soul (n.) Old form(s): Soule , soules
driving force, animating principle
1H4 IV.i.50[Hotspur to all, of using all their forces at once] therein should we read / The very bottom and the soul of hope
Ham II.ii.90[Polonius to Claudius and Gertrude] since brevity is the soul of wit
MND II.i.182[Oberon alone, of Titania and whatever she sees] She shall pursue it with the soul of love
Tim III.ii.65[First Stranger to Second and Third Strangers, of Lucius' behaviour] this is the world's soul
TN II.iii.56[Sir Toby to Sir Andrew and Feste] Shall we rouse the night-owl in a catch that will draw three souls out of one weaver
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