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ACT IV.

SCENE III.

Line 196. Ay, she quickly pooped him ;] The following passage in The Devil's Charter, a tragedy, 1607, will sufficiently explain this singular term:

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-foul Amazonian trulls,

"Whose lanterns are still lighted in their

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poops." MALONE.

-that she may not be raw in her entertainment.] MALONE. -that cowers the hams?] Cowers, i. e.

Line 230. Unripe, unskilful. Line 286.

bends.

Line 289. he offered to cut a caper at the proclamation; but he made a groan at it, and swore he would see her to-morrow.] If there were no other proof of Shakspeare's hand in this piece, this admirable stroke of humour would furnish decisive evidence of it. MALONE.

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Line 297. we should lodge them with this sign.] If a traveller from every part of the globe were to assemble in Mitylene, they would all resort to this house, while we had such a sign to it as this virgin. MALONE.

Line 310. -for your bride goes to that with shame, which is her way to go with warrant.] You say true; for even a bride, who has the sanction of the law to warrant her proceeding, will not surrender her person without some constraint. Which is her way to go with warrant, means only-to which she is

entitled to go. MALONE.

ACT IV. SCENE IV.

Line 355. Unless you play the impious innocent,] She calls him an impious simpleton, because such a discovery would touch the life of one of his own family, his wife. An innocent was formerly a common appellation for an ideot. MALONE.

Line 376.

a malkin,

Not worth the time of day.] A malkin, i. e. a coarse

wench.

Line 380. It greets me, as an enterprize of kindness,

Perform'd to your sole daughter.] me, may mean, it pleases me; c'est à mon gré. Line 394. Doth swear to the gods, that winter kills the flies ;] You resemble one who is angry with heaven, because it does not control the common course of nature. Marina, like the flies in winter, was fated to perish; yet you lament and wonder at her death, as an extraordinary occurrence. MALONE. Line 398. Sail seas in cockles,] We are told by Reginald Scott, in his Discovery of Witchcraft, 1584, that "it was believed that witches could sail in an egg shell, a cockle, or muscle shell, through and under tempestuous seas."-This popular idea was probably in our author's thoughts. MALONE.

Line 429. who first is gone.] Who has left Tharsus before her father's arrival there. MALONE. ~(and swears she'll never stint,)] She'll never MALONE.

Line 454.

cease.

Perhaps it greets
MALONE.

ACT IV.

SCENE VI.

Line 493. How now? How a dozen of virginities?] For what price may a dozen of virginities be had? So, in King Henry IV. Part II:

MALONE.

"How a score of ewes now ?" Line 533. without any more virginal fencing,] This uncommon adjective occurs again in Coriolanus :

"the virginal palms of your daughters-." MALONE. Line 539. My lord, she's not paced yet ;] She has not yet learned her paces. MALONE.

Line 651.

-to every coystrel

That hither comes enquiring for his tib ;] To every mean or drunken fellow that comes to enquire for a girl. Coysterel is properly a wine-vessel. Tib is, I think, a contraction of Tabitha. It was formerly a cant name for a strumpet.

MALONE.

ACT V.

Line 6. Deep clerks she dumbs ;] Theseus confounds those who address him, by his superior dignity; Marina silences the learned persons with whom she converses, by her literary superiority. MALONE.

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—and with her neeld composes-] Neeld for needle.

MALONE.

Line 141.

11. Her inkle, silk, twin with the rubied cherry:] Inkle is a species of tape. MALONE.

ACT V. SCENE I.

-and aukward casualties-] Aukward for ad

verse.

Line 168. Who sturces the ears she feeds, and makes them hungry, The more she gives them speech.] So, in Antony and

Cleopatra:

"Other women cloy

"The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry,

"Where most she satisfies."

MALONE.

Line 175. And how achiev'd you these endowments, which
You make more rich to owe?] owe, i. e. own or

Line 344.

possess.

Line 245. This is the rarest dream that e'er dull sleep-] The words, This is the rarest dream &c. are not addressed to Marina, but spoken aside. MALONE.

ACT V. SCENE II.

moon.

-goddess argentine,] That is, regent of the silver MALONE. Line 373. Till he had done his sacrifice,] That is, till Pericles had done his sacrifice. MALONE.

Line 375. The interim, pray you, all confound.] To confound here signifies to consume.

MALONE,

END OF THE ANNOTATIONS ON PERICLES.

ANNOTATIONS

ON

KING LEAR.

ACT I. SCENE I.

LINE 4. in the division of the kingdom,] There is something of obscurity or inaccuracy in this preparatory scene. The king has already divided his kingdom, and yet when he enters he examines his daughters, to discover in what proportions he should divide it. Perhaps Kent and Glocester only were privy to his design, which he still kept in his own hands, to be changed or performed as subsequent reasons should determine him.

Line 18. 38.

JOHNSON. -being so proper.] i. e. handsome. MALONE. -express our darker purpose.] That is, we have already made known in some measure our desire of parting the kingdom; we will now discover what has not been told before, the reasons by which we shall regulate the partition.

JOHNSON.

Line 61. Where merit doth most challenge it.] i. e. where the claim of merit is superadded to that of nature. STEEVENS.

Line 71. Beyond all manner of so much-] Beyond all assignable quantity. I love you beyond limits, and cannot say it is.

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