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October 31, 2006

thou need’st not take thy breath

‘And then you need draw the breath of life no longer’ (Bevington, fn l.15, p.91).


halter

rope with a noose for hanging (www.oed.com)


kill

stab


straight

right away


leads

shows the way


fire–brand

torch


purple

blood-red


toys

trifles. ‘Trivial excuses (by which Lorenzo keeps him from the King)’ (McIlwraith, fn l.4, p.192); ‘trivial business’ (Mulryne, fn l.4, p. 81) or ‘vain trifling. Hieronimo’s pleading is drowned out by maliciously intended court drivel.’ (Bevington, fn l.4, p. 90)


seld–seen

seldom-seen. Also ‘unusual, curious’ (cf. Boas, fn l.3, p. 405)


poniard

dagger


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