardmaker (n.) instrument for combing wool

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bear-herd, and now by present profession a tinker? Ask
bearherd, bear-herd, bearard, bearward, berrord (n.) bear-keeper, bear-handler [for dancing or baiting]
transmutation (n.) change of condition

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Marian Hacket, the fat ale-wife of Wincot, if she know
ale-wife (n.) ale-house keeper, barmaid

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me not. If she say I am not fourteen pence on the score
score (n.) 1 reckoning, account, debt

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for sheer ale, score me up for the lyingest knave in
knave (n.) 3 boy, lad, fellow
score (v.) 1 mark up, chalk up, add to the tally
sheer (adj.) 2 taken alone, unaccompanied by food

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A Servingman brings him a pot of ale
bestraught (adj.) bereft of wits, mad, out of one's mind

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What! I am not bestraught. Here's –

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He drinks



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O, this it is that makes your lady mourn.



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O, this is it that makes your servants droop.



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Hence comes it that your kindred shuns your house,

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As beaten hence by your strange lunacy.
beat (v.) 3 drive, force, impel

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O noble lord, bethink thee of thy birth,
bethink (v.), past form bethought 1 call to mind, think about, consider, reflect

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Call home thy ancient thoughts from banishment,
ancient, aunchient (adj.) 2 former, earlier, past

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And banish hence these abject lowly dreams.

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Look how thy servants do attend on thee,
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]

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Each in his office ready at thy beck.
beck (n.) 1 beckoning, command, call
office (n.) 2 role, position, place, function

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Wilt thou have music? Hark, Apollo plays,

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And twenty caged nightingales do sing.

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Or wilt thou sleep? We'll have thee to a couch

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Softer and sweeter than the lustful bed
lustful (adj.) lust-arousing

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On purpose trimmed up for Semiramis.
trim up, trim (v.) 1 decorate, array, deck out

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Say thou wilt walk; we will bestrew the ground.
bestrew (v.) 1 strew, scatter, sprinkle

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Or wilt thou ride? Thy horses shall be trapped,
trapped (adj.) adorn with trappings, deck out

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Their harness studded all with gold and pearl.
stud (v.) adorn with studs, emboss

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Dost thou love hawking? Thou hast hawks will soar

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Above the morning lark. Or wilt thou hunt?

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Thy hounds shall make the welkin answer them
welkin (n.) sky, firmament, heavens

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And fetch shrill echoes from the hollow earth.



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Say thou wilt course, thy greyhounds are as swift
course (v.) 2 hunt hares [or other game] with hounds by sight

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As breathed stags, ay, fleeter than the roe.
breathed (adj.) strong-winded, well-exercised
fleet (adj.) swift, nimble, active



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Dost thou love pictures? We will fetch thee straight
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once

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Adonis painted by a running brook,

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And Cytherea all in sedges hid,
sedge (n.) variety of grassy plant, rush

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Which seem to move and wanton with her breath
wanton (v.) play, sport, frolic

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Even as the waving sedges play wi'th' wind.



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We'll show thee Io as she was a maid,

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And how she was beguiled and surprised,
beguile (v.) 1 cheat, deceive, trick

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As lively painted as the deed was done.



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Or Daphne roaming through a thorny wood,

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Scratching her legs that one shall swear she bleeds,

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And at that sight shall sad Apollo weep,
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn

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So workmanly the blood and tears are drawn.
workmanly (adv.) skilfully, with great artistry



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Thou art a lord, and nothing but a lord.

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Thou hast a lady far more beautiful

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Than any woman in this waning age.



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And till the tears that she hath shed for thee

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Like envious floods o'errun her lovely face,
envious (adj.) malicious, spiteful, vindictive, full of enmity
overrun (v.) 2 flow over, stream down

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She was the fairest creature in the world –

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And yet she is inferior to none.



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Am I a lord and have I such a lady?

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Or do I dream? Or have I dreamed till now?

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I do not sleep. I see, I hear, I speak.

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I smell sweet savours and I feel soft things.
savour (n.) 1 scent, fragrance, smell

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Upon my life, I am a lord indeed,

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And not a tinker nor Christophero Sly.

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Well, bring our lady hither to our sight,

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And once again a pot o'th' smallest ale.
beer / ale, small 1 weak beer, beer of poor quality



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Will't please your mightiness to wash your hands?

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O, how we joy to see your wit restored!
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability

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O, that once more you knew but what you are!

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These fifteen years you have been in a dream,

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Or when you waked, so waked as if you slept.



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These fifteen years! By my fay, a goodly nap.
goodly (adj.) 1 splendid, excellent, fine

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But did I never speak of all that time?



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O, yes, my lord, but very idle words,
idle (adj.) 2 mad, crazy, lunatic

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For though you lay here in this goodly chamber,
goodly (adj.) 1 splendid, excellent, fine

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Yet would you say ye were beaten out of door,
beat (v.) 3 drive, force, impel

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And rail upon the hostess of the house,
rail (v.) rant, rave, be abusive [about]

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And say you would present her at the leet,
leet (n.) local court of justice, manorial court
present (v.) 2 put forward [for immediate action]

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Because she brought stone jugs and no sealed quarts.
sealed (adj.) certified, authenticated [through a wax seal]

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Sometimes you would call out for Cicely Hacket.



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Ay, the woman's maid of the house.
house (n.) 1 inn, tavern



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Why, sir, you know no house, nor no such maid,

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Nor no such men as you have reckoned up,
reckon up (v.) list, enumerate

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As Stephen Sly, and did John Naps of Greece,

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And Peter Turph, and Henry Pimpernell,

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And twenty more such names and men as these,

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Which never were nor no man ever saw.



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Now Lord be thanked for my good amends.
amends (n.) recovery, cure, improvement in health



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Enter Page as a lady, with attendants. One gives Sly

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a pot of ale



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I thank thee, thou shalt not lose by it.



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How fares my noble lord?
fare (v.) 1 get on, manage, do, cope



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Marry, I fare well, for here is cheer enough.
cheer (n.) 1 entertainment, fare, food and drink

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He drinks

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Where is my wife?



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Here, noble lord, what is thy will with her?



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Are you my wife, and will not call me husband?

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My men should call me ‘ lord,’ I am your goodman.



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My husband and my lord, my lord and husband,

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I am your wife in all obedience.



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I know it well. What must I call her?



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Al'ce madam, or Joan madam?



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Madam and nothing else, so lords call ladies.



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Madam wife, they say that I have dreamed

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And slept above some fifteen year or more.



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Ay, and the time seems thirty unto me,

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Being all this time abandoned from your bed.
abandon (v.) banish, exile, keep away



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'Tis much. Servants, leave me and her alone.

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Exeunt Lord and Servingmen

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Madam, undress you and come now to bed.



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Thrice-noble lord, let me entreat of you

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To pardon me yet for a night or two,

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Or, if not so, until the sun be set.

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For your physicians have expressly charged,

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In peril to incur your former malady,

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That I should yet absent me from your bed.

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I hope this reason stands for my excuse.
excuse (n.) pardon, dispensation, exoneration
stand for (v.) 5 be acceptable as, be valid as



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Ay, it stands so that I may hardly tarry so long. But I
tarry (v.) 1 stay, remain, linger

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would be loath to fall into my dreams again. I will therefore

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tarry in despite of the flesh and the blood.

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Enter the Lord as a Messenger
amendment (n.) recovery, recuperation, improvement



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Your honour's players, hearing your amendment,

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Are come to play a pleasant comedy;
pleasant (adj.) 2 merry, festive, jolly

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For so your doctors hold it very meet,
meet (adj.) 1 fit, suitable, right, proper

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Seeing too much sadness hath congealed your blood,

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And melancholy is the nurse of frenzy.
frenzy (n.) distraction, agitation, delirium
nurse (n.) nourisher, feeder

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Therefore they thought it good you hear a play

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And frame your mind to mirth and merriment,

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Which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.
bar (v.) 1 prevent, obstruct, block



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Marry, I will. Let them play it. Is not a comonty a
comonty, commonty (n.) malapropism for ‘comedy’

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Christmas gambold or a tumbling-trick?
gambold (n.) frolic, entertainment, pastime
tumbling-trick (n.) acrobatic feat



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No, my good lord, it is more pleasing stuff.
stuff (n.) 1 substance, composition, quality, essence



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What, household stuff?



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It is a kind of history.
history (n.) 1 story, tale, narrative



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Well, well see 't. Come, madam wife, sit by my side

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and let the world slip, we shall ne'er be younger.

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They sit

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A flourish of trumpets to announce the play

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