argument (n.)
story, subject, plot
1H4 II.iv.274[Prince Hal to Falstaff, of his suggestion for a play] the argument shall be thy running away
2H4 IV.v.198[King Henry IV to Prince Henry, of rebellion against the crown] all my reign hath been but as a scene / Acting that argument
Ham II.ii.354[Rosencrantz to Hamlet] There was .... no money bid for argument [or: sense 5]
Ham III.ii.148[Ophelia to Hamlet] Belike this show imports the argument of the play
Ham III.ii.242[Claudius, to Hamlet or Polonius] Have you heard the argument?
RJ II.iv.97[Mercutio to Benvolio and Romeo] I was come to the whole depth of my tale, and meant indeed to occupy the argument no longer
TC prologue.25[Prologue] hither am I come ... suited / In like conditions as our argument
WT IV.i.29[Time to audience] A shepherd's daughter, / And what to her adheres, which follows after, / Is th'argument of Time
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