October 31, 2006



Intransitive verb: ‘to walk laboriously, wearily, or without spirit, but steadily and persistently; ‘to jog on; to march heavily on’ (J.). Sometimes merely an undignified equivalent of ‘walk’, ‘go on foot’, but also ‘to go away, be off, depart’.(www.oed.com) When quoting The Comedy of Errors: ‘’Tis time, I think, to trudge, pack and be gone’ (III.ii.158) and Alphonsus of Aragon: ‘I saw you trudging in such posting haste’ (II), Edwards points out that the verb ‘does not imply slowness’ (Edwards, fn l.6, p.79); various editions negotiate various speeds of movement: from ‘get moving (not slowly) (Mulryne, fn l.6, p.81), ‘move on’ (Eisaman, fn l.6, p. 343), ‘move off, get going’ (Bevington, fn l.6, p. 90) to ‘be gone’ (Cairncross, fn l.6, p. 130).

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