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and contreve (see Chaucer's Rom. of the Rose, 4249 and 7547). Spenser, however, has a learned contrive of his own (though somewhat irregularly formed too), meaning to spend, consume, wear out, from the Latin contero, contrivi (from which we have also contrite). And Shakespeare also, at least in one place, uses the word in this sense :Please you we may contrive this afternoon.
Tam. of Shrew, i. 2.
SCENE IV. The heading of this scene in the original text is only “Enter Portia and Lucius.” 260. Get thee gone.
- An idiom; that is to say, a peculiar form of expression, the principle of which cannot be carried out beyond the particular instance. Thus we cannot say either Make thee gone, or He got him (or himself) gone.* Phraseologies, on the contrary, which are not idiomatic are paradigmatic, or may serve as models or moulds for others to any extent. All expression is divided into these two kinds. And a corresponding division may be made of the inflected parts of speech in any language. Thus, for instance, in Greek or Latin, while certain parts of speech are indeclinable, those that are declined are either paradigmatic (that is, exemplary), such as the noun and the verb, or non-exemplary, such as the articles and the pronouns.
262. O constancy. - Not exactly our present con
* [White asks here, “Is this true? We do not; but can we not? i. e. in accordance with the laws of thought and the principles of our language. Is there any objection but lack of usage against Make thee gone,' or 'He got him gone'?” Of course “lack of usage” is the only objection. În saying that “ we cannot,” Craik means merely that usage forbids us to say “ Make thee gone,” etc.; usage,
Quem penes arbitrium est et jus et norma loquendi.]
stancy; rather what we should now call firmness or resolution. In the same sense afterwards, in 296,
“ Cassius, be constant.” The French have another use of constant, - Il est constant (It is certain), – borrowed from the Latin impersonal constat, and not unknown to consto. See 309.
262. I have a man's mind, but a woman's might. That is, but only a woman's might.
262. How hard it is for women to keep counsel. Counsel in this phrase is what has been imparted in consultation. In the phrases To take counsel and To hold counsel it means simply consultation. The two words Counsel and Council have in some of their applications got a little intermingled and confused, although the Latin Consilium and Concilium, from which they are severally derived, have no connection. A rather perplexing instance occurs in a passage towards the conclusion of Bacon's Third Essay, entitled Of Unity in Religion, which is commonly thus given in the modern editions : “Surely in counsels concerning religion, that counsel of the apostle would be prefixed -- Ira hominis non implet justitiam Dei.” But as published by Bacon himself, if we may trust Mr. Singer's late elegant reprint, the words are," in Councils concerning Religion, that Counsel of the Apostle -" What are we to say, however, to the Latin version, executed under Bacon's own superintendence? “ Certe optandum esset, ut in omnibus circa Religionem consiliis, ante oculos hominum præfigeretur monitum illud Apostoli.” I quote from the Elzevir edition of 1662, p. 20. Does this support Councils or Counsels concerning Religion? Other somewhat doubtful instances occur in the 20th Essay, entitled “Of Counsel,” and in the 29th, “ Of the True Greatness of Kingdoms and Estates.”
266. I heard a bustling rumour, like a fray. Mr. Knight has by mistake “I hear.” Rumor is here (though not generally in Shakespeare) only a noise ; a fray is a fight, from the French ; bustle is apparently connected with busy, which is a Saxon word.
267. Sooth, madam. - Sooth, when used at all, , may still mean either truth or true. We see that in Shakespeare's time it also meant truly. The Saxon sóth is in like manner used in all these different ways.
268. Come hither, fellow; which way hast thou been ? — The line, which stands thus in the original edition, and makes a perfect verse, is commonly cut up into two hemistichs. But “ Which
hast thou been” is not a possible commencement of a verse, unless we were to lay an emphasis on thou, which would be absurd. Our been, it may be noted, is here, and commonly elsewhere, bin in the old text, as the word is still pronounced. Tyrwhitt would substitute Artemidorus for the Soothsayer in this scene; but the change is not necessary. It is to be observed that we have both Artemidorus and the Soothsayer in the next scene (the First of the Third Act). Nevertheless, there is some apparent want of artifice in what may be almost described as the distribution of one part between two dramatis personæ; and there may possibly be something wrong.
270. What is't o'clock ? - In the original text a clocke. See 65.
276. Why, knowest thou any harm's intended towards him ? - Any harm that is intended. As in 34 and 214.
277. None that I know, etc. Hanmer and Steevens object to the may chance here, as at once unnecessary to the sense and injurious to the prosody. We should not have much missed the two words, certainly ; but they may be borne with. The line is bisected in the original edition ; but, if it is to be accepted, it is better, perhaps, to consider it as a prolonged verse. In this somewhat doubtful instance the rhythm will be certainly that of an Alexandrine. Let the three words know will be, and also the three fear may chance, at any rate, be each and all emphatically enunciated.
277. I'll get me. — Compare this with get thee gone in 260, and also with get you home in i.
277. [A place more void. — For void = empty, as here, see Gen. i. 2; 1 Kings xxii. 10. So Hall, Hen. VIII.: “and yet was in euery voyde place spangels of golde.” In Wiclif's Bible, Luke xx. 10, we have, “ beeten him, and letten him go voyde.”]
278. Ay me! how weak a thing. - This (written Aye me) is the reading of all the old copies. That of the modern editions, Mr. Collier's one-volume included, is “Ah me!” The readers of Milton will remember his “ Ay me! I fondly dream, Had ye been there," and, again, “ Ay me! whilst thee the shores and sounding seas Wash far away,” &c. (Lycidas, 56 and 154). So also in Comus, 511, and Samson Agonistes, 330. Even in Paradise Lost we have “Ay me! they little know How dearly I abide that boast so vain ” (iv. 86), and “ Ay me! that fear Comes thundering back with dreadful revolution” (x. 813), — although in the latter passage ah has been substituted in many of the modern editions. Ah me is a form which he nowhere uses.
278. The heart of woman is ! etc. — The broken lines here seem to require to be arranged as I have given them. We do not get a complete verse (if that were an object) by the incongruous annexation of the “O Brutus” to the previous exclamation.
278. Brutus hath a suit, etc. This she addresses in explanation to the boy, whose presence she had for a moment forgotten.
278. Commend me to my lord. — In this idiomatic or formal phrase the word commend has acquired a somewhat peculiar signification. The resolution would seem to be, Give my commendation to him, or Say that I commend myself to him, meaning that I commit and recommend myself to his affectionate remembrance. So we have in Latin - Me totum tuo amori fideique commendo” (Cicero, Epist. ad Att. iii. 20); and “ Tibi me totum commendo atque trado” (Id. Epist. Fam. ii. 6). At the same time, in considering the question of the origin and proper meaning of the English phrase the custom of what was called Commendation in the Feudal System is not to be overlooked: the vassal was said to commend himself to the person whom he selected for his lord. Commend is etymologically the same word with command; and both forms, with their derivatives, have been applied, in Latin and the modern tongues more exclusively based upon it, as well as in English, in a considerable variety of ways.
SCENE I. All the heading that we have to this Act in the original copy, where the whole is thrown into one scene, is, “ Flourish. Enter Cæsar, Brutus, Cassius, Caska, Decius, Metellus, Trebonius, Cynna, Antony, Lepidus, Artemidorus, Publius, and the Soothsayer." — A Flourish is defined by